Swan Hellenic Releases Advance
Program of Discovery Cruises
Fascinating Itineraries from March 2001 through January 2002
In April, Minerva, Swan Hellenic's 300-passenger floating country house hotel, makes her way to the Mediterranean Sea from the Far East in time for the spring flowers before sailing the Baltic Sea in early summer. She will cruise back to the Mediterranean for mid-summer and autumn itineraries and then travel down the Red Sea to explore the shores of the Arabian Gulf and India in November.
As Swan Hellenic is committed to providing superior service to its guests, next summer's popular itineraries are planned at different times of the year, giving repeat passengers the chance to explore other parts of the world. Guests can experience the Black Sea Cruise in early August, Italy in late October, and, for the first time ever, explore North Africa, Egypt and Jordan in the same cruise in November.
"Newcomers to Swan Hellenic will find a variety of exciting itineraries covering all areas of the Mediterranean as well as the Baltic. Our regular passengers will enjoy the new itineraries at the times of the year when they regularly travel," stated Carolanne Dieleman, sales director.
Highlights of 2001 Programs
As always, Swan Hellenic offers enriching one-week itineraries, and Easter is particularly special in 2001 due to the Western and Orthodox calendars coinciding. In April, Swan Hellenic is offering a seven-day Easter cruise to Greece and Turkey, which can be combined with a three-day stay in Athens at the end of the cruise to experience the celebrations. During the summer, there are also six one-week cruises exploring the Atlantic isles and different parts of the Mediterranean, with prices beginning at $2,094 per person, based on double occupancy.
While Swan Hellenic continues to offer popular themes including gardens, natural history, marine biology and botany, it will also feature a wine cruise to Greece with Master of Wine Maggie McNie, as well as a musical cruise accompanied by Director of BC Proms, Nicholas Kenyon.
Special Itineraries Designated for "First Timers" and "Young
Swan Hellenic will continue to offer its designated "First Timers" and "Young Persons" cruises in 2001. Newcomers to the Swan Hellenic family will enjoy an exciting blend of discovery and relaxation, with plenty of time to swim, dine in authentic restaurants, and shop in places such as Copenhagen's famed Stroget and Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. Swan Hellenic also offers a special "welcome" bottle of champagne and an onboard credit of £25 to "First Timers."
Younger passengers up to the age of 26 cruise at half price if traveling with a full fare-paying passenger on all of Swan Hellenic's cruises. During July and August, two special "Young Persons" cruises are sure to please every member of the family -- one to the Mediterranean islands and Italy's Adriatic coast, and the other around the Greek isles en route to Istanbul.
Diverse Destinations with Award-Winning Style
Voted "'Best Cruise Company" in 1999 for the second year by London's Daily Telegraph readers, Swan Hellenic features fares that include accommodations, meals, shore excursions, entrance fees, transfers and gratuity, both onboard and ashore. Captivating Guest Speakers -- experts in history (modern and ancient), art, classics and archaeology, as well as other interests such as marine biology, astronomy and music -- accompany every voyage.
Swan Hellenic can arrange a transportation package to port of embarkation from all major North American gateways. On two-week cruises, charter flight service is available from London to ports of call on Qantas, including the option to upgrade to Business or First Class.
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Revised: April 29, 2002