Swan Hellenic has christened new ship SH Minerva in a small private ceremony at the Helsinki Shipyard.
The ship was christened today (November 23) by its godmother Johanna Mäkelä, Finland’s first professor of food culture and wife of Helsinki city Mayor Juhana Vartiainen, who was also joined by Mayor Vartiainen, Swan Hellenic CEO Andrea Zito, and Helsinki Shipyard CEO Carl-Gustaf Rotkirch.
Minerva’s inaugural season has been postponed due to a recent spike in Covid-19 cases in Finland and global supply chain disruptions.
In a statement, Swan Hellenic said it preferred “to cancel its first two cruises rather than risk in any way compromising the highest standards of quality and safety”.
SH Minerva is due to depart the shipyard early next week.
At the christening, Helsinki Shipyard project manager Jonas Packalén, said: “We are glad to see this day finally, following the many global challenges that made our task far from easy. Our special thanks to everyone involved in the project for their unstinting dedication and superb work!”
Swan Hellenic CEO Andrea Zito added: “I, too, would like to congratulate everyone at Helsinki for their impeccable work in difficult circumstance and the tight safety measures which have kept SH Minerva a safe environment at all times. The vessel has been completed after only 26 months from the signing of the contract which is a remarkable achievement. We now very much look forward to taking our guests to see what others don’t, exploring in exceptional comfort and style.”
Swan Hellenic was relaunched in July 2020 to continue the cultural expedition voyages that the company pioneered in the 1950s.
SH Minerva will be joined by SH Vega in April 2022. Both vessels are ice-class expedition cruise ships that will each accommodate 152 guests in 76 suites and staterooms, most of which have large balconies.
The line will also launch a larger ship at the end of 2022, accommodating 192 guests in 96 staterooms and suites.
Decked out with Scandi-style interiors, all three new ships will feature large outdoor spaces, expedition facilities and three dining venues: the Swan Restaurant, Club Lounge and Pool Bar & Grill.