SOURCE: Swan Hellenic

Swan Hellenic

May 09, 2011 09:03 ET

Swan Hellenic Launches Its Stellar 2012 Cruise Season

New Itineraries & Early Booking Fares With ALL Shore Excursions, Gratuities & Port Charges Included

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - May 9, 2011) - Swan Hellenic North America, serving the luxury small ship cruising market, unveiled its 2012 collection of magnificent 14-to-43 day itineraries featuring exciting new ports of call and hidden gems that are often missed by larger ships.

To celebrate the 2012 season launch, Swan Hellenic is extending limited time, special early booking fares available through July 29, 2011.Fares include comfortable and elegantly-appointed accommodations, shore excursions in every port, all gratuities and port charges, a renowned guest speaker program, all meals including cocktail parties and gala dinners, entertainment, plus more!

Swan Hellenic has been defining the art of small ship discovery cruising for more than 50 years, and itineraries are never repeated so each voyage is one-of-a-kind. Sailing aboard the exquisite 320-passenger Minerva in British country elegance, guests will meet fellow travelers with a shared passion for discovery in an intimate ambience. Distinguished guest speakers, unparalleled worldwide itineraries, and meticulously planned shore excursion programs are signature elements of every cruise.

Minerva's 2012 season premieres with a series of voyages to India and the Far East visiting Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Over the summer, Minerva offers round-trip cruises departing from London, UK (May through July) to destinations such as the British Isles, Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Baltic and the Black Sea before sailing through the Eastern Mediterranean for the Winter 2012 season. Swan Hellenic continues to discover new ports, including Akrafjord, Norway on the Midsummer in Norway cruise on June 20th and Ostende, Belgium offering an opportunity to visit the Flanders Fields of WWI and hear the "Last Post" at Ypres on the French Accent cruise on July 5th.

A Swan Hellenic cruise promises a wealth of discoveries and unforgettable experiences, and additional details about Minerva's new 2012 cruise collection is now available online by visiting www.swanhellenic.us. Swan Hellenic's new 2012 brochure will be released shortly; however pre-orders for the new brochure can be requested online.

Highlights of the new 2012 season include:

  • The 15-day Treasures of the British Isles (6/6/12) planned in association with the UK's National Trust, Minerva visits a number of National Trust properties including Wallington in Northumberland, Plas Newydd, the ancestral home of the Marquess of Anglesey, Greenway, the holiday home of Agatha Christie, as well as the spectacular Snowdonia National Park and the Giant's Causeway. In addition, passengers will visit the Castle of Mey -- previous residence of the Queen Mother, following a call at the Scottish port of Scrabster.

  • The 15-day A French Accent (7/5/12) visits the new port of Ostende in Belgium and Minerva takes guests on a journey experiencing the art of Amsterdam, Monet's garden at Giverney and a renowned wine region of Bordeaux. A supplementary full day excursion to the D-Day landing beaches is a highlight feature of this cruise, as is guest speaker Professor Richard Holmes, a military expert.

  • Hellenic Highlights (8/29/12) takes passengers back to the very essence of where Swan Hellenic began, pioneering discovery cruising. With over 50 years of local knowledge within Greece and Turkey, this cruise boasts extraordinary visits to the Cycladic Islands Ephesus, Aghia Sophia in Istanbul and Agamemnon's Hilltop Citadel plus other classical sites and scenic ports.

  • Delve into the ancient world surrounding the Black Sea with the 15-day Black Sea Odyssey (9/12/12). Cruise highlights include visiting the Sumela Monastery in Turkey, Livadia Palace in the Ukraine and St. Stephen's Church in Bulgaria.

  • A Byzantine Legacy (10/10/12) takes passengers along the spectacularly narrow Corinth Canal -- so slim that many cruise lines are unable to make this journey. Cruise highlights include an overnight in magical Venice, and visits to the spectacular mosaics of Ravenna, Pompeii Volcanoes of the Mediterranean and the key cities of Dubrovnik and Split.

Swan Hellenic is an award-winning cruise line and 2009 winner of the "Favourite Cruise Line, Small Ships" category by Condé Nast Traveller magazine in the United Kingdom. For more information or to make reservations, contact Swan Hellenic -- North America at (866) 923-9182 or visit www.swanhellenic.us.

Swan Hellenic is part of All Leisure Group PLC, the largest-British owned cruise ship company operating a fleet of four vessels -- Hebridean Princess (Hebridean Island Cruises), Minerva (Swan Hellenic), Discovery (Voyages of Discovery), and Alexander von Humboldt (the newest addition, to be introduced in the future). A Swan Hellenic river cruisingprogram is available. All Leisure Group PLC, publically-traded and listed on the London Stock Exchange, is the only UK listed cruise company to have maintained shareholder dividend payments in the current global economic climate.

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