mv Minerva

Cruise Ship details and information

mv Minerva cruise ship
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Cruise line
Swan Hellenic

Current itinerary:
14 days, A Flemish and French Masterpiece
07 Jul, 2015 - 21 Jul, 2015

ItinerariesCurrent position
Special features
Passengers Capacity 300
Crew Capacity 157
Passengers space ratio 41,49
Dining rooms 1
Casino No
Cinema Yes
Theater Yes
Library Yes
Fitness center Yes
Lifts (elevators) 2
Pools 1
Jacuzzis No
Technical Specifications
BuilderOKEAN NIKOLAEV - MARIOTTI
IMO number9144196
Year built1996
Speed16
Flagflag Bahamas
Length133.55
Draught6
Tonnage12892

Swan Hellenic's Minerva cruise ship has come a long way since its debut as the ice-strengthened hull of a planned Ukrainian spy vessel to its current position as an upscale cruise vessel with a country-house hotel ambience, catering to Brits with a tendency for educational travel. Minerva cruise ship, registered in the Bahamas, the 6-deck first came to Swan Hellenic cruise company in 1996, but was replaced by the much larger Minerva II (formerly Renaissance 8) in 2003. In 2007, the Carnival Cruise Company, Swan Hellenic's owner, eliminated the line, but it was revived by former P&O Chairman Lord Jeffrey Sterling and All Leisure, a British holding company. Minerva (I) was then chartered again, and lots of the key former Swan crew members returned to work in the office and on the board of Minerva cruise liner.

In 2011, the vessel went into dry dock for an extensive 10 million pounds refurbishment, emerging in March 2012 with new bathrooms, new verandas, an extended walkaround promenade deck and a brand-new lounge (the latter two on Promenade Deck before the renovation was known as Funnel Deck). More technical enhancements included new tenders which allow for a faster, more comfortable ride ashore when the cruise liner is anchored some distance from the dock; given some of the abnormal ports at which Minerva calls, this is an important and useful improvement.