SH Minerva structure from Swan Hellenic completed | Polarjournal
The shell of the SH “Minerva” is completed in the workshops of Helsinki Shipyard Inc. There is still some detail work to be done on the exterior. Now attention is focused on to the interior. (Photo: Stockmann Helsinki Center)

Now that the structure of the SH “Minerva” has been completed, the cabins are already taking shape, as Swan Hellenic announced in a press release. They showcase the Scandi-chic comfort, rich natural materials and generous, open vistas of the sea of Tillberg’s elegant designs from Sweden. A second ship is already under construction. The new PC 5 ice-class 5-star polar cruise ships, which will begin sailing in November 2021 and April 2022, will each accommodate 152 guests in 76 spacious staterooms and suites, most with large balconies. A third, somewhat larger ship is already being planned and should be ready for guests at the end of 2022.

The view from behind shows the generous sun decks. (Photo: Stockmann Helsinki Center)

The vessel is equipped with the latest polar code of the IMO and complies with ice class PC5. At 113m in length, the 10,500 ton vessel has been specially designed to explore the most inspiring and inaccessible places on the planet.

The creatively designed new ship represents the next generation of Polar Expedition vessels, designed for worldwide cruising with a strong focus on high latitude areas. The SH “Minerva” will be equipped with a 5-megawatt diesel-electric propulsion system with selective catalytic reduction.

The first ‘show cabins’ have already been installed inside the SH “Minerva”. The picture shows a cabin with a balcony. (Photo: Stockmann Helsinki Center)

Esko Karvonen, CEO of Helsinki Shipyard Inc. commented: “We are very proud of the smooth progress on SH “Minerva”, which is supported by her excellent design. It’s been an inspiring journey working on the remarkable first three ships for the iconic Swan Hellenic, and we’re sure guests exploring the world on board will feel the same.”

“We are thrilled with the outstanding work of our partners as we lead Swan Hellenic into this exciting next chapter and look forward to meeting the first guests on board when we depart for Antarctica in November 2021,” said Swan Hellenic CEO Andrea Zito.

In the picture: the lounge of a cabin with balcony. (Photo: Stockmann Helsinki Center)

Dedicated to guests with a passion for adventure and cultural exploration, the company’s meticulously planned itineraries explore the wild landscapes, wildlife, peoples and unique cultures of the world’s less travelled regions.

Heiner Kubny, PolarJournal

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