Swan Hellenic announced that Helsinki Shipyard has floated SH Minerva out of dry dock. Her twin ship, SH Vega, was floated in dry dock on the same day.
The line said the cultural expedition cruise leader brings the connections and insight of twenty years’ unrivalled high-end excursions design and commissioning expertise.
The cruise line - which is set to return at the end of this year - said it hoped the action would complete a package of health measures to ensure a safe environment on board.
Swan Hellenic today announced the keel laying of SH Vega, the second of three purpose-designed ice-class expedition cruise ships that Helsinki Shipyard is building for the company.
Swan Hellenic has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Nordic Cruise GSA (NCG), to provide a direct presence in Scandinavia and Iceland.
Tom Dumbrell will bring a combination of youthful energy, out-of-the-box thinking and extensive cruise industry sales management experience, the company said.
Based in Fort Lauderdale, the location will offer personal service across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including through a dedicated call centre.
The highly-experienced guide and lecturer Pierre Thomas, an expedition leader for over 26 years, has now found a new home at Swan Hellenic.
Hans Heger played an instrumental role in the historic Swan Hellenic and its first purpose-built ship, Minerva, so he brings a strong understanding of the pioneering roots of the brand.
Swan Hellenic and Helsinki Shipyard have entered into a contractual agreement for a third Vega-class expedition cruise vessel. The line hopes to return to operation in 2021.
Two state-of-the-art expedition ships are being built in Helsinki Shipyard Oy, Finland aimed at providing 152 guests an elegant, intimate and personal onboard experience.