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                                                                                                                                                    Lord Sterling has referred to the calibre of our Guest Speakers
                                                                                                                                                    and, indeed, a recent online passenger survey revealed that
                                                                                                                                                    98% of passengers rated our Guest Speaker programme as
                                                                                                                                                    either ‘important’ or ‘highly important’ when choosing a Swan
                                                                                                                                                    Hellenic cruise. Almost equally rated in the survey was our
                                                                                                                                                    inclusive shore excursions programme which – based on our
                                                                                                                                                    Planners’ expert knowledge, gleaned from years of travelling on
                                                                                                                                                    board Minerva – ensures that you visit not only the major sites
                                                                                                                                and cities of the world but also the hidden gems that give a real insight into the

                                                                                                                                country visited.
                                                                                                                                Our first winter back in the Far East has been highly successful with welcome
                                                                                                                                returns to India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam,
                                                                                                                                Cambodia, Hong Kong and Singapore. I was fortunate to be on board Minerva’s
                                                                                                                                ‘Islands of the South China Sea’ cruise and thoroughly enjoyed spending the day
                                                                                                                                ashore in Manila. This Journal records some of the excitement of that very special
                                                                                                                                While winter now seems a long time ago and we are all enjoying the extended
                                                                                                                                spring weather we are, nevertheless, already anticipating our return to the Far East
                                                                                                                                this winter, including our return to Myanmar (Burma) in December.
                                                                                                                                I hope that, having read this Journal, you will be tempted to join us on board in the
                                                                                                                                months ahead.

                                                                                                                                Sincerely yours
                                                                         3   latest news and views
                                                                             An update from Swan Hellenic
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                                                                         4   our Filipino crew on board
                                                                             Minerva reunites families in Manila
                                                                                                                                Colin Stone
                                                                                                                                Swan Hellenic, Managing Director                                                                          0844 822 0688
                                                                         6   reflecting on our season in                                                                                                                        
                      One of the undoubted strengths and pleasures           the Far east
                      of travelling with Swan Hellenic must surely           The Swan Hellenic team report back

                                                                                                                                Latest News from Swan Hellenic
                      be the calibre of our Guest Speakers. We
                      strive to recruit Guest Speakers who are not
                      only specialists in their field but who are        8   uncovering the Hidden Gems
                      also excellent communicators who relish the            Saskia Vroylk highlights shore
                      company of our passengers. It is fascinating           excursions with Minerva
                      to listen to our Guest Speakers’ talks in the                                                             Minerva’s inaugural portsmouth Cruise               the launch of ‘A-rosa Brava’ – This year              new website function – Not only does the
    Darwin Lounge and then pursue the topic of conversation with         10 Guest Speakers aboard Minerva                       We are delighted to announce that Portsmouth’s                                 marks the third year of    Swan Hellenic website contain details of all our
    them while ashore on excursions or on board Minerva while                                                                   spectacular new cruise terminal is open and ready                              Swan Hellenic’s river      cruises and latest offers, but it now includes a
                                                                            A look ahead to 2012
    enjoying a congenial dinner together.                                                                                       to welcome Minerva as she embarks on her series                                cruise programme,          new ‘Already Booked’ function, enabling you to
    Another of Minerva’s strengths is our hard working and                                                                      of no-fly cruises for summer 2011. The Band of                                 sailing on the high        complete your booking form and update your
    committed ship’s company who always assure us of a warm              12 Celebrate Christmas in the                          HM Royal Marines Portsmouth will be playing                                    quality A-Rosa river       personal information online. See page 19.
    welcome on board. One of the highlights of the past winter season       indian ocean                                        Minerva away as she sails for the first time from                              cruisers. Due to popular
                                                                                                                                her historic new home on 22nd June 2011.                                       demand, the 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lord Sterling meets the Swan lake ‘Swan’
    must be Minerva’s call at Manila, where members of our Filipino         A special cruise focus                                                                                                                                        With Swan Hellenic sponsoring the first prize of
    crew were reunited with their family and friends. A particularly                                                            Band musician, Georgina Robertson, who played       programme has been doubled, with a range of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the Royal Opera House Friends of Covent Garden
    happy day ensued, to be repeated in 2012 when Minerva calls at                                                              aboard Minerva’s Christmas and New Year cruise      departures featuring the Rhône, Rhine and Danube
                                                                         14 Farewell to ‘rutters’                               last year has written an article following her      and a new itinerary introduced for the Moselle and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          annual Grand Draw, Lord Sterling was invited
    Bohol and Manila.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     backstage to see the set of ‘Swan Lake’, the ballet in
                                                                            Paul Rutterford’s reflections on his                experience on board, which can be read at           Rhine Valley. On Friday 1st April 2011, Managing
    I hope you will choose to experience a Minerva cruise this year,                                                                                                                                                                      production at the time. A picture opportunity not
                                                                            time with Swan and we look ahead                                 Director of Swan Hellenic, Colin Stone, and All
    when you can enjoy the company of our Guest Speakers and be                                                                                                                                                                           to be missed, we photographed Swan’s Chairman
                                                                            to Autumn 2011                                                                                          Leisure Chairman, Roger Allard, travelled to
    assured of attentive service from our Captain, senior officers,                                                             Summer 2012 cruises available now                                                                         next to the iconic Swan Lake ‘boat’.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Frankfurt to attend the launch of A-Rosa’s latest
    on board Swan Hellenic team and members of our fine ship’s                                                                  Swan’s new summer 2012 programme aboard
                                                                                                                                                                                    river cruiser, A-Rosa Brava, which will feature on
    company.                                                             16 winter in the Far east                              Minerva has been launched with fascinating new
                                                                                                                                                                                    our 2012 Rhine and Moselle cruises.
                                                                            A selection of itineraries for                      itineraries in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and
    Sincerely yours                                                         Winter 2011/12                                      Aegean, and an expanded range of no-fly cruises     Moving times – We say a fond farewell to
                                                                                                                                around the British Isles, France, Ireland, the      one of our ‘Yellow Shirts’, Paul Rutterford who
                                                                                                                                Baltic and the Norwegian Fjords. For a brochure,    has decided to move to terra firma. Read Paul’s
                                                                         18 Behind the scenes                                   featuring winter 2011/12 in the Far East and        reflections on his 12 year career with Swan
                                                                            An update of the new services at                    summer 2012 cruises, call 0844 822 0688 or          Hellenic on page 14.
    Lord Sterling, Chairman                                                 Swan Hellenic                                       visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Photo by Neil Gillespie)

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Minerva – in the Philippines

Our Filipino
Crew on board                                                                                                             Minerva at the quayside in Manila                                                                   Ray Millado with his mother

