Swan Hellenic announced that the 9-day maiden cruise of its new ship SH Minerva had been a huge success, with guests expressing their delight both in person and in many enthusiastic social media posts during and after their cultural expedition cruise.
This is, of course, exactly what Swan Hellenic had planned for over many months, building a world-class team while its next-generation ice-class ship was being built. The resurgent expedition cruise pioneers were therefore delighted, but not surprised. What did, however, catch them unawares was the almost instantaneous surge in demand as word spread.
G Adventures has acquired the cruise brand, Swan Hellenic, after the cruise line's parent company, All Leisure Group, went into administration in January 2017, affecting around 13,000 passengers.
G Adventures also acquired Travelsphere and Just You, two others brands which were also part of the All Leisure Group.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is offering a 25% discount on cruises to those guests which were booked on upcoming cruises with the All Leisure Group cruise brands Voyages of Discovery and Swan Hellenic, which went into administration earlier this week.
The 25% cruise discount from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is avlible on any 2017, 2018 and 2019 cruise currently on sale but bookings must be made before 31 January 2017. Proof of guests' original cruise booking with either of the two All Leisure Group cruise lines is required.
Portsmouth is to lose around 40% of its trade from cruise ships visiting the port, following the news that Voyages of Discovery and Swan Hellenic have gone into administration.
The two cruise lines, which operated the 540-passenger Voyager and the 335-passenger Minerva, were due to call at Portsmouth International Port in 2017 and 2018.
The cruise line operators, Voyages of Discovery and Swan Hellenic have ceased trading, with some 13,000 passengers future cruise holidays being cancelled. The two cruise lines were part of the All Leisure Holidays group.
Approximately 7,000 future cruise bookings have been cancelled. All Leisure Holidays have already made plans to fly the 400 passengers currently overseas back to the United Kingdom. The 540-passenger Voyager operated by Voyages of Discovery is currently in Malaysia, whilst the smaller 335-passenger Minerva is docked in Marseille.