Swan Hellenic: the christening of SH Minerva

Swan Hellenic announced the christening of its new ship SH Minerva at Helsinki Shipyard during a small private ceremony with godmother Johanna Mäkelä.

Mayor Vartiainen was also present, along with Swan Hellenic CEO Andrea Zito and Helsinki Shipyard CEO Carl-Gustaf Rotkirch with top management.

The celebration follows global supply chain disruptions and recent spikes in COVID-19 cases in Finland, which prompted Swan Hellenic to make the difficult decision to delay the start of Minerva’s inaugural season, preferring to cancel its first two cruises rather than risk in any way compromising the highest standards of quality and safety. SH Minerva is expected to leave the shipyard early next week.

At the christening, Helsinki Shipyard Project Manager Jonas Packalén commented, “We are delighted to finally see this day, after the many global challenges that made our task anything but easy. Our special thanks to everyone involved in the project for their unstinting dedication and impeccable work!”

Swan Hellenic CEO Andrea Zito added: “I, too, would like to congratulate everyone in Helsinki for their impeccable work under difficult circumstances and for the stringent safety measures that kept SH Minerva a safe environment at all times. The ship was completed just 26 months after the contract was signed, a remarkable achievement. We now look forward to taking our guests to see what others don’t, exploring in exceptional comfort and style.”

SH Minerva, as well as SH Vega arriving in April 2022, will accommodate 152 guests in 76 spacious suites and cabins, most with large balconies. It also features 3 dining options, the Swan Restaurant, Club Lounge and Poolside Bar and Grill, built in full compliance with SOLAS Safe Return to Port requirements.

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Giorgia Lombardo