And whilst the ship is relatively small, the savings you could make are pleasantly large. With a highly inclusive package that includes gratuities, shore excursions, all meals, the opportunity to listen to excellent guest speakers, and a detailed cruise book that’s specific to your trip; you can leave behind those nagging worries of a big bill and enjoy yourself within excellent surroundings.
But the comfort and style that Minerva offers is just the beginning of your journey. A journey that will take you through cities of music, culture and art, through towns of historic importance and modern influence, through evocative landscapes and breath-taking scenery, and ends in you counting down the days until your next trip away.
With 190 cabins in total, 100 of these being outside facing and 44 having balconies, the accommodation on board a Swan Hellenic cruise is fantastic. The recently updated décor is stylish and finished well and you will have access to all the facilities you would expect and more.
From inside cabins all the way to superior balcony suites, there is enough space to feel relaxed and enough finesse to make you feel special. With en-suite facilities, amble storage room, air-conditioning and plenty more mod-cons besides; you will feel right at home in whichever accommodation grade you choose to stay.
Guests embarking on a Swan Hellenic cruise can choose from two different restaurants when it comes to dining. Whether it’s time for breakfast, lunch or a delicious evening meal; there is plenty of choice and plenty of flavour to excite those expectant taste buds. The Veranda offers the choice to eat either inside or outside, whilst the main Swan Restaurant is the perfect setting for a meal in delightful surroundings.
And not only are you free to choose whatever takes your fancy from the alluring menu, but you can also sit where you like, make your way to the restaurant when you like and choose whichever company you like too. There are no dining restrictions of this kind; helping to create a relaxed and open environment which is perfect for making new friends.
If you need help making your mind up when choosing between the many fresh and tantalising dishes on offer, the waiting staff will be on hand to make a recommendation. The attentive yet unassuming way in which they assist diners means that you know they are there when you need them but will never impose on your meal. Often offering brilliant wine suggestions and always providing a great service all round; the way they conduct themselves is as elegant as the surroundings.
As well as the two restaurants there are no less than four lounges where you can sit and simply watch the world go by. The Orpheus, Livingstone and Darwin lounges are great places to relax with a drink or chat with new acquaintances, whilst the internet lounge is the ideal setting to turn all your loved ones back home green with envy as you recount tales from your trip and share the odd photo.
Furthermore there are two bars which offer a comprehensive choice of alcoholic and soft drinks, as you ponder your next port to the sound of soft piano music in the background. Away from the bars and lounges there is also a swimming pool, library, beauty salon and a gift shop where you can buy any essentials or souvenirs.
As mentioned above, all shore excursions are included in the price you pay at the start and so you have the freedom to do everything that is available without worrying about incurring additional charges. Also the wide range of options available means there is something for everybody. So whether you enjoy exploring on a walk or hike, or you would prefer to culture yourself in the local museums and galleries; the choice is always there.
The excursion programmes are extremely well planned and designed to help you get the most out of each destination that you visit. They will vary in length and take place at different times of the day so that you can really tailor your experience to your own personal preferences.