Swan Hellenic introduces 2024 cultural expedition cruises

   July 5, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

Travelers looking for an authentic experience with unique wildlife, historic sites, and lesser-known destinations will enjoy Swan Hellenic's 2024 brochure, which can be also found online.

Swan Hellenic's cultural expedition voyages are the preferred choice of adventurous individuals from different generations seeking in-depth exploration of various regions. Swan Hellenic's itineraries visit destinations in the Arctic, Antarctica, and other parts of the world such as Brazil, the Bijagos Archipelago, Norway, Nova Scotia, Argentina, Africa, Madagascar, and the Mediterranean.

The company offers exclusive exploration opportunities worldwide through its ships, SH Vega and SH Diana. These cruises range from 8-day expeditions to epic 21-night semi-circumnavigation voyages. Accompanied by experienced guides, renowned experts, scientists, and explorers, passengers can expect an immersive journey.

SH Vega will begin by exploring the Antarctic Peninsula from Ushuaia until early March 2024. Then, she will embark on an extraordinary 21-day South Atlantic Semi-Circumnavigation cruise, visiting Gough Island, known as the seabird capital of the South Atlantic, and Tristan de Cunha, before reaching Cape Town South Africa. Following this epic voyage, SH Vega will continue with cultural expedition cruises along the West Coast of Africa, reaching Lisbon, Portugal, and then following the Atlantic seaboard to Honfleur France. The ship will explore Cornwall, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland before heading to Iceland, Norway, and the Arctic for the Summer Season. In September, SH Vega will cross from Greenland to Halifax NS Canada, and then journey southwards, spending October and November exploring the Caribbean, Brazil, and concluding in November 2024.

On the other hand, the larger SH Diana, equipped with tender boats and expedition zodiacs, will be stationed in Antarctica until late February 2024. From there, it will head north through the Chilean Fjords, along the entire West Coast of South and Central America, until reaching La Paz, Mexico. The ship will then return south and traverse the Panama Canal, exploring Cuba, before sailing up the East Coast of the USA to Halifax.

In late May, SH Diana will cross to Greenland for its Arctic Season. On July 20th, it will depart from Tromso, Norway, sailing south to the fjords, Scotland, and Holland. Continuing its journey along the Atlantic Seaboard, she will enter the Mediterranean for an in-depth summer exploration of culturally rich destinations that inspired the establishment of Swan Hellenic in the 1950s. In early October, the ship will transit the Suez Canal and the Red Sea to explore the Seychelles, Madagascar, and South Africa until late November.

Finally, SH Diana will depart from Cape Town for a semi-circumnavigation voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula and Ushuaia Argentina, arriving in early December for the start of her next Antarctic Season.

Noteworthy options include the "In Shackleton's Footsteps" expedition on SH Diana, which retraces historic events in Antarctica, and the "Pristine Islands of West Africa" expedition on SH Vega, which explores the stunning Bijagos Archipelago, comprising 88 UNESCO Biosphere Reserve islands. Additionally, the "Unspoilt Wilds of Southwest Africa" expedition on SH Vega stands out for its inclusion of visits to the extraordinary wildlife of Loango National Park in Gabon and Conkouati-Douli National Park in the Republic of the Congo, both of which are inaccessible to other cruise companies.