Swan Hellenic Changes Course for Russia/Ukraine Conflict, Asian Restrictions

Swan Hellenic has changed its 2022-2023 cruise schedules in response to the Russia/Ukraine crisis and ongoing COVID-19-related restrictions across Asia. 

So, the line announced that its first ship, the 152-passenger Minerva, which launched in late 2021, will set a new course into the Northern Hemisphere for its Arctic season, preceded by new UK and Celtic discovery cruises.

Two Ships in Antarctica

In addition, the line's second ship, Vega, which is now set to launch in September, will join Minerva for the next Antarctica season. That polar-class (PC5) expedition vessel is slated to leave Helsinki Shipyard in September.

Vega will set a course directly for Argentina to join her twin ship for the 2022-23 Antarctica season, which remains unchanged. 

All the new and revised cruise itineraries are now provided on the Swan Hellenic website: www.swanhellenic.com.

“Like the cruise industry as a whole, we’ve moved fast in response to the tragic situation in Ukraine,” says Andrea Zito, CEO, Swan Hellenic. "While apologizing to our guests for the disappointment this has caused and grateful for their understanding, we’re very proud of the exciting new itineraries and opportunities we’ve created for them." 

A brand founded in the 1950s, culturally-focused Swan Hellenic was relaunched in July 2020 with a focus on cultural expedition cruising.

The line's two ships feature ice-strengthened hulls, elegant Scandi-design interiors, three dining venues, many outdoor spaces and dedicated expedition facilities. Both vessels carry an expedition team of 12 guides, expert speakers and lecturers. 

A slightly larger PC 6 ice-class vessel accommodating 192 guests will be delivered to Swan Hellenic in early 2023.

Swam Hellenic is headquartered in Cyprus, with offices in many global cities including Fort Lauderdale, which serves the North American market. 

For more information about Swan Hellenic, please visit www.swanhellenic.com