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Swan Hellenic Cruises

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MARIS, Culinary Discovery at Sea

Swan Hellenic, the pioneer of cultural expedition cruising, has a history of innovative, in-depth exploration. Voyaging in elegant ice-class expedition ships across seven continents, they take their guests to see what others don’t.

Swan Hellenic and JRE-Jeunes Restaurateurs share their love of excellence and have partnered together to create a one-of-a-kind experience, that will feature some wonderful and talented JRE chefs from around Europe, on board of the SH DIANA and SH VEGA ships.

JRE chefs will use their culinary excellence, and passion for tradition, sustainability and locally sourced ingredients, to create astonishing new expressions of the territories explored. They will prepare signature dishes, teach cooking classes and create menus to thrill the palate of the most discerning guests.

We're united by a quest to share experiences of the exceptional

Andrea Zito

CEO Swan Hellenic

PROGRAM 2024 - SH Diana

  • In Shackleton’s Footsteps: Silvia Manser from Restaurant Truube Gais in Switzerland will be onboard the SH Diana departing from Ushuaia and arriving in Ushuaia. This cruise is from the 21st of January until the 7th of February, 2024.

  • High Arctic of Svalbard: Christoph Hunziker from Restaurant Beizli in Switzerland will be onboard the SH Diana departing from Tromso and arriving in Tromso. This cruise is from the 10th until the 20th of July, 2024.

  • Sailing with the Vikings: Nicolai Wiedmer from Restaurant Eckert in Germany will be onboard the SH Diana departing from Tromso and arriving in Amsterdam. This cruise is from the 20th of July until the 1st of August, 2024.

  • Gems of Western Europe: Eric van Bochove from Restaurant 't Vlasbloemeken in the Netherlands will be onboard the SH Diana departing from Amsterdam and arriving in Lisbon. This cruise is from the 1st until the 10th of August, 2024.

  • Mysteries of Carthage and the Moors: Sergio Tofe from Restaurant Eter in Spain will be onboard the SH Diana departing from Lisbon and arriving in Palermo. This cruise is from the 10th until the 20th of August, 2024.

  • Secrets of Sicily: Nikita Sergeev from Ristorante L'Arcade in Italy will be onboard the SH Diana departing from Palermo and arriving in Palermo. This cruise is from the 20th until the 28th of August, 2024.

PROGRAM 2024 - SH Vega

  • Old World Gateways to the Atlantic: Arjan Kuipers from De Ertepeller Restaurant in the Netherlands will be onboard the SH Vega departing from Lisbon and arriving in Portsmouth. This cruise is from the 14th until the 24th of May, 2024.

  • In the wake of Celts and Vikings: Juan Carlos Ferrando from Restaurant Juan Carlos Ferrando in Spain will be onboard the SH Vega departing from Dublin and arriving in Reykjavik. This cruise is from the 4th until the 16th of June, 2024.

  • Iceland in Depth: Filip Zahariev from Onà Guesthouse in Bulgaria will be onboard the SH Vega departing from Reykjavik and arriving in Reykjavik. This cruise is from the 10th until the 18th of August, 2024.

  • Voyage to the Northwest Passage: Alexandra Müller from L'Etoile in Switzerland will be onboard the SH Vega departing from Tromso and arriving in Tromso. This cruise is from the 9th until the 25th of September, 2024.

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See What Others Don't With Swan Hellenic

If you are looking to experience the remote Polar regions or explore truly off-the-beaten path destinations and cultures of our spectacular planet, then you are in great company. Swan Hellenic exists to provide its guests with authentic, intimate and unforgettable moments in extraordinary locations and remote landmarks. All the while enjoying a sophisticated elegant atmosphere onboard. Swan Hellenic is an established, well respected owner-operated heritage brand with more than 7 decades of expertise in undiscovered destinations.

Pioneering cruise

Swan Hellenic is proud to return to the waters 70 years after its first pioneering cruise. Our brand new fleet of expedition ships are cutting edge, but the core values that underpinned the brand and served its guests so well from its inception remain in place. As does the passion for exploratory travel to the globe’s furthest far flung places.

Helsinki shipyard

Constructed in the Helsinki shipyard, their expedition ships combine the latest polar ice-class technology with stylish, sophisticated interiors. Think high-end boutique hotel with contemporary sophistication. Chic, spacious and well-planned cabins feature generously sized bathrooms, comfortable in-room dining facilities and unobstructed views of the incredible destinations visited.

Understated elegance

Understated elegance might be another way of phrasing what awaits a Swan Hellenic guest. At the very heart of the brand is the onboard team with their guests’ personal wellbeing their foremost priority. The service on board embodies the same values, being attentive, personal and intuitive but discreet. There’s no fuss or formality, just focused dedication to understanding the guests’ preferences and anticipating their needs, always aiming to exceed and surprise expectations.

Bucket list

Swan Hellenic prides itself on taking its guests to see what others don’t, visiting small and lesser-known ports of special cultural, geographical or wildlife interest as well as bucket list famous cities. Above all, their guests visit many uniquely remote places beyond these ports of call, boarding Zodiac boats and exploring at sea level to come ashore in rich unspoilt areas of our planet that often cannot be accessed in any other way.

"We are delighted to partner with Swan Hellenic. This is a unique opportunity for JRE-Jeunes Restaurateurs to bring our international gastronomic expertise to Swan Hellenic's tables"

Daniel Lehmann

President, JRE-Jeunes Restaurateurs