HONG KONG, July 20, 2022: Swan Hellenic’s second ice-class expedition cruise ship, SH Vega, set sail for its maiden voyage to the Arctic after its christening ceremony at a shipyard in Helsinki la last week.
Swan Hellenic CEO Andrea Zito commented: “I would like to congratulate everyone in Helsinki for their superb job in creating this wonderful new ship. We are delighted with the quality of their work, creating another unique presence on the waves. We look forward to taking its first guests to see what others don’t, exploring the Arctic in exceptional comfort and style.
The ship is now embarking on its first “cultural expedition” cruise to the Arctic, an 11-day exploration of the Svalbard archipelago.
The SH Vega is the second in a series of three ice-class cultural expedition cruise ships designed for high-end discovery experiences around the world, with a strong fondness for extreme latitude areas. At 113m, the 10,600 ton vessel has been specially designed to explore the most inspiring and inaccessible places on the planet.
Offering five-star accommodation for 152 guests in 76 spacious cabins and suites, SH Vega sails with a crew of 120 on board to provide the highest levels of personalized service.
After the christening ceremony, she set sail from Helsinki to Tromsø, Norway, for a season of inaugural cruises exploring the Arctic, from the Svalbard Peninsula and the ice-and-fire landscapes of Iceland to the spectacular majesty of Greenland, the Northwest Passage and the wilderness of northern Canada. .
In late fall, she will sail the east coast of the United States for 12 days, visiting New York, Norfolk and Charleston all the way to Miami. From November she will offer a range of 11-21 day cultural expedition cruises to Antarctica until March 2023,
SH Minerva and SH Vega will be joined early next year by the slightly larger SH Diana, which is already under construction at the Helsinki Shipyard.
About Swan Hellenic
Swan Hellenic was relaunched in July 2020 to continue the cultural expedition spirit the company launched in the 1950s. Its purpose-built vessels have 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. A slightly larger PC 6 ice-class ship, SH Diana , which can accommodate 192 passengers, will set sail in early 2023.
Based in Cyprus, the cruise line‘s Hong Kong office serves Asia-Pacific, Greater China and Southeast Asia.