Minerva combines the benefits of a small ship with the comfort of a country house style hotel, a combination that proved to be so popular when previously operated. An expansive refurbishment programme was undertaken prior to the vessel re-entering service. The programme of discovery cruises features established favourite destinations – world-class cities such as St Petersburg, Istanbul, Venice and Rome – as well as those less easily accessible destinations, where a smaller ship such as Minerva is often able to berth alongside. In addition the introduction to a new frontier with the Antarctica expedition cruising season. Swan Hellenic look forward to welcoming previous travellers back on board Minerva or, if you are contemplating your first cruise with Swan, to introducing you to the original concept of discovery cruising aboard this much loved ship.