Swan Hellenic?

For those looking to adventure to the far reaches of Antarctic and the Artic, for explorers yearning to visit little-known harbours and hidden villages -it’s time to embark on a grand voyage with Swan Hellenic. With more than seven decades of expertise in crafting extraordinary jaunts to undiscovered locales, Swan Hellenic cruises are the perfect choice for those who want more than just a simple holiday. Packed with unique and immersive experiences for the entire duration of your expedition cruise, every moment promises to be unforgettable.

What’s more, each Swan Hellenic cruise ship has been carefully designed with elegance and comfort in mind. Reserve a table at exquisite onboard restaurants that provide tantalising culinary experiences every night. Unwind in stunning accommodation that instantly feel like your second home. Revel in world-class service provided by superb staff that respond to any request or query. Experience the best there is in expedition sailing by booking a Swan Hellenic cruise with Discerning Traveller today.

Facts & Figures

Founded: 1950
Ships: 3
Max Passengers: 152

Is Swan Hellenic right for you?

Swan Hellenic cruises are fantastic for active adventurers wishing to discover off-the-beaten path locales across planet Earth. Every itinerary with Swan Hellenic has been carefully constructed to maximise exploration at each destination. Offering an astonishing selection of onshore excursions at every stop, guests are immersed in the region and are taken on magical adventures unlike anything else in the world. From exhilarating zodiac outings to awe-inspiring icebergs and enriching guided tours through rarely visited islands, Swan Hellenic have left no stone unturned in crafting expedition cruises that stand well above the rest.

Guests who book Swan Hellenic expedition cruises also enjoy sophisticated elegance at every quiet moment in-between each port of call. Their 5-star Scandi-designed ship SH Minerva has been made to handle the remote waters of the polar regions whilst simultaneously keeping guests in constant comfort and luxury. With sprawling, open public spaces great for socialising with fellow explorers, delectable dining serving mouth-watering meals, and a world-class fitness and spa facility, no expense has been spared in creating a journey you’ll never forget.

What comes complimentary on Swan Hellenic?

Your passenger fare on Swan Hellenic cruises will include:

  • Accommodation in spacious cabins
  • Airport and hotel transfers to the cruise ship
  • All meals while onboard including 24-hour room service
  • All non-alcoholic and select alcoholic beverages
  • Shore excursion programme conducted by the expedition team (on Antarctica and Arctic voyages only)
  • Lecture programmes conducted by guest speakers and the expedition team
  • Onboard gratuities and port taxes
  • Basic Wi-Fi

Why book a river cruise with Swan Hellenic?

  • Discover one unforgettable destination after the next as Swan Hellenic takes you to locales unlike anywhere else
  • Explore each destination through a deeply immersive and hands-on shore excursion programme led by an experienced expedition team
  • Enjoy sophisticated elegance as you sail on a 5-star expedition ship boasting countless amenities and stunning facilities

Our Recommendation

Embark on a brilliant once-in-a-lifetime journey to Antarctica

Want to set sail on a grand adventure unlike anything you have ever done before? We highly recommend you book a cabin on the epic Antarctica cruise with Swan Hellenic. With specialised ships perfect for Antarctica cruises, journey around the White Continent in unmatched style. From colossal icebergs, unending snow dusted landscapes, to the astonishing local wildlife, this journey is one you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

Contact us today to learn more about Antarctica cruises with Swan Hellenic.

Uncover the mysteries of Carthage and the Moors

Set sail from Lisbon on a mystical adventure across Portugal, Spain, Italy, and beyond on the "Mysteries of Carthage and the Moors". Unwind on a luxury ship as you experience a highly curated voyage as you explore Mediterranean wonders and North African delights. A melting pot of cultures boasting many centuries of history, discover this amazing region all whist indulging in unmatched style and elegance.

Learn more about the "Mysteries of Carthage and the Moors" cruise with Discerning Traveller.

What are the accommodation options on Swan Hellenic?

Regardless of your choice between cabin or suite, guests onboard Swan Hellenic expedition cruises are welcomed to an incredible world of luxury. Astonishingly spacious and artfully arranged with tasteful furniture, each space has been designed to instantly make you feel right at home. Take a further look at each type of accommodation option below.


Boasting a wealth of space to unwind and relax, the Oceanview cabin has all you need for a relaxing trip – and a little bit more! With a well-appointed bedroom, comfortable living room, and an elegant ensuite bathroom, your time in the Oceanview cabin promises to be amazing. For those who adore a floor-to-ceiling direct view of your surroundings, we cannot help but recommend the Balcony cabins. Offering gueststheir own private outdoor balcony space to soak in the glorious view, the Balcony cabin is a fantastic choice for travellers who love to connect with their destination.


Guests who desire an enhanced level of sophistication during their dream escape need to book into one of Swan Hellenic’s suites. Fitted with a heavenly super king bed, a commodious separate living space featuring a flame-effect fireplace, and an expanded private balcony, guests will have all the luxuries needed for a superb expedition cruise. Those who yearn for the epitome of excellence as they sail to far-reaching destinations such as Antarctica can book into the Premium Suite. With everything from a normal suite enhanced and further improved, the Premium Suite will feel like an inviting paradise from the moment you enter.

What dining options are available on Swan Hellenic?

A major highlight for any holiday is the unique, flavoursome, and delicious cuisine you try along the way. Knowing this, Swan Hellenic have designed and curated a sublime dining experience, with a refined selection of bars and restaurants for guests to dine in during their expedition cruise. With world-renowned chefs preparing a delightful menu that blends international trends with delectable regional tastes, your dining experience with Swan Hellenic is sure to be impeccable.

Their main dining option, the Swan Restaurant, is a stunning venue that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Offering open-seated dining as well as alternative meals for those with dietary requirements, every guest is sure to find a dish that perfectly suits their personal tastes. A private dining option is also possible with limited availability, with intimate and bespoke meals served as an executive chef and sommelier guide you through the entire culinary journey.

For those looking an even more private experience, guests can also enjoy 24-hour in-cabin room service, with its own curated dining menu to choose from.

Is there a dress code for Swan Hellenic?

Expedition cruising can oftentimes transport you to locales unlike anywhere else on Earth. In doing so, wearing formal clothes can be rather strenuous and impractical. As such, Swan Hellenic has a relaxed dress code on all their cruises, with no formal clothes required during meal times. Casual wear is completely fine during the day and night, including trousers, jeans, sportswear, long-sleeve tops, casual shirts, and skirts.

It is important to note in cold regions such as the Arctic and Antarctica, while the interior will always be warm and comfortable, not requiring any heavy layering, the exterior can be very cold. Swan Hellenic recommends once you have returned to the ship after spending a day adventuring to have an extra layer of clothing in close reach in case you wish to pop outside to observe a special moment.

What are the most popular activities on a Swan Hellenic cruise?

Guests on Swan Hellenic cruises will spend the majority of their sailing either outside the ship exploring the magnificent destination or attending an enriching lecture conducted by the expedition team. Offering an extraordinary excursions program, as well as the allure of each locale, guests cannot help but spend their holiday immersing themselves in the region. Otherwise, guests can often be found enjoying the various facilities available throughout the ship. From sharing stories with newfound friends in the Club Lounge, rejuvenating their body at the sauna, to ordering a tantalising meal at the Swan Restaurant, guests have a whole world to explore on the ship as well as off it.


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