Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Swan Hellenic Publishes Cruise Atlas

(Feb 8, 2010)—Small ship cruising specialist Swan Hellenic has published a North American cruise atlas with pricing in US dollars, air programs from 21 North American gateways and exclusive promotions for the US and Canadian market.

The venerable British cruise operator also has launched an updated website, www.swanhellenic.us, featuring complete details on the line’s worldwide ocean and river programs.

“We’re very excited to reintroduce Swan Hellenic to the US and Canadian market,” said Mark Flager, vice president, North America. “Swan Hellenic has been defining the art of discovery cruising for more than 50 years. Our new programs and promotions will make it easier for past guests and new clients to enjoy Swan’s cultural travel experiences and exceptional value.”

Swan Hellenic offers culturally enriching cruise programs aboard the 350-guest Minerva and aboard the river vessels A-Rosa Stella, A-Rosa Riva and A-Rosa Aqua. Fares include shipboard gratuities, all port charges and government taxes and shore excursions in each port of call. Swan Hellenic’s Guest Speakers include noted academics, diplomats and writers, and onboard workshops often feature writing courses, art workshops and yoga classes.

Each cruise itinerary is a unique cultural travel experience, blending world class sites with smaller, off the beaten track destinations. A program of tailor-made shore excursions is included in the cruise fare, with excursions accompanied by experienced Swan Hellenic staff. Swan’s vessels feature open-seating dining.

The new cruise atlas offers Early Booking Savings up to 30%, with an additional $250 per person launch discount available on selected summer cruises for bookings made and deposited by March 1.

In 2010/11 the Minerva navigates the Mediterranean to Northern Europe, returning to the Mediterranean en route to Arabia and the Far East. Cruises range from 13 to 17 days, with Grand Voyage combination cruises available from 29 to 45 days.

Cruises commence April 7 with A Mediterranean Spring (Cadiz to Piraeus); followed by Lure of the Levant (Piraeus to Aqaba, Apr. 19); Classical Civilisations (Aqaba to Istanbul, May 1); Gods and Tsars (Istanbul to Valletta, May 15); and Romans and Moors (Valletta to Dover, May 30).

Round-trip Dover cruises include The North Cape (June 14), A French Vintage (June 29), Treasures of the Baltic (July 13); Sagas of Ice and Fire (July 28) and Highland & Islands (Aug. 12). The $250 per-person additional discount is available on these dates and on the 15-day “All Roads Lead to Rome” cruise sailing Aug. 26 from Dover to Naples. Cruise fares for the Aug. 26 cruise begin at $1,880 per person, double occupancy.

Fall 2010 cruises include The Venetian Republic (Naples to Piraeus, Sept. 9); The ‘Hospitable’ Sea (Piraeus to Istanbul, Sept. 23); Suleiman the Magnificent (Istanbul to Pireaus, Oct. 7); A Byzantine Mosaic (Piraeus to Valletta, Oct. 21); Roman Africa (Valletta to Limassol, Nov. 5) and Crusaders and Pharaohs (Limassol to Aqaba, Nov. 20).

Minerva’s winter 2010/11 cruises include Arabian Nights (Aqaba to Dubai, Dec. 4); Muscat to Malabar (Dubai to Colombo, Dec. 19); Treasures of the East (Colombo to Singapore, Jan 3); Islands of the South China Sea (Singapore to Hong Kong, Jan. 17); Palaces and Pagados (Hong Kong to Bangkok, Feb.1); Bangkok & Beyond (Bangkok to Chennai, Feb 16); Jewels of India (Chennai to Muscat, Mar. 2); and Ancient Cities in the Sand (Muscat to Aqaba, Mar. 16.).

Round-trip air fare and transfers are available from 21 US and Canadian gateway cities and are detailed online at www.swanhellenic.us.

The North American website also features Swan’s River Cruises aboard A-Rosa Stella (Rhône), A-Rosa Riva (Danube) and A-Rosa Aqua (Rhine). Swan’s River program mirrors Minerva’s all inclusive features.



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For Information on Cruises From Baltimore, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Boston, Quebec, Montreal and the Great Lakes - Check out www.NortheastCruiseGuide.com.

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