On 11 July 2021 Swan Hellenic announced that the Naming Ceremony of its second ice-class cultural expedition cruise ship, SH Vega, had taken place at Helsinki Shipyard.

The ship is now on her way to Norway and her first cultural expedition cruise of the Arctic, an 11-day exploration of the Svalbard Archipelago, departing Tromsø on 20 July 2022.

The purpose-designed new vessel was named by Patrizia Zito née Passalacqua, wife of Swan Hellenic CEO Andrea Zito, in the presence of Helsinki Shipyard Senior Management, the media and members of the cruise and travel industries from around the world.

SH Vega is the second in a series of three high ice-class cultural expedition cruise vessels made for premium discovery experiences worldwide, with a strong bias for extreme latitude areas.

SH Vega features a 5 megawatt diesel-electric propulsion system with selective catalytic reduction and a PC5 ice-strengthened hull with extra-large stabilisers for exceptional passenger comfort.

At 113m in length, the 10,600-ton vessel has been specially designed to explore some of the most inaccessible places on the planet.

SH Vega, like her twin sister SH Minerva, has been designed to meet the latest environmental regulations and is completely self-sufficient for up to 40 days or 8,000 nautical miles.

Preparations have been made to implement battery technology which would also make it possible to operate silently.

The vessels are equipped with exhaust gas cleaning, advanced wastewater treatment systems and the waste storage facilities required for operating in sensitive polar areas.

Providing spacious 5-star accommodation for 152 guests in 76 spacious staterooms and suites, the vast majority with large balconies, SH Vega is operated by an onboard team of 120 to provide the highest levels of personal service.

Soon after the ceremony, SH Vega set sail from Helsinki to Tromsø, Norway, for a season of maiden cruises exploring the magic of the Arctic, from the Svalbard Peninsula and Iceland’s landscapes of ice and fire to Greenland’s dramatic majesty, the Northwest Passage and the wilds of Northern Canada.

In late Autumn, she will make her way down the US East Coast over 12 days, taking in New York, Norfolk, Charleston and Miami.

From November, she will be offering a range of 11 to 21-day cultural expedition cruises of Antarctica through until March 2023, when she sails up the West Coast of Africa to the Canary Islands and Western Europe, with calls at 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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