CruiseThe ship kicked off its first Arctic expedition cruise on 20 July from Tromsø in Norway.

Dive into Swan Hellenic’s new SH Vega

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SH Vega provides wide open, unobstructed views throughout the ship, including a heated outdoor pool.
SH Vega provides wide open, unobstructed views throughout the ship, including a heated outdoor pool. Photo Credit: Swan Hellenic

Named after the first ship to cross the Arctic Northeast Passage, Swan Hellenic’s SH Vega has began sailing on its inaugural cultural expedition cruise of the Arctic, an 11-day sailing of the Svalbard Archipelago which departed Tromsø on 20 July 2022.

The cruise line’s brand-new Scandi-design boutique cruise ship was previously christened on 11 July at the Helsinki Shipyard by Patrizia Zito née Passalacqua, wife of Swan Hellenic CEO Andrea Zito.

Measuring 113m in length, the 10,600-ton vessel takes up to 152 guests in 76 staterooms and suites, majority of which are furnished with large balconies. Guests can expect almost a 1:1 level of service with an onboard team of 120 staff to attend to their needs.

Amenities onboard that all come furnished with multiple large windows that offer unprecedented views of the lands of snow and ice comprise a sauna, jacuzzi, heated outdoor pool, a 152-seat restaurant, an observation lounge, and a club lounge with 24 hours tapas inspired dining.

SH Vega was specially designed to withstand the harsh climates and navigate the challenging icy waters of remote polar regions with its ice-strengthened hull and jumbo stabilisers that still ensure a smooth journey for expedition cruisers.

The sauna and jacuzzi on Deck 8 allows guests to get warm and cozy while enjoying views of the icy wilderness.
The sauna and jacuzzi on Deck 8 allows guests to get warm and cozy while enjoying views of the icy wilderness. Photo Credit: Swan Hellenic

Like its sister ship, SH Minerva, Swan Hellenic’s new cultural expedition cruise vessel is built in accordance with the latest environmental regulations and can sail non-stop for up to 40 days or 8,000 nautical miles.

The vessels are equipped with exhaust gas cleaning, advanced wastewater treatment systems and waste storage facilities required for operating in protected polar areas. Plans are also in the works for both the SH Vega and SH Minerva to be installed with a particular battery technology which will enable it to operate silently.

SH Vega’s season of maiden Arctic cruises takes cruisers to the Svalbard Peninsula, Greenland, the Northwest Passage and the wilds of Northern Canada. Following its ongoing Arctic expeditions, the ship will then make her way down the US East Coast in late Autumn over 12 days, taking in everything from New York, Norfolk and Charleston to Miami.

From November, SH Vega will offer a range of 11- to 21-day cultural expedition cruises of Antarctica through until March 2023, sailing up the West Coast of Africa to the Canary Islands and Western Europe, and immersing guests in the Celtic lands of Britain and Ireland on the way to her second Arctic season. This will end with a crossing from Greenland to Nova Scotia, followed by the Caribbean and then Brazil in October 2023.

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