Swan Hellenic

Swan Hellenic

See what others don't

Relaunched in September 2020 to proudly continue the spirit of cultural expedition cruising pioneered in the 1950s, the new Swan Hellenic builds on its British roots, with a global cultural cruising outlook aimed at providing guests with the opportunity to ‘see what others don’t’.

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Aboard innovative ships, purposely designed to explore the most inspiring and inaccessible places on the planet, and following meticulously prepared itineraries, Swan Hellenic’s guests will be immersed in wild landscapes, the wildlife, people and unique customs of the world’s less travelled regions.

From the Arctic to Antarctica, from Scotland to the Pacific Islands, from the Guianas to New Zealand.

Why Travel with Swan Hellenic?

Dedicated to guests with a passion for adventure and cultural exploration, the company’s meticulously planned itineraries explore the wild landscapes, wildlife, peoples and unique cultures of the world’s less travelled regions.

Understated elegance might be another way of phrasing what awaits a Swan Hellenic guest. Delivering superior service, the warm and friendly crew will do their utmost to ensure the trip of a lifetime. Every time.

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Destinations & Tours

Key Destinations

Antarctica, Arctic, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, British Isles & Ireland, Caribbean, Iceland, Japan, Northern Europe, Norwegian Fjords, South America, South Pacific & Tahiti, Western Europe.

Less Mobile

Hard-hulled Zodiacs will ensure all guests can enjoy the spectacular scenery from the closest and best vantage point.

Expedition Team

Swan Hellenic’s crew includes an expedition team comprising 12 seasoned guides, expert speakers and lecturers to enrich the guest experience every day. In size, the crew almost equals the number of guests on board, reflecting the high levels of attentive but unfussy service provided.

Citizen Science

On many cruises, guests can also participate in Swan Hellenic’s Citizen Science partnerships, contributing valuable data obtained during their expeditions and on board, reporting cloud data with NASA, recording whale sightings with Happywhale, monitoring phytoplankton with the Secchi Disk Study, and Antarctic seabird numbers with Stony Brook University.


Swan Hellenic’s cuisine ranges from haute cuisine to the distinctive specialities of the lands and peoples the ships are sailing to.

Maris Culinary Discovery at Sea brings a different JRE gourmet chef aboard each in a series of exclusive cruises which take guests on a parallel voyage of gastronomic discovery.


Swan Hellenic’s purpose-built ships feature elegant Scandi-design interiors, extensive outdoor spaces and dedicated expedition facilities.

SH Minerva and SH Vega, two new 5-star Polar Code PC 5 expedition cruise ships with ice-strengthened hulls, launched in December 2021 and July 2022 respectively, each accommodate 152 guests in 76 spacious suites and staterooms, the majority with large balconies.

A slightly larger PC 6 ice-class vessel, SH Diana, accommodating 192 guests in the same distinctive comfort and style in 96 staterooms and suites, was launched in April 2023.

Special Offers

Early booking discount - save up to 50% on select 2024 cruises

Up to 50% discount on selected cruises departing by 15th Nov 2024. Book by 31 October 2023.

Selected cruises include:

  • Pristine Islands of West Africa
    30 April – 8 May 2024

  • High Arctic of Svalbard
    20 – 30 June 2024
    30 June – 10 July 2024
    10 – 20 July 2024

  • Gems of the Red Sea
    26 September – 5 October 2024

Call Silver Travel Advisor on 0800 412 5678 for more information or to book.

We regularly receive special offers and discounts from our travel partners.

For the latest offers and a bespoke quotation, speak to our Silver Travel Advisors on 0800 412 5678.

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