mv Minerva

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G Adventures (Small Cruise Lines)

Currentcruise:
12 nights / 13 days, one-way from Trieste to Piraeus
17 Sep, 2017 - 29 Sep, 2017

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mv Minerva Review and Specifications

Specifications of mv Minerva

Year built 1996  /  Age : 21
Flag state Bahamas
Builder T. Mariotti (Genoa, Italy)
Owner G Adventures
Operator G Adventures
Speed 13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph
Length (LOA) 133 m / 436 ft
Beam (width) 20 m / 66 ft
Gross Tonnage 12900 gt
Passengers 320 - 394
Crew 160
Passengers-to-space ratio 36
Decks 6
Cabins 197
Decks with cabins 4
Last Refurbishment 2012
Former names Saga Pearl, Explorer II, Alexander von Humboldt

Review of mv Minerva

MV Minerva cruise ship has a long history - from a planned Ukrainian (USSR) spy vessel to the current position of an upscale smaller-sized cruise ship catering to UK passengers with country-house hotel atmosphere and a tendency for educational travel.

History - construction & ownership

The first Minerva ship was built in 1989, originally intended to be the Okean – Soviet research vessel. The deal fell through and in 1996 Minerva was bought by Swan Hellenic (subsidiary of P&O at the time). After in 2003 the ship's lease ran out, Minerva sailed briefly as "Saga Pearl" with Saga Cruises, and was later chartered to Abercrombie & Kent as "Explorer II", offering itineraries to South America and Antarctica. For a short period of time, MV Minerva also sailed for Phoenix Reisen as Alexander von Humboldt, and in July 2007 she was acquired by Swan Hellenic re-launched line.MV Minerva cruise ship

The 12,892-ton, 350-passenger ship mv Minerva was last refurbished in 2012 for USD 17 million. Due to her refit, the ship received 32 additional balconies, forward facing observation bar and lounge (Orpheus) on top deck, an internet lounge, extension to Shackleton Bar, outdoor walk around promenade deck, new facilities in each cabin.

In 2017, the UK-based cruise comany Swan Hellenic (Minerva's shipowner) was acquired by G Adventures. With the purchase, G Adventures added small ship cruises to its small-ship adventure cruise travel itineraries. The acquisition followed Swan Hellenic's administration procedure (January 4, 2017). All future bookings (over 13,000) were cancelled and fully refunded.

Cruise itinerary program

MV Minerva itinerary program is based on a World Cruise, as well as sailings in Asia (calling at Singapore and Hong Kong), Suez Canal and Mediterranean cruises leaving from Athens/Piraeus, Venice and Rome. The new shipowners (G Adventures) itinerary program for Minerva will be announced sometime in 2017.

Cabins

Accommodation is the area that received much attention during the 2011 refit of mv Minerva. The new thirty-two balconies that had been added to the cabins and suites on ship's Sun Deck, in addition to the already existing 12 balcony suites on the Bridge Deck, brought the total to 44 cabins with balconies onboard. The remainder of the outside cabins feature windows or portholes. There are also 46 inside cabins, and 4 cabins across all grades that are equipped for wheelchairs. Certain cabins are designated for single use, as the line carries a large number of solo passengers.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

All meals on board Minerva take place in the Swan Restaurant on the Main Deck, or in the Veranda, which is a buffet-style informal cafe.  The food in the MDR is typical English fare like the one found in a good restaurant. The most creative dishes are the meat dishes and the soups. Many menus reflect the area in which the cruise ship is sailing, and a lot of ingredients are locally sourced.MV Minerva cruise ship

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

The greatest strength of Swan Hellenic are the lecture programs, so there is little of the typical cruise entertainment onboard mv Minerva. In the Darwin Lounge on the Main Deck guests can enjoy a young quartet singing and playing a variety of instruments. Special solo concerts are also played in the evenings. The crew of mv Minerva puts on one show during the voyage.MV Minerva cruise ship

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  • In January 2017, the shipowner All Leisure Group cancelled all January cruises on MV Voyager (Voyages of Discovery brand) and also on MV Minerva (Swan Hellenic brand). The Voyager ship was supposed to depart from Malaysia on Jan 4 (15-day Asian itinerary), and the Minerva ship on Jan 3 (15-day Canaries itinerary). The owner company explained its decision in brief Twitter post as “operational reasons”. All Leisure Group also owns the brand "Hebridean Island Cruises" and other travel businesses. In early 2016, the company's Managing Director and chairman R.J. Allard announced that “cruise division continued to be unprofitable”. For more information read this CruiseMapper news article.

