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An Iceland Quest

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My wife and I have recently returned from a magnificent cruise with Swan Hellenic on Minerva. Sailing from Portsmouth, ( our first time from this port). The embarkation process was very straight forward. Swan have their desk in the ferry terminal, after registering a short wait saw us go through security and the a short shuttle bus ride to the ship. Greated by the captain at the gangway we were soon in our cabin.After a very nice lunch in the Swan Restaurant, we returned to our cabin to recieve our luggage, which had been delivered. After all the usual formalities we were underway sailing through the historic dockyard and past HMS Victory and Warrior.


Minerva is a small ship with just over 300 passengers, very well appointed and beautifully maintained. If you are looking for spectacular entertainment and constant food this is not the ship for you. Minerva offers expert lectures around the cruise itinerary, art and craft classes. Entertainment comprised a band, violinist and pianist ( both excellent) and an opera quartet.


Our first port of call was Douglas Isle of Man, where we took an excellent excursion on the electric tram and railway. Two days at sea heading for Iceland was next, but, the captain made a slight detour to visit the deserted island of St. Kilda ( now owned by NT Scotland and MOD). What a spectacular site this was under a very blue sky and calm waters.

On to Iceland and four very interesting ports of call that enabled us to see Icelands beauty and ruggedness together with the volcanic and geothermal sites.

Continueing to Faroe Islands to visit Torshavn and the turf roofed houses. Our final call was to Lewick in the Shetland Isles.During our two day sail back to Portsmouth, the captain again went out of his way to add a little extra by sailing around Bass Rock where the worlds largest gannet population is resident. This was quite a site especially for anyone interested in birdlife as I am.

Back in Portsmouth, disembarkation went without a hitch and we were off the ship by 8-45 and heading for home.

This was a tuely magnificent cruise on a small ship and we were so taken we booked another cruise onboard for next year. Truly converted to small ship cruising.









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