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Cruises and Sailing

 March 05, 2002
Swan Hellenic's Minerva 2002-2003 Winter Discovery Cruise

 Swan Hellenic's 2002-2003 winter program of discovery cruises features new itineraries, ports of call and excursions, such as game spotting on the Serengeti Plains and snorkeling in the Maldives aboard Minerva, a ship accommodating around 300 guests and reminiscent of an English country house. Mombasa has been added as a new port of call for 2003, acting as a turnaround port for two new East African itineraries. To further entice travelers to make their plans early, Swan Hellenic is offering a savings of up to 30 percent if booking a winter cruise before May 31, 2002.

Swan Hellenic's first new cruise sails from March 1 - 15, 2003 exploring Sri Lanka, the Maldives, the Seychelles, Tanzania and Kenya. After visiting the Temple of the Tooth at Kandy in Sri Lanka, Minerva leaves Colombo and sails to the Maldives and idyllic Seychelles before berthing in Zanzibar, the exotic spice island featuring lush plantations and historic Stone Town. Passengers then go on to Mombasa for an optional safari in the Serengeti Plains and nearby Ngorongoro Crater - both world famous game-spotting sites. From March 14-29, 2003 Minerva sails from Mombasa to Lamu and Djibouti at the mouth of the Red Sea before visiting Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and Valley of the Kings at Luxor, Egypt.

Sampling of Minerva's Winter Wonderland of Discovery

Swan Hellenic's winter program begins with a cruise from Nov. 9-23, 2002, exploring Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan. Guests will have the chance to visit the vibrant city of Beirut, Byblos, the oldest city in the world, and the Pyramids at Cairo before transiting the Suez Canal to Safaga. Minerva berths at Aqaba for the remarkable 'rose-red' city of Petra. Guest Speakers include Egyptologist Nicole Douek, who has lectured at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the British Museum. She will be discussing ancient Egyptian civilization, religion, arts and crafts.

Minerva's Christmas cruise from Dec. 21, 2002 - Jan. 4, 2003, highlights West India, taking
travelers through the UAE, Oman, India and Sri Lanka. Passengers can experience Porbandar, Ghandi's birthplace, and Mumbai's colonial splendor as well as the former Portuguese colony of Goa, before ringing in the New Year in Kochi. There is also a chance to explore Kerala's famous backwaters before the cruise culminates in Colombo for a taste of Sri Lanka's tropical scenery and luxurious beaches.

Early Booking Discounts At a Glance

Swan Hellenic has set aside a number of cabins at selected grades from its Winter 2002/2003 Advance Program, with a savings of up to 30% for bookings made by May 31, 2002. The prices are quoted per person, based on double occupancy.*

Cruise/Holiday Number Date % Value Price if booking prior to May 31, 2002 Regular prices

Larnaca to Aqaba (629) Nov. 9-23, 2002
20% $3,796 $4,745
Aqaba round trip (630) Nov. 23-30, 2002
25% $1,641 $2,189
Aqaba to Dubai (631) Nov. 30-Dec. 14, 2002
25% $3,239 $4,319
Dubai to Colombo (632) Dec. 21-Jan. 4, 2003
25% $3,801 $5,069
Colombo to Singapore (Y301) Jan. 3-18, 2003
30% $3,189 $4,556
Singapore to Hong Kong (Y302) Jan. 17-Feb. 2, 2003
20% $4,489 $5,612
Hong Kong to Bangkok (Y303) Jan. 31-Feb. 15, 2003
20% $4,655 $5,819
Bangkok to Colombo (Y304) Feb. 14-March 1, 2003
30% $3,189 $4,556
Colombo to Mombasa (Y305) Feb. 28 - March 15, 2003
20% $4,046 $5,058
Mombasa to Aqaba (Y306) March 14-29, 2003
30% $3,133 $4,476
Aqaba to Valletta (Y307) March 29-April 12, 2003
25% $3,843 $5,124

Swan Hellenic: Featuring an Unparalleled Range of Destinations in Comfort and Style

Offering discovery cruises with an appealing mix of "must see" destinations with hidden treasures aboard Minerva, a ship reminiscent of an English country house and accommodating around 300 guests, Swan Hellenic features a choice of tailor-made excursions, designed to appeal to a range of interests and pleasures, led by experienced local guides. A team of captivating guest speakers accompanies each cruise, bringing each destination to life by introducing aspects such as history, local traditions, art, music and food. Every Swan Hellenic cruise features all-inclusive pricing covering airfare to/from London to Minerva, accommodations, meals, shore excursions, entrance fees, transfers and gratuities, both onboard and ashore.