Minerva Chaplaincy – by Father Brian McMahon, Apostleship of the Sea
On each cruise, it is only a question of time before passengers ask me “What do you do on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Family reunited
ship?” I was once gently chided for being too casually dressed for my exalted position until I                                                                                                                                ray Millado is currently employed as an Assistant Cook on board Minerva. He is part Filipino and part
explained my identification badge described ‘chaplain’ not captain!                                                                                                                                                           Vietnamese, being the Son of Epitacio, a Filipino, and Nguyen Kim Phan, his Vietnamese mother. Prior to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the Vietnam war in 1973 his father for no known reason took Ray and his two brothers from Vietnam to the
When I do answer, the reactions vary from “you are            Until Minerva sailed into port all the families                                                                                                                 Philippines; he was aged two years at that time, leaving his mother and sister in Vietnam.
like a social worker, welfare officer, agony uncle or –”      possessed were photographic images. Now the ship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ray would periodically receive information from his uncle that his mother and sister were safe, but having to
My role - I walk! I walk with the crew in so far as they      was real; this is where their son, daughter, father,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              remain in hiding in Vietnam, fearful of being captured by the Vietcong soldiers and subject to physical harm. As
wish me to walk with them. Behind ‘crew area’ signs,          mother, husband, wife worked. They shook hands with
there is a vibrant village comprising deck, technical,        the captain, hotel director, officers and crew, who were                                                                                                        time progressed, in 1978, Ray and his brothers were granted citizenship in the Philippines, and were gradually
hotel staff, loosely integrated. This confined space          no longer just names. With pride, the Filipino crew                                                                                                             integrated into the culture and schooling system.
is their home-from-home during their time on board.           showed their families where they lived and worked.          Siady Lim, Bartender with his fiancé            Mark Anthony Roldan, Bartender and Marita           Meanwhile, to supplement the family income, Ray’s father sought and found work – but in Saudi Arabia, leaving
Even now, I am still conscious that when I enter I am a       Then when the tour was over they sat on the quayside        Girlie Estrella, Receptionist                   Roldan, Bar Waitress, pictured with their family.   Ray and his brothers to be cared for by their uncle. It was during this period that Ray’s father met and married
privileged guest invited into their home. Consequently,       and were dined – lunch and tea – by a grateful Swan                                                                                                             another woman, who he brought back to the Philippines. She then assumed the role of mother, and Ray and
in our conversations, I don’t introduce important             Hellenic for enabling the company to possess a                                                                                                                  his brothers believed that this woman was the mother they had previously left behind in Vietnam. It was only
topics in case they respond in a manner they think            wonderful ship’s company. Passengers commented
will please. Filipinos, especially, enjoy a well-deserved     on how the Filipino families live a life of richness that                                                      Minerva will be visiting                         later that they learned from their uncle that this was not the case, and that she was their step-mother. Their real
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mother was still in Vietnam. However any news of her whereabouts was not conveyed to Ray.
reputation of not wishing to upset. They take the             we seem to have lost with the passing of years. They
first step in confiding and I respond, respecting their       were content just to be there in the heat of the sun                                                           Manila in the philippines                        In 1987 his father was unable to work due to heart disease and was required to remain in the Philippines and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              soon after he suffered a heart attack and died. Following the bereavement, the step-mother returned to work in
culture, moral standards and religion rather than my
own philosophy. Nine months at sea, two months at
                                                              and be happy in each others’ company. No television,
                                                              no entertainment, no bored children, just a simple
                                                                                                                                                                            again in January 2012, on                         Saudi Arabia so Ray and his brothers were left behind to be raised, once again, by their uncle. Ray at this time
home means, generally, the happiest and saddest               delight they were close to the family member on                                                                the ‘East of Java’ cruise.                       was of graduate age and took on any kind of work to supplement the family income. He continued to make
family news is learned while on Minerva – pregnancy,          board. Finally, there were the sad farewells, mingled                                                                                                           efforts to trace his mother through relatives in both Vietnam and the Philippines; suddenly in 2010 he was
birth, sickness, even death. Then my walk becomes
more personal and intimate. Yet, during these
                                                              with a sense of gratitude, to a ship that gave them
                                                              a day to cherish. They had walked the ship and the
                                                                                                                                                                              For more information                            contacted by a cousin with the news that his real mother was alive and well in Vietnam. His cousin was good
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              enough to purchase a mobile phone for Ray’s mother and they were subsequently able to communicate for the
dramatic moments the passenger is never aware of              ship is very much alive in their hearts and minds. They                                                              please visit                               first time after 37 years.
the pain behind the smile. A Swan Hellenic doctor             are already looking forward to 2012 when Minerva will
summed up my walk when he wrote to me, “Not                   return again to the Philippines. Swan Hellenic – thank                                                                            Ray was unemployed at this time, and after receiving advice from a friend he applied to work in the cruise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              industry. Subsequently, and by coincidence, he was employed as an Assistant Cook on board Minerva. Then,
only are you always a cheery face for us all to see but       you for a magical 7½ year walk.
we have seen fewer crew in the medical centre with                                                                                                                                                                            after a few weeks he learned that the ship would visit Ho Chi Minh City in February 2011, the home of his
                                                                                                                          Father Brian meeting families on the quayside
emotional and psychological problems than on other                                                                                                                                                                            mother. He then realised his dream to see his mother once again after such a long period of time would at last
ships. I am sure that a lot of this is due to the work that                                                                                                                                                                   be fulfilled. Come true it did indeed and when the ship visited Ho Chi Minh City in February this year, Ray was
you do.”                                                        The second most asked question is                                                                                                                             reunited with his mother after 37 years.
Additionally, I associate with passengers in so far as          “how can we help the crew?”                                                                                                                                   Ray and his mother are now planning for her to live with him in the Philippines, and they are looking forward to
they wish me to do so; not just in a religious context          Crew live in a compact area and anything that can                                                                                                             her coming to visit his own family this year, when Ray will be on vacation. They can then become a family once
as many will testify from witnessing my wearing the             be done to improve their communal lives is vital.                                                                                                             again, planning for their future and continued happiness.
‘yellow shirt’ on shore excursions. Many passengers             Electronics, games, internet and, most definitely,
are interested in crew life so I enjoy availing of              karaoke are a must. Crew parties, bingo and the
opportunities to share experiences on crew dynamics,            humble soft drink at dinner on a Sunday are eagerly
so they have a better sense of those who serve.
                                                                anticipated. Sadly, there is a more serious side; the                                                                                                         Our arrival in Manila – by Alison Nevin, Senior Planning Executive
This way, I feel I can enhance the cruise experience
                                                                continuous need to help crew financially especially
through crew awareness. It is important they know                                                                                                                                                                             With a high percentage of the crew being from the Philippines there was a buzz around the ship prior to our
                                                                when there is a death in the family.
how much the crew appreciate Swan Hellenic’s care                                                                                                                                                                             arrival in Manila and the Senior Officers were all working hard to ensure that the crew had a memorable day.
for them by constantly inviting me to return.                   The Crew Welfare Fund is responsibly ministered by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Each crew member was allowed five visitors to board the ship for a tour to see where they live and work. The
Frequently, I am asked to choose the most difficult             the Crew Welfare Committee. How is this funded?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Executive Chef supplied lunch and dinner for all the family and friends – there would not have been enough
and rewarding experiences. That question is easily              The main source is through the passenger Sea
answered.                                                       Chart Raffle drawn at the end of each cruise. On                                                                                                              room on the ship for all the visitors onboard so marquees with tables and chairs were arranged on the
Difficult! I was on Minerva II for its final three months       an official Admiralty Chart, the cruise itinerary is                                                                                                          quayside.
and I continue to relive the psychological pressure             traced, highlighted by illustrations of places visited,                                                                                                       Sailing into Manila many of the crew were out on the open decks to watch our arrival and catch a glimpse of
and inner turmoil of a fabulous crew who knew that              signed by the senior officers and painted by a crew                                                                                                           their loved ones. Captain Biasutti and Father Brian, Minerva’s Chaplain, spent the whole day on the quayside
they might not sail together again. However when                member. It is the ultimate, and unique, souvenir of a                                                                                                         meeting the crew’s family and friends. The atmosphere was that of excitement and joy as many of the crew
Minerva returned to Swan Hellenic, many were                    cruise. Tickets are £5 – you can purchase as many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              had not been home or seen their families for many months.
                                                                as you like – and the draw is on the final evening. A
Rewarding! The exhilarating joy meeting Filipino                happy crew equals a happy ship and a happy ship                                                                                                               Some very kind passengers offered to serve afternoon tea so that the crew could spend time with their
families in Cebu and Manila earlier this year; how they         means an even happier cruise for you. Please, if you      Father Brian McMahon, Paul Carter, Cruise                                                           families, which was greatly appreciated.
embraced me into their family lives with so much love;          can, show solidarity with the crew by supporting the      Director, Captain Giovanni Biasutti and
not only humbling and enriching but one of the most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              One of the stalls on the quayside had t-shirts printed with the picture of Minerva on the front and a list of all
                                                                raffle when you are on board.                             Lech Straszewski, Hotel Director with Willard
memorable moments of my seafaring involvement.                                                                                                                                                                                the crew members on the back. I am not sure when I will wear it, but I had to buy one as a souvenir of this
                                                                                                                          John and Ervin de Leon of the Crew Welfare
                                                                Thank You                                                 Committee.                                                                                          very emotional day.

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   Minerva in the Far East                                                                                                              Minerva will be
                                                                                                                                      visiting the Far east
                                                                                                                                      December 2011 and

   Swan team report                                                                                                                   26 February 2012.
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   on the Far East
                                                                                                                                    about this intriguing
                                                                                                                                   destination please visit
                                                                                                                                                                                              Pinnawela Elephant orphanage, Sri Lanka                                                                        Hoi An market, Vietnam

   A Warm Eastern Welcome – by Hugh Leslie, Cruise Director                                                             planner’s favourite                                                                                                                          returninG to tHe FAr eASt
   Back east again after an absence of six years, I was       preceded and followed by a precision performance on
                                                                                                                        moment of ‘islands of                                                                                                                        – by Paul Carter, Cruise Director
   interested to see what changes, if any, had taken
                                                              massed Chinese drums.                                     the South China Sea’                                                                                                                                                    Having thoroughly enjoyed our recent winters in and around South America

