Swan Hellenic’s SH Minerva charts her course for Antarctica

Inaugural expedition adjustment, now a 10-day New Year cruise

Swan Hellenic’s new ship, SH Minerva, has this week departed Helsinki for Argentina and her first cultural expedition cruise of Antarctica.

The inaugural cruise is now a 10-day New Year celebration cruise from Ushuaia, departing on 29 December 2021. That differs to the previously flagged 22-day voyage which was slated to sail on 22 December.

SH Minerva was delivered on 3 December following her christening on 23 November and three days of sea trials in which the next-generation polar expedition vessel. The new purpose-designed ship sailed through the Kiel Canal on 6 December.

She is the first in a series of three high ice class cultural expedition cruise vessels made for premium cruise experiences worldwide. SH Minerva features a 5-megawatt diesel-electric propulsion system with selective catalytic reduction and a PC5 ice-strengthened hull with extra-large stabilisers for exceptional passenger comfort. The vessels have been designed to meet the latest environmental regulations.

SH Minerva navigates the Kiel canal enroute from Helsinki to Ushuaia

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SH Minerva accommodates up to 152 guests in 76 cabins and suites, and is completely self-sufficient for up to 40 days or 8,000 nautical miles. Preparations have been made to implement battery technology which would also make it possible to operate silently. The vessels are equipped with exhaust gas cleaning, advanced wastewater treatment systems and the waste storage facilities required for operating in sensitive polar areas.

The vessel is set to take her first guests on a 10-day cultural expedition cruise of the Antarctic to celebrate the New Year. There, they will explore the sights and wildlife of the peninsula and milder Shetland Islands.

Minerva will be followed by her sister ship SH Vega (NB517) and the slightly larger NB518, which are both under construction at Helsinki Shipyard.

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