The SH Vega is finishing its first yr in service for Swan Hellenic. After being delivered by the Helsinki Shipyard, the expedition ship sailed on its maiden voyage on July 20, 2022.
As the corporate’s second newbuild the SH Vega spent its inaugural season cruising in Northern Europe and the Arctic.
The ship’s inaugural voyage sailed from Northern Norway to the Svalbard archipelago. A ten-night itinerary, the expedition featured visits to Northwest Spitsbergen Nationwide Park, the Hinlopen Strait, Bear Island and extra.
The SH Vega additionally provided further sailings to Svalbard throughout its debut program, in addition to different expeditions to Iceland, Greenland and the Canadian Arctic.
A sister to the 2021-built SH Minerva, the SH Vega was designed to cruise in distant and polar areas, such because the Arctic and Antarctica.
In accordance with Swan Hellenic, the vessel’s mission additionally complies with the most recent emission requirements and permits for minimal environmental affect.
On the resort aspect, the ten,500-ton ship is alleged to supply “elegant and spacious lodging” for 152 friends, along with an array of facilities that embody a gymnasium, spa, sauna, panoramic restaurant and membership lounge serving world-class delicacies, in addition to a pool deck with a bar.
The SH Vega can also be outfitted with an expedition laboratory, a marine life library and an remark lounge for lectures by knowledgeable expedition leaders and specialists from a variety of disciplines.
At present providing its second season within the Arctic, the Vega vessel is scheduled to quickly transit the Northwest Passage for the primary time as a part of a 16-night expedition that sails from Greenland.
Later this yr, the ship makes its approach South for a winter program in Antarctica. Beginning in early November, the scheduled consists of sequence of expeditions to the Frozen Continent departing from Ushuaia.