                                                                                                                        cruise – by Alison Nevin,
                                                              The call at Manila was a highlight especially for                                                                                                                                                                                 and the Antarctic it was, nevertheless, with some eager anticipation that i looked
   The road from Colombo to Kandy is still frenetic and       members of the ship’s company as it gave them                                                                                                                                                                                     forward to a return to the Far east, a part of the world that i am very fond of, and
   fascinating with the standard of driving ‘remarkable’      an opportunity to show off the ship to friends
   to say the least and the elephants at the Pinnawela        and family. Over 600 of them toured the ship              Senior Planning Executive                                                                                                                                               have been lucky enough to have returned to many times, since my first visit as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Junior Assistant purser on a p&o world cruise on the Sea Princess many years ago!
   Orphanage have not lost their ability to charm the         whilst passengers were ashore on excursions and
   visitor.                                                                                                             This was my first cruise on board Minerva and I must                                                                                                                   So it was off to Beijing first of all to escort the pre-cruise China tour. Well clad against
                                                              then enjoyed lunch in a specially erected marquee
                                                              alongside the ship.                                       say it exceeded my expectations. After many years                                                                                                                      the cold despite the sparkling blue skies, the visits to the main sites in and around Beijing
   Onwards to Galle (now fully recovered from the
                                                                                                                        spent working on large cruise ships it was a much                                                                                                                      and Xi’an (The Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and, of course, the
   tsunami disaster and as tranquil as ever) and bustling     Finally to Hong Kong on the eve of the Chinese
                                                                                                                        more intimate environment than anything I had                                                                                                                          extraordinary Terracotta Warriors) were highlights in themselves, but these were matched
   Port Blair on the Andaman Islands – both much as           New Year and the imminent arrival of the Year of the
                                                                                                                        experienced before. I felt part of the ‘Swan family’                                                                                         by examples of the extraordinary pace at which China is being developed. Architecture that would not look out of
   I recall.                                                  Rabbit. The skyscrapers around the harbour seem
                                                                                                                        immediately and both the crew and the passengers                                                                                             place in any of the world’s modern cities, hotels that are genuinely 5 star by any measurement and a tangible sense
   Some new experiences on the Malaysian Peninsula:           more numerous and higher than I remember but,
                                                              magnificently illuminated, they made an exceptional       made me feel most welcome. My hard work and                                                                                                  of a real drive for success sit relatively comfortably with vast resources of a fabulous long history. It is this symbiotic
   Phuket in Thailand and then a cruise in Krabi Bay. As                                                                planning in the office prior to the cruise had paid off                  Hong Kong
                                                              backdrop to a Farewell Party held on deck by the                                                                                                                                                       relationship that continues to make China such a fascinating destination.
   a bonus here we were able to land those who wished                                                                                                                                                      China
                                                              pool.                                                     and the excursion programme went down very well.
   by zodiac on to the beach of Ko Hong Island, usually                                                                                                                                        25th Jan Full Day                                                     Joining Minerva in bustling Hong Kong, our main destination for the cruise was Vietnam. A firm favourite with
                                                                                                                        One of the highlights of this cruise was Borneo                                 26th Jan
   deserted but on this occasion also the scene of            A small group of us moved on to the post cruise                                                                                                                                                        passengers and staff alike for as long as Swan Hellenic has been calling here, once again, it didn’t fail to deliver.
   filming of the latest Bollywood ‘blockbuster’. Captain     tour in China. We were in Xian on New Year’s Eve,         and a visit in Sandakan to the Sepilok Orang-utan                                  Victoria Peak                                             Given the brutal and violent way in which the country was brought to the world’s attention in the 1960s and ‘70s,
   Moulds moved his blue ship with a Swan on the              a day when all Chinese traditionally spend time at        Rehabilitation Centre. We took nearly 300 passengers                                                                                         the welcome that Vietnam now affords its visitors could not be more different. A naturally beautiful country, the
   funnel to the opposite side of the island as Minerva       home with their families. The result? The Terracotta      to the 43 sq km centre where there are between 60-80                                                        PHILIPPINE SEA                   Vietnamese themselves reflect this beauty with a genuine warmth in their welcome to visitors. From the major
   was not booked to make a starring role in the film!        Warriors seemed to be waiting just for us! There          orang-utans living free in the reserve. All the coaches                                                                                      cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to the delights of beautiful Hoi An and Hué, not forgetting the stunning
   Penang followed and then a maiden call at Belawan          were very few other visitors and the silent rows          arrived and the groups were led down the boardwalk,                                                                                          scenery of Halong Bay, the unspoilt beaches and the rural landscapes, our passengers were treated to a wealth of
   on Sumatra for an excursion to Medan. All the usual        waited inscrutably in their pits for the perfect ‘photo   through the forest to the viewing platform. As we                                                                                            experiences. With the itinerary designed to allow for some ‘independent’ time ashore in addition to that provided
   participants were there for this first call – musicians,   opportunity’. At midnight we enjoyed a grandstand         were approaching the viewing platform the forest was                                                        PHILIPPINES
                                                                                                                                                                                             SoutH                                                                   for our comprehensive shore excursions’ programme, the opportunities to shop, dine ashore or to simply wander
                                                              view from our hotel of the fireworks display over the                                                                         CHINA SEA
   dancers, banners etc. and after the excursion had                                                                    alive with long tailed macaques who were hoping to                                                                                           and explore helped maximise the potential for our passengers to warm towards this fascinating country.
   departed the Captain and myself were ‘officially’          city which welcomed the Rabbit.                           see some of the food meant for the orang-utans.                                                             Manila Philippines               With Vietnam behind us and coming towards the end of a fabulous cruise, our full day call into Sihanoukville in
   welcomed by local officials surrounded by a bevy of        Next day, we continued to Beijing for a visit to the      There were eight juvenile orang-utans on the feeding                                                        22nd Jan Full Day/Eve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Cambodia proved very popular. A long full day excursion to Phnom Penh was the perfect introduction for many
   attractive young female dancers and press cameras.         Summer Palace where the ice on the lake reflected         platform with two Rangers who had a supply of                                                                                                visiting the country for the first time offering, as it did, glimpses of rural life from the coach windows before
   Images on these pages were kindly supplied by our          the winter sun. The last day was taken up by a walk
                                                                                                                        bananas for them. We were told they only ever feed                                                                                           exploring some of the highlights of this vibrant and colourful capital city. A sombre reminder of Cambodia’s
   local agent.                                               across Tiananmen Square, through the Forbidden
                                                                                                                        them bananas so that they get bored with the food                                                                                            own brutal recent history was to be found at the very sobering Tuol Sleng, the High School that was used as a
   Back on board, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca & Singapore           City and on to the Great Wall. These areas were
                                                                                                                        they are given and look for their own, more interesting                                                                  chocolate hills
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     detention centre during the Pol Pot era.
   followed in quick succession and then on to Borneo.        busy now. With the New Year celebrations over, the                                                                                                                                   Bohol
                                                                                                                        food in the forest! Towards the end the Rangers
   Mt.Kinabalu still peacefully slumbers over Kota            Chinese were in holiday mood and with the weather                                                                                                                                  Philippines         With so many Asian countries now looking towards their futures, some at an astonishing rate, others a little more
                                                                                                                        allowed the long tailed macaques to finish off the                                                                       20th Jan Full Day
   Kinabalu and in Sandakan the orang-utans awaited           bright and sunny (but very cold!) they were out in                                                                                                                                                     leisurely, but whilst still safeguarding their magnificent histories, there is such a wealth of opportunities on offer
                                                              their thousands.                                          bananas that were left. Two of the young orang-utans
   us. They appeared on schedule and one wonders                                                                                                                                                                                                                     in the Far East that it remains one of my absolute favourite regions and one that I am already looking forward to
                                                                                                                        spent the whole time sitting on the platform cuddling
   whether we came to see them or they came to see us.        Were there many changes? Yes there were some,                                                                                                                  Sandakan Sabah/Malaysia                 returning to next winter.
                                                                                                                        each other and eating. I felt very privileged to be                                                  18th Jan Full Day
   Later, at a local Chinese Temple, the scheduled 15         but not enough to detract from the fact that this is                                                                                         orangutan
                                                                                                                        able to see these creatures in as close to their                                   sanctuary
   minute photo stop was extended to 45 minutes when          a great area to cruise in. I enjoyed my return east
                                                                                                                        natural habitat as I would ever get to see
   I realised that the temple authorities had arranged a      and look forward to next winter when one of the                                                            Singapore
   demonstration of the Lion Dance (performed with            highlights will be Minerva’s return to Yangon in          them.
                                                                                                                                                                             5th Jan
   the ‘lion’ dancing on the tops of pillars – amazing)       Myanmar (Burma).                                          On the walk back out of the forest we             6th Jan Morning
                                                                                                                        were lucky enough to see an adult female                                 BORNEO
                                                                                                                        orang-utan with her baby, sitting on the
                                                                                                                        handrail of the boardwalk. This really was
                                                                                                                        my personal highlight.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          toraja land
                                                                                                                        With so many like-minded people on board it
                                                                                                                        was a very pleasant environment to work in and                                                        pare pare Sulawesi/Indonesia
                                                                                                                        I am looking forward to many more cruises in                                                          15th Jan Full Day/Eve                                                                                                         Colin Stone, M
                                                                                                                                                                                            Semarang                                                                                         Cambodia.                                                                     anaging Direc
                                                                                                                        the future, next time as a ‘Swan’ and no longer                     Java/Indonesia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fort rotterdam                          Andrew Marsden in                                                                    Sandakan, Mala                 tor, in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ysia. Minerva wi
                                                                                                                                                                                            9th Jan Full Day                 ujung pandang Sulawesi/                  Miner va wil  l next be visiting          Alison Nevin in Malaysia. Minerva will     be in Sandakan                      ll next
                                                                                                                        a ‘Cygnet’!                                                                                                                                                           oms of South                                                                  on ‘East of Java
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cambodia on ‘Kingd
                                                                                                                                                                                                               sasak         Indonesia – 14th Jan Afternoon                                                     next be in Malaysia on ‘Mysteries of the   05 Januar y 20                   ’,
                                                                                                                                                                               Cirebon                                                                                                                                                                                    12.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         st Asia’, 26 January
                                                                                                                                                                         Java/Indonesia                                         Komodo Indonesia                      Ea                                        Indian ocean’, 21 December 2011 and
                                                                                                                        Minerva will next be visiting this              8th Jan Afternoon                                     13th Jan Afternoon                                                                from Malay to Mumbai, 26 February
                                                                                                                                                                                              padang Bai                        komodo dragons                                                                  2012.
                                                                                                                        region on ‘east of Java’,                         BoroBudur         Bali/Indonesia         lembar
                                                                                                                                                                                            11th Jan             Lombok/Indonesia
                                                   Welcoming ceremony by Mr Riswan,                                     05 January 2012.                                                    Full Day/Eve         12th Jan Morning
Captain John Moulds and Hugh Leslie                Mr Arifin and staff in Belawan

