SH “Minerva” released from dry dock | Polarjournal
The expedition cruise ship SH “Minerva” left the dry dock and will be handed over to the shipping company Swan Hellenic in October 2021 after completion of the interior work. (Photo: Swan Hellenic)

Last week Swan Hellenic announced that the SH “Minerva” had left Helsinki Shipyard’s dry dock and had been launched. Her sister ship, the SH “Vega”, was moved into dry dock on the same day. In addition, steel production started a few days earlier for the third and largest ship ordered in Helsinki, which currently bears the project name “Vega 3”. So Swan Hellenic’s fleet is moving forward on schedule to take adventurous and discerning travellers on a wide range of distinctive cruises. Some of the departures are already completely booked.

“We are delighted with the quality of Helsinki’s work,” added 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.” (Foto: Swan Hellenic)

All three ships are designed for minimal environmental impact and comply with the latest emission standards. At the same time, they are battery-powered, so that in future they will be able to operate emission-free and quietly in harbours and in wildlife and marine conservation areas.

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 m, the 10,500 GRT vessel has been specially designed for worldwide cruising to explore the most inspiring and inaccessible places on earth.

The restaurant has a bright modern appearance. (Photo: Swan Hellenic)

The SH “Minerva” offers elegant and spacious 5-star accommodation for 152 guests in 76 spacious cabins and suites, most of which have large balconies. The 120-strong team on board ensures the highest level of personal service. The very latest hygiene technology will protect the health of everyone on board to the highest standard and includes air conditioning with HEPA filters and UV disinfection 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 programmes 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 vessel, provisionally named “Vega 3”, in autumn 2022.

Heiner Kubny, PolarJournal

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