The programme starts with a 20-day cruise on SH Diana from Cape Town to Ushuaia, exploring Tristan Da Cunha, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.
SH Diana’s season ends with a mirror-image semi-circumnavigation at the end of February 2025, returning to Cape Town over 21-nights, having offered a wide choice of 9, 10, 11, 12 and 17-night cruises from Swan Hellenic’s Antarctica season home port, Ushuaia.
SH Vega begins her season with a 17-night cruise down the East Coast of Argentina from Buenos Aires, then out to the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula, before crossing the famous Drake Passage to Ushuaia.
SH Vega follows this with a varied choice of 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13-night cultural expedition cruises from Ushuaia, sailing across the New Year and into March.
Both ships offer opportunities to explore the Antarctic Peninsula from either side, including the less-visited Weddell Sea, as well as the Falklands, South Georgia, and the South Sandwich and South Shetland Islands.
Every cruise offers multiple zodiac expeditions, often more than one a day, so that close-up encounters with whales, penguins, seals and many spectacular seabirds are practically guaranteed.
All the expeditions are led by seasoned guides and international experts, who provide a rich onboard lecture programme. Specialising in a wide range of fields, from marine biology, ornithology and geology to photography, they also socialise freely with guests, enriching their personal experience.
Swan Hellenic CEO, Andrea Zito, commented: ‘We’re very proud of the depth and breadth of choice offered by our expertly designed 2024-2025 Antarctica season cruises. What’s more – as always with Swan Hellenic – they offer the possibility of daisy-chaining to create unique, lifechanging experiences of one of the world’s last remaining true wildernesses and beyond.’
SH Minerva update
As for the fate of Swan Hellenic’s SH Minerva there still appears to be no resolution of ownership for this vessel, which has been kept in the vicinity of Montevideo since completing the 2021/22 Antarctica season, but a Swan Hellenic spokesperson told Seatrade Cruise News, ‘the ship will be definitely be operating in the fleet soon but we can’t give an exact date at this stage’.