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                                                                                                                     peter the Great’s log cabin
                                                                                                                     St Petersburg, Russia                                                                                                                                                          Corinth Canal transit, Greece
                                                                                                                     A walk in the Footsteps of Peter                                                                                                                                               A rare opportunity to travel the length of the narrow,
                                                                                                                     the Great. See the oldest building                                                                                                                                             steep-sided Corinth Canal, which links the Gulf of
                                                                                                                     in St Petersburg, the log cabin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Corinth with the Aegean Sea. Minerva is small enough
                                                                                                                     where Peter the Great lived whilst
                                                                                                                     overseeing the construction of his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to accomplish this memorable transit.
                                                                                                                     new imperial city.                                                                                                                                                             ‘A Classic Spring’ - (25 April - 8 May 2012)
                                                                                                                     ‘St Petersburg & the Baltic’                                                                                                                                                   ‘Venice and the Adriatic’ – (15 August - 29 August 2012)
                                                                                                                     (22 May - 6 June 2012)                                                                                                                                                         ‘A Byzantine Legacy’ – (10 october - 24 october 2012)

                                                    phillip the Great’s Gold                                                        Symi, Greece
                                                    Vergina, Thessaloniki                                                           Cruising on board Minerva in Swan Hellenic’s
                                                    Wonder at the tomb treasures                                                    traditional heartland of Greece and Turkey is a
                                                    of the Macedonian kings. A                                                      delight. Wander ashore in the small ports of the
                                                    highlight from Ancient Greece                                                   Dodecanese and Cycladic islands to discover
                                                    and a collection to rival those                                                 typical villages steeped in history. Pausing at a
                                                    found in Egypt.                                                                 taverna should not be missed.
    Callanish Standing Stones                       ‘Aegean and the Levant’                                                         ‘Hellenic Highlights’
    Stornoway, Isle of Lewis                        (26 September - 10 october 2012)                                                (29 August - 12 September 2012)
    Cruise to the remote Outer
    Hebrides and see one of the                                                                               Black
    most important megalithic sites
    in Europe.
    ‘treasures of the British Isles’
    (6 June - 20 June 2012)

                                                                                Canal                                                                                                                  local life
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mumbai, India
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Explore the markets of Mumbai,                                                                            water puppet theatre
                                                                                                                                                                                                       travel by local train and learn                                                                           Hanoi, Vietnam
                                                                                  Mediterranean Sea                                            Sur, oman                                               about the fascinating work of the                                                                         After the hustle and bustle of the
                                                                                                                                               Discover the dhow builders                              Dabbawalas as they deliver lunch                                                                          streets and markets of Hanoi, enjoy
                                                                                                                                               and fish markets of this remote                         boxes to thousands.                                                                                       a unique performance at the water
                                                                                                                                               Omani port.                                             ‘Colours of India’                                                                                        puppet theatre.
                                                                                                                                               ‘Along Desert Shores’                                   (7 December - 21 December 2011)                                                                           ‘Kingdoms of South East Asia’
port vendres                                                                                                                                   (27 March - 11 April 2012)
Minerva is small enough to                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shwedagon pagoda                                             (26 January - 15 February 2012)
access small ports such as                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yangon, Myanmar
Port Vendres, a maiden call in                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Admire the golden spire of this
2012 on the Rousillon coast                early Christian Mosaics
                                                                                       St Anthony’s Monastery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    revered pagoda.                                                                  Philippine
of France.                                 Ravenna, Italy
                                                                                       El Sokhna, Egypt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ‘Mysteries of the Indian ocean’                                                     Sea
                                                                                       Hidden deep in the Red
‘A Mediterranean Masterpiece’              Basilica of Sant’ Apollinare &                                                                                                                                                                           (21 December 2011 -
                                                                                       Sea Mountains, this remote
(8 May - 22 May 2012)                      Mausoleum of Galla Placidia.                                                                                                                                                                             5 January 2012)
                                                                                       community forms the largest
                                           Stunning Early Byzantine
                                                                                       and oldest Coptic monastery
                                           Mosaics dating back to 5th &                                                                                                                      Arabian
                                                                                       in Egypt.
                                           6th century AD.
                                           ‘A Byzantine Legacy’
                                                                                       ‘Egypt & the Levant’                                                                                    Sea
                                                                                       (11 April - 25 April 2012)
                                           (10 october - 24 october 2012)
                                                                                                                                                            Massawa town, eritrea

                                                                                                                                                            Discover the faded Arabic,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Andaman                                                  China Sea

                                                                                                                                                            Ottoman and Italian heritage

    Hidden Gems

                                                                                                                                                            of this historic Red Sea Port.                                                                                                                                        Chocolate Hills
                                                                                                                                                            Gain a unique insight into                                                                                                                                            Bohol, The Philippines
                                                                                                                                                            this friendly African country                                                                                                                                         Visit this delightful tropical island
                                                                                                                                                            untouched by tourism.                                                                                                                                                 and discover the distinctive geological
                                                                                                                                                            ‘Along Desert Shores’                                                                                                                                                 formations of the Chocolate Hills,
                                                                                                                                                            (27 March - 11 April 2012)                                                                                                                                            so named after the colour they turn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  during the dry season.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ‘East of Java’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (5 January - 26 January 2012)
     A selection of smaller, off the beaten track destinations and sights for Minerva’s 2012 Winter and Summer cruises                                                                                                                     Indian
                                       By Saskia Vrolyk, Head of Planning, Swan Hellenic
                                       Cruise itineraries for Swan Hellenic are designed with a view of “telling a story” rather than simply linking
                                       together ports of interest. Each port of call attempts to connect a narrative that runs throughout the itinerary,
                                       bringing history, culture and civilisations to life. Our aim is for passengers to return home having genuinely
                                       experienced a destination or region, enriched in the knowledge and experiences gained from the shore excursions
                                       as well as the insight provided by our eminent Guest Speaker talks programme which is carefully entwined to
                                       reveal a fascinating tale of discovery.                                                                                                                           Galle, Sri lanka
                                     With every itinerary, we aim to create a combination of the well-known, must-see sights, as well as hidden gems                                                     Wander through the streets of                                                                                    Stilt Houses of torajaland
                                                                                                                                                                                                         fortified Galle where the legacy                                                                                 Pare Pare, Sulawesi, Indonesia
                                     that can surprise and delight. As a small ship Minerva can take advantage of her size and visit some of the smaller                                                 of Portuguese, Dutch and British                                                                                 Enjoy magnificent panoramas as
                                     ports that restrict larger cruise vessels. In this way you can get closer to each destination and spend more time in                                                traders lingers.                                   Kek lok Si temple
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          you journey inland to the Central
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ‘Mysteries of the Indian ocean’                    Penang, Malaysia
     port exploring the destination in depth. With our extensive knowledge and experience, we work closely with our local partners and guides to                                                                                                            Explore the shrines and temples
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Highlands of Sulawesi where the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         (21 December 2011- 5 January 2012)                                                                               animist Toraja community live.
     ensure the best access to the true gems of each destination. With a wide choice of inclusive shore excursions in virtually every port, we strive to                                                                                                    of the colourful, hillside
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ‘East of Java’
     provide something of interest for everyone. After a Swan Hellenic cruise, you will no doubt take home special memories of your own                                                                                                                     Buddhist Temple of Kek Lok Si.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (5 January - 26 January 2012)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘From Malay to Mumbai
     experiences ashore. Here is a selection of some of the smaller ports and sights that can be discovered on board Minerva in the coming seasons.                                                                                                         (26 February - 12 March 2012)

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 Minerva – A look ahead to 2012
                                                                                                                 rating for


 Speakers for 2012                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith                   Rhodes, Greece

                                                                                                                                                     proFeSSor Alexei
                                                                                                                                                     leporC was born in 1967
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  proFeSSor CHriS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GoSDen has carried                                                   A CRUISING DITTY
                                                                                                                                                     in Leningrad, USSR and                                       out archaeological and
                                                                                                                                                     studied at St Petersburg                                     anthropological work on                                            by Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith
                                                                                                                                                     State University before being                                the history of rain forest use
                                                                                                                                                     awarded a research scholarship                               in Borneo and Papua New                                      We are the very models of the speakers on Minerva;
                                                                                                                                                     at the University of Vienna.                                 Guinea, as well as excavating
                                                                                                                                                     Since 2002 Alexei has been                                   Roman and Iron Age sites                                     We lecture on philosophy with elegance and fervour.
                                                                                                                                                     Curator at the Department of                                 in Britain. He is developing                                Our subjects are well known for their incredible variety;
                                                                                                                                                     Western European Art at the                                  archaeological projects in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               We hope we never bore you or contribute to satiety.
                                                                                                                                                     Hermitage. He has lectured                                   India and China. He worked
                                                                                                                           at the Universities of Munich, Freiburg and Leicester        for many years in the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford                                   Bishop Michael can instruct you in the mysteries of theology,
                                                                                                                           as well as at the Courtauld Institute, the V&A and           University and has published on the history of their                               While Tim can spot a waxwing and discourse on ornithology;
                                                                                                                           the Royal Geographical Society. Guest Speaker aboard         collections. He has published on many aspects of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               And Phillip’s erudition on the finer points of botany
                                                                                                                           Minerva’s ‘the Black Sea’, 16 September 2011 and ‘Venice     archaeology, including a recent book on Celtic art.
                                                                                                                           and the Adriatic’, 15 August 2012.                           Guest Speaker aboard Minerva’s ‘East of Java’, 05                                    Ensures that our excursions never suffer from monotony.
                                                                                                                                                                                        January 2012.                                                                        Ensures that our excursions never suffer from monotony,