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mv Minerva Itineraries 2017

The below listed mv Minerva cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Small Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Genoa cruise port

03 September 2017 14 nights / 15 days, one-way from Genoa to Trieste
Prices starting
from $3045
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03 Sep      Departing from Genoa, Italy   
04 Sep 07:00 - 22:00     Carrara, Italy   
05 Sep 08:00 - 22:00     Portoferraio, Elba, Italy   
06 Sep 07:00 - 17:00     Bastia, Corsica, France   
07 Sep 07:00 - 19:00     Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy   
08 Sep 08:00 - 14:00     Olbia, Sardinia, Italy   
09 Sep 08:00 - 20:00     Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy   
11 Sep 07:00 - 17:00     Lipari Island, Italy   
12 Sep 07:00 - 17:00     Siracusa, Sicily, Italy   
14 Sep 08:00 - 18:00     Kotor, Montenegro   
16 Sep 07:00 - 22:00     Venice, Italy   
17 Sep      Arriving in Trieste, Italy   
Rijeka cruise port

17 September 2017 12 nights / 13 days, one-way from Trieste to Piraeus
Prices starting
from $3250
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17 Sep      Departing from Trieste, Italy   
19 Sep 08:00 - 18:00     Ravenna, Italy   
20 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Rijeka, Croatia   
21 Sep     Sibenik, Croatia   
22 Sep - 19:00     Hvar Island, Hvar, Croatia   
22 Sep     Split, Croatia   
24 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Korcula Island, Korcula, Croatia   
24 Sep     Dubrovnik, Croatia   
26 Sep 07:00 - 19:00     Kotor, Montenegro   
28 Sep 07:00 - 18:00     Katakolon, Olympia, Greece   
29 Sep 07:00 - 13:00     Itea, Greece   
29 Sep     Corinth Canal, Greece   
29 Sep      Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece   
Piraeus cruise port

01 October 2017 13 nights / 14 days, round-trip Sparkling Aegean
Prices starting
from $2800
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01 Oct      Departing from Piraeus, Athens, Greece   
03 Oct 07:00 - 19:00     Nafplio, Greece   
04 Oct 08:00 - 18:00     Milos Island, Greece   
05 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece   
06 Oct     Rhodes Island, Greece   
07 Oct - 19:00     Symi Island, Greece   
08 Oct 08:00 - 22:00     Kusadasi, Ephesus, Turkey   
10 Oct 07:00 - 17:00     Kavala, Greece   
11 Oct 07:00 - 20:00     Thessaloniki, Greece   
12 Oct - 20:00     Skyros Island, Greece   
13 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Delos Island, Greece   
14 Oct      Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece   
Piraeus cruise port

14 October 2017 13 nights / 14 days, round-trip Inspiring Islands And The Corinth Canal
Prices starting
from $2435
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14 Oct      Departing from Piraeus, Athens, Greece   
15 Oct     Corinth Canal, Greece   
16 Oct 08:00 - 18:00     Cephalonia Island, Argostoli, Greece   
17 Oct 19:00 - 14:00     Sarande, Albania   
19 Oct 07:00 - 18:00     Catania, Sicily, Italy   
20 Oct     Valletta, Malta   
23 Oct 08:00 - 18:00     Zakynthos Island, Greece   
25 Oct 08:00 - 19:00     Patmos Island, Greece   
26 Oct 08:00 - 18:00     Tinos Island, Greece   
27 Oct      Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece   
Piraeus cruise port

