IMO 9144196

Registered Owner:  Evante International Trading - Greece - Operator: Sete Shipmanagement - Greece.(Wait on futher instructions to rebuilt as a superyacht)

Sept.20-2017. Acquired by Peter Insull and ready for new life at sea. Peter Insull today announced. Insull having been involved in the deal that there is a good chance the vessel will be rebuilt or converted into a private or charter yacht. If indeed reborn as a luxury yacht, the vessel  will certainly count as one of the largest super yacht in the world.  
Jan. 4-2017 Swan Hellenic announces that all cruises are cancelled. Ship is for sale. Laid-up in France. Minerva has meanwhile been returned to her owners and placed on the charter market. Subsequent reports indicate that G Adventures is seeking a replacement ship to recommence Swan Hellenic operations. Both Minerva and G Adventures’ own 134-berth Expedition are managed by V.Ships in Monaco.


Ship first sailed on charter as Minerva for Swan Hellenic from 1996 to 2003. Swan Hellenic at that time owned by Carnival Corp.& Plc. aquired the former R-8 and renaimed in Minerva-II. Carnival Corp.& Plc. decided febr.22-2007 to stop with Swan Hellenic. Lord Sterling, former Chairman of the P&O Group and Chairman of Swan Hellenic bought the Swan Hellenic ‘brand', consists of database rights, trademarks and other intellectual property rights, together with related memorabilia and comprehensive library. Swan Hellenic has joined the All Leisure Group on july 2007 in order to return to cruising in 2008. The Swan Hellenic cruising operation will be re-established at least one year earlier than anticipated, as the 350 berth Explorer II, formerly Swan's ship Minerva, will be refurbished and reintroduced as a Swan Hellenic branded ship in May 2008.
Jan. 2007 the All Leisure Group Announces Long-Term Lease Of Explorer II. All Leisure Group subcharter the ship to  Swan Hellenic. She starts operation under the old name of MINERVA on may 2008

Aug.2011 Swan Hellenic announced a major refurbishment of their highly popular Minerva. Six cabins will be removed to free up additional space, giving the refurbished Minerva a total of 181 cabins – all with new en-suite facilities.Of these, 32 cabins will have balconies added, bringing the number of balcony suites up to 44. A forward-facing observation lounge and a new walk-around promenade one deck up from the new balcony cabins. Minerva will retain her current 350 passenger level and renowned British country elegance style and ambience.Included in this refurbishment will be a significant technical upgrade to improve the ship’s efficiency, manoeuvrability, comfort and environmental performance.

Swan Hellenic's Minerva will interrupt her planned itinerary on November 23-2011, in Sharm El Sheik and will sail in ballast to Germany where she will be drydocked for almost two months at Lloyd Werft shipyard to undergo an extensive upgrade. Ship will return to service march 2012.Investing in greater comfort and more advanced technology. To save fuel costs, the Minerva is getting a new double crankshaft plant including propellers during her stay.This change is required in order to allow the installation of a Promas integrated propeller and rudder system developed by Rolls Royce. It is installed between the double propeller and the rudder blades and is designed to optimize water flow patterns below the surface. In addition, the ship is getting a new Voith stern thruster to improve her maneuverability in confined waters. The yard is concentrating on changes above the surface but general maintenance and repair work is also being carried out on the hull below the water-line. On deck 9 is being made bigger and an aluminum superstructure is being added. Deck 8 is also being widened or modified to allow for 20 additional suites with balconies. A further 12 cabins are also being fitted with balconies. Also on Deck 8, Lloyd Werft  have work to do in the stern where the deck is being lengthened to offer more space for passengers. Additionally, the bathrooms in 150 standard cabins are being renovated and six cabins on Deck 5 are giving way to a new Beauty Center and Fitness Area. An on-board sauna is being reconstructed to create more space in the popular Shackleton Bar.
Swan Hellenic’s Minerva sailed into Portsmouth this morning  march 2-2012 following a multi-million pound refurbishment.

Entered service: 1996 - Refits: 2003/2012 - Gross tonnage: 12.892 - Pass. cap. lower beds: 350 - All berths: 382 - Passenger decks: 6 - Length: 135,10 m.-  Beam: 16,60 m. - Main propulsion : 2 diesel engines make MAN - B&W output each 3480 kW. - 2 Controllable pitch  propellers - Service speed: 14 knots - Original Built: Okean Shipyard Nikolayev - Ukraine - Converted Mariotti - Italy - Yard no. 595 - Classification: Rina - Flag: Bahamas.

Major refit: 2012 Lloydwerft -Germany

Originally intended as Spy ship for Russian navy. After the hull was finished in 1989 Russian navy changed policy and decided not to finish the ship.
Purchased by V-Ships and converted to a cruiseship.

Former names: Minerva 1996-2003 - From 2003 Abercrombie & Kent and Saga Cruises jointly charter the ship for about 6 month a year each. In wintertime sailing for A&K as Explorer-II. In summertime for Saga as Saga Pearl. After Saga acquired in 2004 the Berlin (New Saga name: SPIRIT of ADVENTURE) the charter agreement ended.
Saga has been replaced by Phoenix Seereisen - Germany in summertime. In wintertime still on charter to Abercrombie & Kent  sailing as: Explorer-II . In summertime as: Alexander von Humboldt for Phoenix Seereisen - Germany. Charter agreement ended on nov. 2007.

  Passenger space ratio all berths: 33.74


                                                                        EXPLORER - II



Minerva - Swan Hellenic

After major refit 2012

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