 Guest Speakers – A preview                                                                                                                          proFeSSor iAin
                                                                                                                                                     StewArt is a geologist and                                   Mr niGel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Ensures that our excursions never suffer from monotony,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ensures that our excursions never suffer from monotonotony.
 by Pam Perry, Planning Administration Manager                                                                                                       broadcaster who has a chair in                               McGilCHriSt was
                                                                                                                                                     Geoscience Communication                                     a scholar at Winchester
                                                                                                                                                     at the University of Plymouth.                               College and a First Class                                There’s dracunculus vulgaris, otherwise the dragon arum,
                              Our recent online survey revealed that 98% of passengers rated                                                         His research interests in                                    graduate from Oxford, and                            Whose purple form and horrid smell are guaranteed to scare ‘em.
                                                                                                                                                     recent geological change                                     has lived and worked in
                              our Guest Speaker programme as either ‘important’ or ‘highly                                                           have featured in several BBC                                 the Mediterranean – Italy,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      On Rhodes, up in the hills, we found the mandrake root, mandragora,
                              important’ when choosing to travel with Swan Hellenic. Our                                                             science series, including Earth:                             Greece and Turkey – for 30                           At Xanthos peas and vetch and poppies scattered round the agora.
                              first ever cruise in 1954 was accompanied by leading academics                                                         the Power of the Planet, the                                 years. He is author of the                                    The experts found an iris, hermodaktyl tuberosus,
                                                                                                                                                     Climate Wars, and Journeys                                   20-volume series of cultural
                              who gave talks pertinent to the sites visited on the inclusive                               from the Centre of the Earth. Guest Speaker aboard                                     guides to the Greek Islands,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             And everywhere Jerusalem sage, the phlomis fruticosa.
                              shore excursion programme. This winning, and much imitated,                                  Minerva’s ‘treasures of the Near East’, 21 November          McGilchrist’s Greek Islands, and of the Blue Guide                                      On one far hill I think we found bellardia trixago.
                                                                                                                           2012.                                                        to the Aegean Islands. He lectures widely in art and                             Let’s hope, after all this, that no one’s suffering from lumbago.
                              combination has been the hallmark of a Swan Hellenic cruise                                                                                               archaeology in Europe and the USA.
                              ever since.                                                                                                                                               Guest Speaker aboard Minerva’s ‘Hellenic Highlights’,
                                                                                                                                                     Mr toM HollAnD is an               29 August 2012.                                                                      Chris Kelly taught the glories of Olympic odes Pindaric,
 As ever, our Guest Speakers are drawn mainly from the academic world and include eminent archaeologists,                                            author and historian. Rubicon:                                                                                         While Lesley showed us Minotaurs and statuettes Cycladic.
 classicists, historians, geographers, art historians, geologists and military historians among others while                                         the triumph and tragedy
                                                                                                                                                     of the Roman Republic, won                                                                                                 In short, in matters vegetable, mineral and animal
 naturalists, botanists, volcanologists, politicians, authors, diplomats and clerics add extra depth and insights to the
                                                                                                                                                     the Hessell-Tiltman Prize                                                                                                We cover every theme from Theodosius to Hannibal.
 programme. It is always a pleasure to welcome back established and highly rated Guest Speakers – as it is to invite                                 for History while his second
 new Speakers – knowing that their talks will fascinate and intrigue and that lively conversation around the dinner                                  work of history, Persian Fire:
 table will be relished by both passenger and Guest Speaker alike.                                                                                   the First World Empire and                                                                                                  Excursions to Olympia and Rhodes and Kalamata
                                                                                                                                                     the Battle for the West, won                                                                                        Were followed by the soothing words of Cruise Director Carter;
 We were saddened to learn of the untimely death of Professor Richard Holmes CBE TD JP who had been
                                                                                                                                                     the Anglo-Hellenic League’s
 due to join us on ‘A French Accent’ in 2012. He and his wife, Lizzie, had been regular, and extremely popular,            Runciman Award. His latest book, Millennium: the                                                                                              With sandwiches and scones and cream and other such frivolities
 passengers on Minerva and Richard had enthralled all who heard him speak on military history. We will miss him            End of the World and the Forging of Christendom was                                                                                             We surfeited on breakfast, dinner, jolly lunch and jolly teas –
 and send our condolences to his family.                                                                                   published to great acclaim in 2008. In 2007 he won the                                                                                             While all the time the skilful hand of Captain Giovanni
                                                                                                                           Classical Association prize, awarded to ‘the individual
 Among the many who will be returning to Minerva in 2012 are Professor Alexei Leporc, a curator at the State               who has done most to promote the study of the                                                                                                        Enabled us to navigate past every nook and cranny.
 Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg (‘Venice & the Adriatic’) and the geologist and broadcaster, Professor Iain             language, literature and civilisation of Ancient Greece                                                                                              In short from the Acropolis to Emperor Elagabalus
 Stewart, on ‘treasures of the Near East’.                                                                                 and Rome’. Guest Speaker aboard Minerva’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This cruise on the Minerva has been ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS.
                                                                                                                           ‘A Byzantine Legacy’, 10 october 2011.
 Guest Speakers travelling on Minerva for the first time include the historian and author of Rubicon, Persian
 Fire and Millennium, Mr Tom Holland, the archaeologist Professor Chris Gosden who has a Chair of European
 Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford, and Mr Nigel McGilchrist who has just published, to great
 acclaim, a 20 volume series on the art, archaeology, history and natural phenomena of the Greek Islands. They                                                                                                                                                                                      25 April 2011
 will be travelling on ‘A Byzantine Legacy’, ‘East of Java’ and ‘Hellenic Highlights’ respectively.                                                                                                                                                                                               On board Minerva

          Our relationship with NADFAS continues to flourish and, in 2012, our popular NADFAS speakers will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             (with acknowledgements to W S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, ‘I am the very Model of a Modern
          include the excellent Mr George Hart, Dr Steve Kershaw, Mr Sam Moorhead, Ms Hilary Hope Guise,                                                                                                                                                                              Major-General’, the Pirates of Penzance)
          Professor Ian Beckett, Mrs Nirvana Romell and Ms Louise Schofield.

          Our new relationship with the National Trust, celebrated in our ‘treasures of the British Isles’ cruise, will                                                                                                                                   Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith cruised aboard Minerva as a Guest Speaker on ‘Flowers of the Aegean’ in
          feature two eminent National Trust speakers, Mr Jeremy Pearson and Mr Adrian Tinniswood.                                                                                                                                                       April 2011. Other Guest Speakers referred to in the piece are The Rt Revd Michael Turnbull, Mr Tim
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Earl, Dr Phillip Cribb, Dr Christopher Kelly and Ms Lesley Fitton. Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith will be
          2012 promises to be an interesting year!                                                                                                                                                                                                                       joining Minerva again on ‘Aegean and the Levant’, 26 September 2012.

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    Experience Christmas aboard Minerva
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “         We have been cruising for a number of years and have not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               experienced such excellent hospitality and service for some time. It
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               was refreshing to find that all the niceties still exist on your ship and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               that all the crew went out of their way to help us enjoy ourselvess.

    Celebrate                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               R. Darlow, Surrey. (Passenger testimonial from Minerva’s ‘treasures of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the East’ cruise last year, 2011)

                                           Christmas                                                                                        in the Indian Ocean
                                                                                                                                               So what can be expected                                                                                              excursion highlights
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pinnawela elephant orphanage

                                                                                                                                               aboard Minerva on a traditional                                                                                      Enjoy a visit to the magnificent Pinnawela Elephant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Orphanage where some of the rescued elephants are

                                                                                                                                               Christmas cruise ?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    successfully breeding. Rescued calf elephants may
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    have been abandoned by their mothers, fallen into
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ravines during drought periods in a quest for water
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    or been displaced by development. The orphanage
                                                                                                                                               elegant entertainment, fascinating Guest Speaker talks and a sparkling atmosphere as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    attempts to recreate a natural habitat where they can
                                                                                                                                               passengers and crew celebrate. enjoy a Christmas eve Gala dinner followed by carols                                  roam freely during the day, allowing a herd structure
Singapore orchids                          Pinnawela Elephants, Sri Lanka                  Golden Shwedagon Pagoda, yangon                     around the piano and perhaps mince pies in Shackleton’s Bar; indulge in a wonderful                                  to develop.
                                                                                                                                               lunch followed by a black tie Gala dinner on Christmas Day itself and dance on                                       temple of the tooth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Drive through the beautiful scenery of the Hill
                                                                                                                                               deck under the stars! then, after more sightseeing and relaxing on board, see in the                                 Country to Kandy, renowned as an important centre

    MYSTERIES of the INDIAN OCEAN                                                                                                              new year with another party hosted by the Captain. this year our festive itinerary
                                                                                                                                               cruises the indian ocean and Andaman Sea from Sri lanka to Singapore, discovering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for pilgrims throughout the Buddhist world. At
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kandy you can discover the lakeside Temple of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tooth, one of the most holy sites in Sri Lanka, which
    DEPART 21 DECEMBER 2011 – 16 DAYS INSIDE FROM £2,350pp – OUTSIDE FROM £3,050pp                                                             countries shaped by their colonial past, peoples, cultures and religions as well as                                  is reputed to contain an actual tooth of the Buddha
                                                                                                                                               striking coastal scenery.                                                                                            on his second visit to the island over 2,000 years ago.
    Colombo • Galle • Port Blair • Yangon • Penang • Malacca • Singapore
                                                                                                                                               our four Guest Speakers are geographer professor Graham Chapman, historian                                           remote Andaman islands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Andaman Islands – a remote Indian Ocean
                                                                                                                                               professor Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, botanist Dr phillip Cribb and Canon ralph                                        archipelago of about 184 islands – were once known
              temple of the tooth, Kandy                                                                                                       Godsall, priest vicar of westminster Abbey.                                                                          as Kalapani – Black Waters – for their role as a feared
                                                                                  yangon Myanmar                                                                                                                                                                    penal settlement, but are now renowned for their lush
                                                                                  28th Dec Eve                                                                                                                                                                      forests and white sand beaches. At Port Blair visit
                                                                                  29th Dec Full Day/overnight                                                                                                                                                       the Anthropological Museum and the Cellular Jail

