Swan Hellenic Cruises

Refined country house-style cruising for the well-heeled and well-travelled, Swan Hellenic – which this year celebrated its 60th anniversary – share ownership and management with Voyages of Discovery and Hebridean Island Cruises. The 380-passenger Minerva was built in 1996 but has been updated and modernised several times since then. The distinguished list of guest speakers must compete against the snooze-inducing soft furnishings in the Explorer Lounge. The library is one of the most extensive afloat and the restaurant rightly lays claim to having the best cheeseboard at sea.