27 October 2017 13 nights / 14 days, one-way from Piraeus to Muscat
Prices starting
from $1095
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27 Oct      Departing from Piraeus, Athens, Greece   
30 Oct     Suez Canal   
06 Nov     Salalah, Oman   
09 Nov      Arriving in Muscat, Oman   
Muscat cruise port

09 November 2017 10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Muscat to Dubai
Prices starting
from $2795
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09 Nov      Departing from Muscat, Oman   
11 Nov 06:00 - 14:00     Sur, Oman   
12 Nov - 19:00     Fujairah, UAE   
13 Nov 08:00 - 19:00     Khasab, Musandam, Oman   
15 Nov 07:00 - 22:00     Mina Salman, Manama, Bahrain Island   
17 Nov 07:00 - 18:00     Sir Bani Yas Island, UAE   
18 Nov 11:00 - 22:00     Abu Dhabi, UAE   
19 Nov      Arriving in Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE   
Dubai cruise port

20 November 2017 14 nights / 15 days, one-way from Dubai to Colombo
Prices starting
from $2695
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20 Nov      Departing from Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE   
22 Nov 07:00 - 14:00     Khasab, Musandam, Oman   
25 Nov - 19:00     Porbandar, India   
26 Nov     Mumbai, Bombay, India   
29 Nov 07:00 - 18:00     Mormugao, Goa, India   
01 Dec     Cochin, India   
03 Dec - 18:00     Tuticorin, Thoothukudi, India   
04 Dec      Arriving in Colombo, Sri Lanka   
Colombo cruise port

05 December 2017 13 nights / 14 days, one-way from Colombo to Singapore
Prices starting
from $2295
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05 Dec      Departing from Colombo, Sri Lanka   
09 Dec 07:00 - 17:00     Chennai, Madras, India   
12 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Port Blair, South Andaman Island, India   
14 Dec 08:00 - 18:00     Phuket, Phuket Island, Thailand   
15 Dec 08:00 - 21:00     Pulau Langkawi Island, Malaysia   
16 Dec 08:00 - 17:00     Pulau Penang Island, Georgetown, Malaysia   
18 Dec      Arriving in Singapore   
Singapore cruise port

19 December 2017 15 nights / 16 days, round-trip Festive Indonesia
Prices starting
from $3645
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19 Dec      Departing from Singapore   
22 Dec 07:00 - 19:00     Jakarta, Java, Indonesia   
23 Dec - 20:00     Cirebon, Java, Indonesia   
26 Dec 07:00 - 19:00     Benoa, Bali, Indonesia   
27 Dec 07:00 - 14:00     Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia   
28 Dec - 19:00     Pulau Komodo Island, Indonesia   
31 Dec 07:00 - 19:00     Semarang, Java, Indonesia   
03 Jan      Arriving in Singapore   

mv Minerva Itineraries 2018

The below listed mv Minerva cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Small Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Singapore cruise port

04 January 2018 13 nights / 14 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong
Prices starting
from $3395
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04 Jan      Departing from Singapore   
08 Jan     Phu My, Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, Vietnam   
11 Jan 07:00 - 14:00     Quy Nhon, Vietnam   
12 Jan 08:00 - 20:00     Da Nang, Vietnam   
14 Jan     Halong Bay, Vietnam   
17 Jan      Arriving in Hong Kong, China   
Hong Kong cruise port

18 January 2018 15 nights / 16 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Klang
Prices starting
from $3195
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18 Jan      Departing from Hong Kong, China   
22 Jan 07:00 - 18:00     Manila, Luzon Island, Philippines   
24 Jan 08:00 - 18:00     Bohol Island, Tagbilaran, Philippines   
26 Jan 07:00 - 19:00     Sandakan, Borneo, Malaysia   
28 Jan 07:00 - 19:00     Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia   
29 Jan 07:00 - 18:00     Bandar Seri Begawan, Muara, Brunei   
01 Feb 07:00 - 17:00     Singapore   
02 Feb      Arriving in Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   
Klang cruise port