                                                                                                                                               Burma – Canon Ralph Godsall, who has visited
                                                                                  30th Dec Morning                                                                                                                                                                  built to house political prisoners far from the Indian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mainland. Or discover Ross Island, genteel centre of
                                                                               Pagoda                  THAILAND                                Myanmar (Burma), writes:                                                                                             British Administration. Relaxing on a tropical beach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    is another option.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Burma is the most beautiful, friendly and culturally                             two nights in yangon
                                                              BAy oF
                                                              BENGAL                                                      Andaman Islands                                          interesting Asian country i have visited. Most of the                            Transit the Yangon River to Yangon, the capital of
                                                                                                                                                                                   population live in the three great river valleys circled                         Myanmar, where two nights in port allows plenty of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    time to discover the city, visit a monastery and absorb
                                                                                                                                                                                   by impenetrable horseshoes of mountains. river life
                                                                  ross island                                                                                                                                                                                       the city’s Buddhist and local way of life. Admire
                                                                                                                                                                                   dominates the country and still to this day forms the                            the most venerable pagoda in South East Asia – the
                                                                 port Blair                                                                                                        main system of transportation, irrigation, and offers rich                       golden Shwedagon Pagoda – which is so sumptuously
                                                      Andaman Islands/India
                         Colombo                                                                                                                                                   fishing grounds.                                                                 decorated that even the hollow gold sphere at the tip
                                                              26th Dec Full Day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of the spire is studded with 4,351 diamonds (totalling
                          Sri Lanka                                                                                                                                             In the Chindwin, Irrawaddy and Sadween valleys two millennia of
                                                                                   ANDAMAN                                                                                                                                                                          1,800 carats) and a single 76-carat diamond rests of
                           21st Dec                                                                                                                                             Buddhist art, architecture and archaeology survive, including the three
                                                                                     SEA                                                                                                                                                                            the very tip. Or travel inland to Bago, ancient capital
              22nd Dec Full Day/Eve        kandy                                                                                                                                thousand standing monuments at Pagan (now known as Bagan). There are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of the Mon Kingdom to visit the Shwemadaw pagoda
                                           Pinnawela                                                                                                                            few other Asian countries with so vast and varied a range of cultural sites.
                                                                                                         georgetown                                                                                                                                                 and the Htauk Kyant War Memorial Cemetery.
                                           elePhants                                                                                                                            Almost everywhere are temples and monasteries, festivals and ceremonies.
                                                                                                                                               The Burmese are a deeply pious people and Buddhist activities dominate every aspect of life.                         Colonial Georgetown
                                                                                                            penang Malaysia                                                                                                                                         Discover Georgetown, Penang’s vibrant multi-ethnic
                             Galle Sri Lanka                                                                                                   The Burmese are a very warm and friendly people who, since Independence in 1947, have suffered terrible
                                                                                                            2nd Jan Morning                                                                                                                                         main city. You’ll see the impressive Fort Cornwallis;
                             23rd Dec Morning                                                                                                  impoverishment and deprivation, not least from a harsh 50-year military dictatorship and more recently from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    visit the magnificent Thai Buddhist Wat Chaiya
                                                                                                                     Plantations               the devastating effects of Cyclone Nargis in 2008. Burma is the land of Bagan, Bago (formerly known as Pegu,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mangkalaram Temple – housing a gold-plated
                                                                                                                                               the capital of the Mons kings), Mandalay and Moulmein, the revered Shwedagon Pagoda, the astonishing
                                                                                                                          Botanical                                                                                                                                 reclining Buddha – and the impressive Burmese
                                                                                                                                               Golden Rock Pagoda, merchant adventurer Samuel White’s Mergui Archipelago, and of “the sunshine an’ the
                                                        INDIAN oCEAN                          Malacca Malaysia            gardens                                                                                                                                   Buddha temple nearby. Enjoy a visit to the Khoo
                                                                                                                                               palm-trees an’ the tinkly temple-bells.”
                                                                                               3rd Jan Afternoon                                                                                                                                                    Kongsi Chinese ancestral home where intricate
                                                                                                                                               One-time port of call for Kipling, Conrad, Orwell, Saki, Malraux, H G Wells and Somerset Maugham, it is a
                                                                                                                   Singapore                                                                                                                                        carvings and ancestral tables can be admired as well
                                                                                                                                               shining land rich in natural beauty and culture that remains one of the less visited parts of South-East Asia.       as strolling through Little India, the centre of today’s
                                                                                                                   4th Jan Full Day
                                                                                                                     5th Jan                   Swan Hellenic’s shore excursion programme is in the planning stage but, in Yangon, is likely to include visits       Indian community where you can also see the oldest
                                                                                                                                               to the Shewadagon pagoda, a monastery and excursions to see some of the Colonial architecture.                       Hindu temple in Penang, Sri Mahamariamman.

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 Travelling with Swan Hellenic since 1999
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 A fond farewell                                                                                                                                                    Autumn
 to ‘Rutters’                                                                                                                                                       2011                                                                                                                                Alhambra Palace, Grenada

 paul rutterford, who has been a familiar face to Swan passengers for the past 12 years, has
 now decided to move permanently ashore. we wish him the very best for the future. Here                                                                              A Spanish Summer 19 August – 2 September 2011
 he reflects on his years with Swan Hellenic.                                                                                                                        15 Days from only £1,805 per person
                                                                                                                                                                     From the green coasts of Spain and Portugal, to the true home of ‘typical’ Spain, Andalucia, Minerva cruises
     It was on the 7th October 1999 that I first joined           cruise on Minerva II. The performance was more of
                                                                                                                                                                     to Spain’s most important naval port, Cartagena, before calling at three of the Mediterranean’s prettiest islands,
     Minerva, flying to Venice for a cruise to the Adriatic,      a circus act but was much enjoyed by the passengers
                                                                                                                                                                     Menorca, Sardinia and Corsica.
     Mediterranean and North Africa. Little did I know            and I must admit, my colleagues and I have never had
                                                                                                                                                                     • Portsmouth • Sark • La Coruna • Oporto • Cadiz • Malaga • Cartagena • Mahon • Alghero • Calvi • Livorno
     that this was to be a start of a travel bug that would       so much fun, it was not as what we expected, but it
     last more than a decade. In the spring of 2000 I             was superb!                                                                                        Guest speakers include: Professor Simon Keay, Dr Philip de Souza, The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres and
                                                                                                                            Paul Carter, Paul Rutter
     joined Minerva as a full time member of sea staff                                                                                                ford,          Dr Cathy Oakes.
                                                                  From 2003 to 2007 Swan operated Minerva II, a             Danielle Por ter and An
     spending the next three years as Onboard Cashier,                                                                                              drew Marsden
                                                                  larger ship that allowed us to travel further afield      in Cambodia.
     travelling throughout Europe, the Middle East, India         and in particular to the continent of South America
     and South East Asia – all of Swan’s                                            and Brazil. Parintins and the Boi-                                                                                     Hidden treasures of the Adriatic 2 September – 16 September 2011
     itineraries and getting my sea legs
     too!                                           Over a                          Bumba Show is a fantastic display
                                                                                    of music, dance, costumes, colour                                                                                      15 Days from only £2,155 per person
     During my time on board there were                                             and Caipirinhas – the Brazil national   Whilst we say goodbye                                                          Enjoy the late summer sunshine in the Mediterranean and among the beautiful islands of the Adriatic. See two
     many fantastic experiences, including
     fond memories of passengers I have
                                                   decade of                        drink of cachaca, sugar, limes and
                                                                                    ice – alcoholic lemonade with a kick.   to Paul Rutterford, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                           of Italy’s active volcanoes, the beautiful cities of Venice and Dubrovnik, and cruise among the scenic islands and
                                                                                                                                                                                                           fjords of Croatia. Finally, transit the narrow Corinth Canal, a unique experience.
     met, excursions I have escorted
     and places visited as well as some of         Swanning                         Parintins is about half way up the
                                                                                    Amazon River between Belem and
                                                                                                                              Swan Hellenic team                                                           • Livorno • Messina • Brindisi • Venice • Pula • Hvar • Dubrovnik • Kotor • Sarande • Itea • New Corinth • Piraeus
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Guest speakers include: Mrs Jane Angelini, Dr Caroline Malone, Dr Simon Stoddart, The Revd Robin Griffith-Jones and
     the most wonderful people I have                                               Manaus, and is a world away from          of ‘yellow shirts’ are
     been lucky to work with. A question
     that I am often asked is what is
                                                   around...                        what many of us had experienced in
                                                                                    the Western World.                        looking forward to
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Dr David Cordingly.

