The first ship in the reborn Swan Hellenic‘s fleet, SH Minerva, has emerged from dry dock at the Helsinki Shipyard in Finland.
Concurrently, SH Minerva‘s sister-ship, SH Vega, was floated into dry dock the same day. The interchange follows the commencement of steelwork production on Swan Hellenic’s third, and larger ship, currently named project Vega 3.
All three ships are designed for minimal environmental impact and comply with the latest emission standards, while also being battery-ready for future emission-free silent sailing in port as well as wildlife and marine reserves.
SH Minerva features a 5-megawatt diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system with selective catalytic reduction and PC5 ice-strengthened hull that is fully Safe Return to Port certified. At 115 metres, the 10,500 tonne vessel has been specially designed for worldwide cruising to explore the most inspiring and inaccessible places on earth.
Providing elegant and spacious five-star accommodation for 152 guests in 76 cabins and suites, the vast majority with large balconies, SH Minerva will be operated by an onboard team of 120 to provide the highest levels of personal service. The very latest hygiene technology will protect the health of all on board to the highest standards and includes air conditioning with HEPA filters and UV sanitisation systems.
Designed for immersive experiences from extensive open views, SH Minerva features an expedition laboratory, marine life library and observation lounge for lectures by expert expedition leaders and specialists from a wide range of disciplines. Expedition day trips by zodiac are a central feature of the programs that will be offered, along with kayaking, trekking and other activities. The on-board amenities include a gym, spa, sauna, panoramic restaurant and club lounge serving world-class cuisine, as well as a pool deck with bar.
SH Minerva will be delivered to Swan Hellenic in October 2021, SH Vega in Spring 2022 and the third ship in Autumn 2022.
“We are delighted with the quality of Helsinki’s work,” said Swan Hellenic CEO Andrea Zito. “It’s wonderful to see our vision realised so well. We know guests will be wowed from the moment they step aboard, but even more so after they become familiar with the unique lifestyle experience.”