MV Minerva

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Alexander von Humboldt Kreuzfahrtschiff.jpg
Minerva as Alexander von Humboldt at Kieler Hafen.
History
Name: MS Minerva
Operator: Swan Hellenic
Port of registry: Nassau,  Bahamas
In service: April 29, 1996
Identification: IMO number: 9144196
Status: In service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 12,892 GT[1]
Length: 436 ft (133 m)
Beam: 66.5 ft (20.3 m)
Draught: 18.9 ft (5.8 m)
Decks: 6 (passenger decks)
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Capacity: 350 passengers
Crew: 160


The Minerva is a cruise ship built in 1989, and originally intended as a Soviet research vessel, the Okean. The deal to purchase her fell through and she was purchased by Swan Hellenic (at the time a subsidiary of P&O Cruises) in 1996, and renamed Minerva. She is 436 feet long, has a beam of 65.6 feet and measures 12,500 GT.

She sailed with Swan Hellenic until her lease ran out in 2003.[clarification needed] She briefly sailed with Saga Cruises as the Saga Pearl, and was then chartered to Abercrombie & Kent as the Explorer II, making voyages to Antarctica and South America from December to April with up to 198 passengers.[2] From May to November, she sailed for the German-owned travel company Phoenix Reisen as the Alexander von Humboldt.

In July 2007 it was announced that the ship had been acquired by the relaunched Swan Hellenic line and the name would revert to Minerva. In early 2012, the Minerva received a multimillion pound, 83-day refit.[3][4]

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  • Ward, Douglas. Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships 2005-2007. Berlitz. 

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