03 February 2018 14 nights / 15 days, one-way from Klang to Colombo
Prices starting
from $3345
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03 Feb      Departing from Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   
05 Feb - 22:00     Pulau Penang Island, Georgetown, Malaysia   
06 Feb 07:00 - 18:00     Pulau Langkawi Island, Malaysia   
07 Feb     Phuket, Phuket Island, Thailand   
10 Feb     Yangon, Rangoon, Myanmar   
16 Feb 13:00 - 21:00     Galle, Sri Lanka   
17 Feb      Arriving in Colombo, Sri Lanka   
Colombo cruise port

18 February 2018 13 nights / 14 days, one-way from Colombo to Muscat
Prices starting
from $2995
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18 Feb      Departing from Colombo, Sri Lanka   
20 Feb 11:00 - 19:00     Tuticorin, Thoothukudi, India   
21 Feb     Cochin, India   
23 Feb 13:00 - 19:00     Mangalore, India   
24 Feb - 22:00     Mormugao, Goa, India   
26 Feb 07:00 - 19:00     Mumbai, Bombay, India   
28 Feb 07:00 - 18:00     Porbandar, India   
03 Mar      Arriving in Muscat, Oman   
Muscat cruise port

04 March 2018 16 nights / 17 days, one-way from Muscat to Piraeus
Prices starting
from $1945
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04 Mar      Departing from Muscat, Oman   
08 Mar 07:00 - 17:00     Salalah, Oman   
11 Mar 07:00 - 17:00     Djibouti   
15 Mar 07:00 - 23:00     Safaga, Egypt   
17 Mar     Suez Canal   
19 Mar 07:00 - 14:00     Heraklion, Crete, Greece   
20 Mar      Arriving in Piraeus, Athens, Greece   
Piraeus cruise port

20 March 2018 13 nights / 14 days, one-way from Piraeus to Civitavecchia
Prices starting
from $2545
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20 Mar      Departing from Piraeus, Athens, Greece   
21 Mar     Corinth Canal, Greece   
22 Mar 08:00 - 18:00     Cephalonia Island, Argostoli, Greece   
23 Mar 07:00 - 15:00     Sarande, Albania   
23 Mar     Corfu Island, Greece   
25 Mar     Dubrovnik, Croatia   
27 Mar 07:00 - 18:00     Brindisi, Italy   
29 Mar 07:00 - 15:00     Messina, Taormina, Sicily, Italy   
30 Mar 07:00 - 18:00     Palermo, Sicily, Italy   
31 Mar     Naples, Italy   
02 Apr      Arriving in Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy   
Civitavecchia cruise port

03 April 2018 13 nights / 14 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Lisbon
Prices starting
from $2095
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03 Apr      Departing from Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy   
05 Apr 07:00 - 14:00     Portoferraio, Elba, Italy   
06 Apr 09:00 - 19:00     Toulon, France Riviera   
07 Apr 07:00 - 17:00     Sete, France   
08 Apr     Tarragona, Costa Daurada, Spain   
10 Apr 07:00 - 18:00     Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain   
12 Apr 07:00 - 19:00     Motril, Spain   
13 Apr 07:00 - 19:00     Gibraltar, UK   
14 Apr 07:00 - 20:00     Cadiz, Spain   
16 Apr      Arriving in Lisbon, Portugal   
Lisbon cruise port

17 April 2018 12 nights / 13 days, one-way from Lisbon to Portsmouth
Prices starting
from $2045
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17 Apr      Departing from Lisbon, Portugal   
19 Apr - 22:00     Porto, Portugal   
20 Apr 07:00 - 18:00     Vigo, Spain   
22 Apr 07:00 - 17:00     Bilbao, Spain   
23 Apr     Bordeaux, France   
25 Apr - 18:00     La Rochelle, France   
26 Apr 08:00 - 19:00     Lorient, France   
27 Apr 07:00 - 18:00     Brest, France   
28 Apr 11:00 - 18:00     Guernsey, St Peter Port, Channel Islands   
29 Apr      Arriving in Portsmouth, England