Swan Hellenic has been defining the art of discovery cruising for more than half a century since it was founded by the Swan family. From the start, the objective was simple: to offer a unique travel experience that visits some of the world's most culturally rich cruise destinations. An extensive shore excursion programme led by destination experts and included in the price has also been a significant element in Swan Hellenic's success.
Eminent guest speakers set the scene for the stories behind the destinations visited during each cruise; in 2015, the line's only ship, Minerva, will sail as far afield as Japan and China, summering in the Mediterranean and Baltic and then in 2016, heading for South America. The captivating orators are chosen because they are among some of the best authorities in their field and are passionate about their subject, bringing each cruise alive and sharing their knowledge with the usually very well-informed guests. In 2015, Swan Hellenic's cruises will include 'Feature Guests' as an extension to the classic Swan Hellenic speaker programme including such luminaries as Dame Jenni Murray OBE and Martin Bell OBE.
Not many cruise lines claim that the most popular public room on its ship is the library but Minerva has one of the most comprehensive libraries afloat, with an extensive collection of non-fiction, fiction and reference books. The company also enjoys what is probably the highest number of repeat customers in the cruise industry with a staggering 92 per cent of fiercely loyal guests who appreciate everything this cruise company stands for.