Swan Hellenic has given a sneak preview of its new Vega Class expedition ships in an online virtual tour.
The first vessel, Minerva, is under construction at Helsinki Shipyard and due to arrive in November 2021. It will carry a Scandinavian design feel throughout.
The video, in conjunction with Tillberg Design of Sweden, takes viewers through the ship as they would when returning from an expedition by zodiac.
The first frames illustrate the concierge service Basecamp changing room, where guests are helped to leave their expedition outfits for cleaning and sanitising to prevent biological cross-contamination.
The film also illustrates the Swan Restaurant’s picture windows and the Observation Lounge, described as “the heart of the ship”.
Tillberg Cruise new build director Iina Forsblom said: “The keynotes of the Scandi-design interiors we have created are sophisticated elegance and comfort, while never forgetting that with Swan Hellenic the focus is always on the extraordinary views outside. So we have conceived all the interiors to create a seamless connection with the outside world.”
Other details highlighted are a holographic fireplace, the heated infinity pool, panoramic sauna and outdoor hot tub.
The ship will debut on an Antarctic polar solar eclipse cruise.
Swan Hellenic chief executive Andrea Zito added: “We’re delighted with the way these designs have come together, creating unique experiences that honour Swan Hellenic’s cultural expedition heritage while bringing it bang up to date - in comfort, services and above all vision, transforming the inward-looking paradigm of classic cruise ships into a world of casual comfort and elegance that looks outwards to see what others don’t.”
Watch the video