     my favourite cruise or destination                                             The old saying that travel broadens
     visited. My instinctive response for Europe has to be        the mind is indeed true and in the last three years       welcoming you on your                    Greek and turkish odyssey 30 September – 14 October 2011
     venice, which, as this was first point of embarkation                                                                                                           15 Days from only £1,905 per person
     to Minerva, is probably very poignant. The red rose
                                                                  since Swan Hellenic has been operating Minerva
                                                                  under the ownership of All Leisure Group I have been
                                                                                                                               next cruise soon.
     City of petra is my one ‘must-see visit of a lifetime.’                                                                                                         Cruise the island-strewn waters of the Aegean after the crowds of the summer have disappeared. Discover islands
                                                                  fortunate enough to have visited the vast untamed
     I remember so well the first time that I saw the             landscape of Antarctica, one of the most amazing                                                   that have inspired artists and poets, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the home of western medicine. Cruise the
     treasury from the Siq.                                                                                                  Paul Carter          Hugh Leslie        Lycian coast, exploring ancient cities and abandoned villages before arriving in the ancient port of Piraeus.
                                                                  destinations in the world. The feeling that you are
     I always enjoy cruise itineraries that take in the coastal   close to the natural world can only be appreciated                                                 • Istanbul • Thessaloniki • Mythemna • Mytilene • Chios • Milos • Kos • Kusadasi • Fethiye • Nauplia • Piraeus
     scenery around the Aegean. The Greek Islands and             when you visit this continent, particularly with the                                               Guest speakers include: Professor Christopher Andrew, Canon Ralph Godsall and Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe.
     Turkish ports have always been highlights, particularly      unique landings on the Antarctica Peninsula and
     the ports of call in the Peloponnese; I just fell in love    South Georgia.
     with Nauplia, Gythion and the surrounding region,            My last month on board Minerva was during January
     as well as the Turkish coast on the Aegean. Italy is
     another favourite, featuring historic cities such as
                                                                  and February 2011, and I was fortunate to return                                                   volcanoes of the Mediterranean 14 October – 28 October 2011
                                                                  to South East Asia, visiting Borneo, the Philippines,
     Lucca, Rome and Florence and ancient sites such as           Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. During my visit to                                                 15 Days from only £1,900 per person
     Pompeii and Herculaneum near Naples and those                Phnom Penh in Cambodia I returned to Tuol Sleng,           Adil Kyas            Paul Cranny        Sicily is geographically and historically at the centre of the Mediterranean, its shores lapped by three different
     on Sicily.                                                   the detention centre and genocide prison used during                                               seas. Discover more about the cultural legacy of this unique island and explore some of the volcanoes of the
     A significant part of being a ‘yellow Shirt’, as the Swan    the Khmer Rouge regime; very moving and thought                                                    Mediterranean that have impacted on civilisations past and present.
     Hellenic staff are often called, is escorting the shore      provoking. This reiterated to me how privileged
                                                                                                                                                                     • Piraeus • Katakolon • Pylos • Catania • Naples • Palermo • Lipari • Trapani • Porto Empedocle • La Goulette
     excursions in the ports of call. There are many that         I have been to visit so many diverse and different
     come to mind fondly, including an excursion to the           cultures and countries during the last 12 years
                                                                                                                                                                     • Valletta
     little-visited Greek island of Halki, off the west coast     travelling with Swan.                                                                              Guest speakers include: Dr Peter Cattermole, Dr Alan Borg and Professor Keith Ward.
     of Rhodes. With a small group we arrived at the port,        Since March 2011 I have remained in the maritime
     only to find there was no transportation on the island,      industry working for a ship management company,
     except a pick-up van, which we used to transport             which manages a number of cruise ships and super           Andrea Chambers      Danielle Porter
                                                                                                                                                                                                           the Frankincense route 23 November – 7 December 2011
     passengers to the small church, beach and then back          yachts and one such vessel is Hebridean Princess,                                                                                        15 Days from only £1,745 per person
     to the port for a local lunch. A sign of Swan being          operated by Swan Hellenic’s sister company
     able to adapt to any situation, and in this case we did
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Enjoy a leisurely cruise in winter sunshine from the sites of the Sinai Desert to the thriving modern metropolis
                                                                  Hebridean Island Cruises. In my role as Marine
     not disappoint.                                                                                                                                                                                       of Dubai. Discover Arab and nomadic cultures and follow ancient trade routes down through the Red Sea and
                                                                  Recruitment Manager I am looking forward to
     Local culture is always another highlight and a              building on my own career and work experiences                                                                                           around the Arabian peninsula to Muscat and Dubai.
     folkloric dinner and performance in Nessebur,                to date in the growing and exciting cruise industry,                                                                                     • Sharm el Sheikh • Safaga • Djibouti • Salalah • Muscat • Fujairah • Dubai
     Bulgaria, has to be another very memorable                   whilst still being associated with my friends in the                                                                                     Guest speakers include: Professor Christopher Stillman, Mr Carl Phillips, The Rt Revd Barry Rogerson and
     experience. This was experienced during a Black Sea          All Leisure Group.                                                                                                                       Mr George Hart.

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 Swan Hellenic in the Far East 2011/12

 Winter in
 the Far East
                                         F     ollowing the unprecedented success of Minerva’s 2010/11 season in the
                                               Far east, we are returning to this region for winter 2011/12 with a
                                         fascinating choice of itineraries, arranged in meticulous detail by our
                                                                                                                                                           From Malay to Mumbai 26 February – 12 March 2012
                                                                                                                                                           16 Days from only £2,535 per person
                                                                                                                                                           The scent of spices on the trade winds, lingering images of former colonial empires and the sights and sounds of
                                         experienced planners. Highlights of this season include a visit to Gandhi’s                                       rural India create a relaxing cruise from Singapore, through the Straits of Malacca and across the Indian Ocean,
                                                                                                                                                           to the Indian subcontinent and the Malabar coast.
                                         birthplace in porbandar, india, a chance to experience the fascinating culture                                    • Singapore • Penang • Phuket • Galle • Colombo • Kochi • Marmagao • Mumbai
                                         of vietnam, cruise the Kerala backwaters of india, or explore the exclusive                                       Guest speakers include: Professor Graham Chapman, Professor VT King, The Rt Revd Graham James and
                                         conservation island of Sir Bani yas.                                                                              Professor Tony Stockwell.

     Colours of india 7 December – 21 December 2011                                                                                                                                               into the persian Gulf 12 March – 27 March 2012
     15 Days from only £2,245 per person                                                                                                                                                          16 Days from only £2,490 per person
     Cruise the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, from the United Arab Emirates to the pearl of the Indian Ocean,                                                                                     Ply the waters of the Arabian Sea from India to the Persian Gulf. A fascinating cruise that contrasts India’s
     Sri Lanka. Learn more about Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist cultures and the trade that unites them and explore                                                                                  vibrant cities with the wealth of the Gulf states and explores an ever changing landscape from the colourful
     intricate temples, colonial towns and colourful local markets.                                                                                                                               northern coast of India to the deserts, oases and mountains of the Arabian peninsula.

     • Dubai • Khasab • Porbandar • Mumbai • Mangalore • Kochi • Tuticorin • Colombo                                                                                                              • Mumbai • Porbandar • Khasab • Abu Dhabi • Sir Bani Yas • Manama • Dubai • Fujairah • Muscat
     Guest speakers include: Sir Rob Young, Dr Robert Bradnock, Canon Dr Andrew Wingate and Mr James Parry.                                                                                       Guest speakers include: Mr Robin Kealy, Mr Carl Phillips and Mr James V Parry.

                                        Kingdoms of South east Asia 26 January – 15 February 2012                                                          Along Desert Shores 27 March – 11 April 2012
                                        21 Days from only £3,380 per person                                                                                16 Days from only £1,995 per person
                                        A unique and compelling opportunity to discover Vietnam in depth, visit royal Phnom Penh in Cambodia, sail         Join Minerva as she cruises the Arabian Sea, following ancient trade routes, discovering modern Islamic
                                        up the Chao Phraya river to Bangkok in Thailand and enjoy Singapore.                                               culture and visiting towns and countries still little frequented by western travellers.
                                        • Hong Kong • Halong Bay • Da Nang • Qui Nhon • Nha Trang • Ho Chi Minh City • Sihanoukville                       • Muscat • Salalah • Massawa • Safaga • Aqaba • Sharm El Sheikh
                                        • Bangkok • Ko Samui • Singapore                                                                                   Guest speakers include: Dr Alan Borg, Dr Tom Vosmer and Mr Andy Bunten.
                                        Guest speakers include: Mr Michael Saunders, Mrs Kim Jane Saunders and Professor Lord Harries of Pentregarth.

