Swan Hellenic Cruising operates the Minerva cruise ship. The Minerva was originally intended to be a Soviet research vessel, but when that business deal fell through she began her journey as a Swan Hellenic vessel. Having been leased by other cruise lines, the Minerva is being sailed once again by Swan Hellenic is the Antarctica.
- Originally intended as a Soviet research vessel
- 350 passenger capacity
- Cruises are geared to the more mature passenger
Dining on the Minerva cruise ship is taken seriously. There is one restaurant that has open seating during normal operating hours. The menus have an international flare with light and vegetarian dishes always available. Specific dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice. Dress for dinner is semi-formal with men wearing jackets and ties. There are also several formal evenings every week. If you are looking for a different setting, try the Bridge Cafe with its indoor and outdoor seating. If you prefer to stay in your room for a meal you can always order from room service to fulfill your appetite.
Entertainment and Nightlife
Passengers do not board the Minerva Cruise Ship for the glitzy entertainment or to dance in the conga line around the nightclub. Entertainment on the Minerva comes in the form of absorbing the sights and learning about the region that the cruise is exploring. For that you will find plenty of space on the decks to stretch out, relax and take in the scenery. There are lectures held in the Darwin Lounge given by historians and professors who speak about the history and culture about the countries and regions on the itinerary. While there may not be a conga line, the Darwin Lounge does host a band in the evening. Also visit the Wheeler or Shackleton Bars for a cocktail before retiring to your room for the evening.
The Minerva cruise ship has 194 staterooms divided into standard, deluxe, superior and suite categories. Staterooms with twin beds can be easily converted to a queen bed upon request. Each stateroom is equipped with a flat screen television, DVD player, radio, telephone, table and chair, hair dryer, safe and binoculars. Standard staterooms come with a shower, while all other categories come with a bathtub and shower combo. The deluxe and superior cabins come with picturesque windows and the suites have balconies with large patio doors. Sitting areas with table, refrigerator as well as a sofa and chair can be found in deluxe staterooms and suites.
The Minerva has limited recreational facilities. There is a pool for those wishing to take a dip. The fitness center is modestly equipped with a weight machine, one treadmill and a cycle and cross-trainer. There is a salon that offers a menu of services from a body wrap to haircuts. There are inflatable Zodiacs that allow for excursions and of course there is plenty of deck space for resting, relaxing and enjoying the scenery.