                                    Tailor-make your own Grand Voyage                                                                                                                                                                         Khasab
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Grand indian voyage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 30 days from £3,590 per person
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       7 December 2011 – 5 January 2012
                                         A Grand Voyage aboard Minerva is a wonderful chance to visit a range of fascinating countries                  An example of one of the popular Grand Voyages is the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dubai                porbandar
                                          and ports in one magnificent holiday, seeing places that are often out of reach to those travelling           30-day Grand Indian Voyage which allows you to spend                                  UAE
                                           by other means. What other way would you be able to discover so many different destinations                  the festive period cruising the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean                    SAUDI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ARABIAN           Mumbai
                                            in-depth, yet at a leisurely pace, unpacking once, enjoying the comfort and amenities of your               and Andaman Sea, from the land of spices and ancient                              OMAN           SEA             India
                                             country-house environment, whilst in the company of a wide-ranging panel of eminent Guest                  bazaars to the treasures of our colonial past.                                                                                       BAy oF BENGAL
                                              Speakers? Our planners have devised a series of Grand Voyages that can be viewed on our                                                                                                                                          Mangalore
                                               website, but there is nothing to stop you planning your own. With air credits offered on                  lAunDry                We understand the importance of being able to ‘travel                                                                        port Blair
                                                every cruise, simply combine two or more successive cruises together to tailor-make your                & internet              light’ and to also be able to keep in touch with loved                                 Kochi        tuticorin                Andaman Islands/India
                                                                                                                                                                                ones whilst away for a longer cruise. We have therefore                                India        India
                                                 very own Grand Voyage.                                                                                    oFFer                                                                                                                                         ANDAMAN
                                                                                                                                                                                introduced a special offer for Grand Voyage passengers:                                  Colombo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sri Lanka                                           penang
                                                   A word of caution however, we do recommend booking early to ensure we can                                                    Receive 50% off the charges for laundry and internet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Galle                                       Malaysia
                                                                                                                                                         usage on board Minerva for the duration of your cruise. Simply quote ‘SWGV01’                                           Sri Lanka
                                                    guarantee the same cabin for the duration of your cruise.                                                                                                                                                                                   oCEAN
                                                                                                                                                         when booking your ‘Grand Voyage’ cruise for 2011/12 to receive this offer.                                                                               Malaysia
                                                                                                                                                         (Please note that a dry cleaning service is not offered on board).                                                                                              Singapore

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 Swan Hellenic – our services update                                                                                                                                           THE SWAN HELLENIC WEBSITE                                                                  Hebridean
                                                                                                                                                                               ALREADy BooKED SECTION                                                                    Princess 2011

                                                                                                                                                                               The Swan Hellenic website not only contains details of all our cruises but now
                                                                                                                                                                               also features an ‘Already Booked’ section. Once you have booked your cruise you
                                                                                                                                                                               can complete your booking form and update your personal information online.
                                                                                                                                                                               Log on to, click on ‘Already Booked’ at the bottom of the

  the Scenes
                                                                                                                                                                               page, select Booking Form or Required Passenger Information, insert your booking
                                                                                                                                                                               number and complete the relevant form.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      An eASt CoASt
                                                                                                                                                                               The ‘Already Booked’ section also contains pages of other useful information such as
                                                                                                                                                                               Frequently Asked Questions (which covers a wide range of pre-cruise information,
                                                                                                                                                                               life on board Minerva, the shore excursion programme, etc), copies of all Cruise       NEW CRUISE – Join Hebridean Princess as she
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sails the stunning waters of eastern Scotland
                                                                                                                                                                               Books published to date, as well as Chauffeur and other Partner Services.              and takes you to castles, historic sites,
                                    Scheduled flying secured for winter 2011/12                                                                                                                                                                                       gardens, museums and under the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      iconic Forth bridges.
                                    we are pleased to confirm that the majority of flights for the winter season will be with our chosen                                                                                                                              From invergordon to leith
                                    scheduled carrier, British Airways, with some routes also featuring airlines such as Singapore Airlines,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ALREADY BOOKED
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6 – 14 August 2011, 8 nights
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  up to   50%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  on DouBle
                                    Qantas Airways, Cathay pacific, virgin Atlantic and Jet Airways, as well as selected charter operations.                                                                                                                                                                        CABinS

 With British Airways flights, the seats included in your cruise fare are in                upgrade to British Airways, Club world                                                                                                                                    SpeCiAl oFFer
 the airline’s World Traveller category, with options to upgrade to World                                                                                                                                                                                             DouBle CABin priCe FroM £2,550pp*
                                                                                            • Increased baggage allowance of three checked in bags weighing up to                                                                                                     SinGle CABin priCe FroM £5,570*
 Traveller Plus or Club World should you prefer. However please be advised
                                                                                              32kgs per bag                                                                                                                                                           As a regular passenger with Swan Hellenic,
 that upgraded seats are limited in number and subject to availability, so we
                                                                                            • Access to a Club World Lounge before your flight                                                                                                                        Hebridean Island Cruises is offering you a special
 recommend booking early should you wish to choose these options.                                                                                                                                                                                                     Loyalty Saving of 50% on double cabins when
                                                                                            • Club World specially designed seat, which offers four preset seat positions,                                                                                            you book this featured cruise on board Hebridean
 British Airways, world traveller                                                             as well as the flexibility to create your own using the fine adjustment                                                                                                 Princess.
 •   Baggage allowance – One checked in bag weighing up to 23kgs                              buttons. The 63.5cm wide bed with soft mattress, memory-foam headrest,                                                                                                  *Prices shown include the Special Loyalty Saving.
 •   Three-course meals suited to your flight time and designed by leading chefs              comfy quilt and touch button privacy screen is ideal for sleeping
 •   Complimentary bar service                                                              • Personal space includes a desk, in-seat phone and laptop power socket, as                                                                                               TRAVEL PLAN
 •   Blankets, cushions, eyeshades and flight socks provided                                  well as your own locker, ideal for storage when dining or sleeping                                                                                                      Day 1: (6 August) – invergordon
 •   Personal screen with free of charge headphones to enjoy the choice of in-                                                                                                                                                                                        Embarkation at Invergordon; alongside overnight.
                                                                                            • A complimentary wash bag containing Elemis in-flight skincare products,
     flight entertainment.                                                                    toothbrush, toothpaste, eye mask, earplugs and flight socks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Day 2: (7 August) – invergordon and Moray Firth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Visit Dunrobin Castle, returning to the ship for lunch
 upgrade to British Airways, world traveller plus                                           • Club World Menu, inspired by some of the world’s top chefs, with a choice                                                                                               and afternoon cruising to the Moray Firth, where we
                                                                                              of old and new world wines                                                                                                                                              hope to see the resident pod of bottlenose dolphins.
 • Increased baggage allowance of two checked in bags (up to 23kgs each)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Berthed alongside Inverness overnight.
 • A private dedicated cabin of no more than six rows                                       • The onboard Club Kitchen provides a choice of snacks and beverages
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Day 3: (8 August) – inverness
 • A complimentary newspaper, cushion, blanket and amenity kit including                    • Personal 26cm flat-screen with noise-cancelling headphones to enjoy the                                                                                                 In the morning take a trip to Culloden with a light
   earplugs, toothbrush, toothpaste, flight socks, and eye mask                               choice of in-flight entertainment.                                                                                                                                      lunch at the visitor centre, and later visit Fort George.
 • Laptop power and in-seat phone facility
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Day 4: (9 August) – Macduff
 • Personal screen with noise-reducing headphones to enjoy the choice of                    please speak to our reservations team for more information on                                                                                                             A morning cruise along the Grampian Coast to
   in-flight entertainment.                                                                 fares and availability for upgrading your flight.                                                                                                                         Macduff for a visit to Duff House.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Day 5: (10 August) – peterhead and Aberdeen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      After a visit ashore to neoclassical Cairness House,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cruise to Aberdeen.

 we’re listening …                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Day 6: (11 August) – Aberdeen and Dundee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We visit the Aberdeen Maritime Museum before an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      afternoon cruise to Dundee. Alongside overnight.
                                                                                                                         The results of our recent online survey reveal that                                                                                          Day 7: (12 August) – Dundee
     If you’ve ever wondered what happens to             The overall cruise experience for the winter                    88% of passengers are attracted to the hidden gems                                                                                           Take a morning tour to Glamis Castle, family home
     the Customer Service Questionnaire that             season scored an impressive 95% with the                                                                                                                                                                     of the late Queen Mother. In the afternoon tour
                                                                                                                         that feature in most of our itineraries with 89%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      St Andrews, home of golf. Alongside overnight.
     passengers complete at the end of their             following aspects scoring by passengers, on                     of passengers rating the inclusive shore excursion                                                                                           Farewell Gala Dinner.
     cruise, you may be interested to learn that         average as follows:                                             programme as important when selecting their                                                                                                  Day 8: (13 August) – At sea and leith
     the results are compiled in percentage              Quality of the cruise itinerary ..................94%           holiday. Overwhelmingly, 98% of those surveyed                                                                                               Cruise the East Neuk of Fife and, weather permitting,
     format and distributed to the relevant              Excursion programme ............................92%             also rated Guest Speakers as either important or                                                                                             circumnavigate the Bell Rock Lighthouse. Cruise under
     internal departments to review and make                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the famous Forth bridges and back to Leith. In the
                                                         Guest Speakers ......................................90%        very important when choosing their cruise.                                                                                                   evening we attend the world famous Royal Edinburgh
     improvements where necessary. Here are              With several Guest                                              As we are constantly striving to deliver what is                                                                                             Military Tattoo.
     some of the results we have gleaned from            Speakers scoring up to ...........................96%           important to passengers, it is encouraging to learn                                                                                          Day 9: (14 August) – leith
     the 2010/11 season in the Far East:                 General service in the                                                                                                                                                                                       Disembarkation in Leith.
                                                                                                                         that our efforts in planning shore excursions and
     Of the 1,497 passengers who completed               bars and restaurants ...............................96%         Guest Speakers are well received. However, we                                                                                                   For more information or to
     the questionnaires, 96% said they would             Friendliness of reception staff .................99%
     cruise with Swan Hellenic again so we look          Ship’s officers...........................................98%
                                                                                                                         realise it is never enough to rest on our laurels,                                                                                                make a reservation call
                                                                                                                         and are constantly listening and responding to
     forward to welcoming you aboard soon!               Swan Hellenic team onboard .................95%                                                                                                                                                                   01756 704704 or visit
                                                                                                                         your feedback to ensure your cruise experience
                                                                                                                         lives up to and exceeds expectations.

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