Designed and constructed in Finland and completed in July 2022, just after sister ship Minerva, Swan Hellenic’s Vega is a new-generation expedition cruise ship. Although at 10,500 tons the ship is large enough to accommodate more than 250 passengers, Vega accommodates a maximum of 152 guests in 76 spacious staterooms and balcony suites. The low guest density results in one of the most generous indoor and outdoor space-to-guest ratios among cruise ships.
Vega has been designed to meet the stringent requirements of the new Polar Code for ships navigating in Polar regions. Its high PC5 Category A ice-strengthened hull and other technical and mechanical features allow the ship to cruise the world’s remote regions in safety and utmost comfort. Technologically advanced hybrid engines and a system of powerful batteries make it possible for the ship to cruise in ecologically sensitive areas, leaving minimal footprint, while a computer-controlled Dynamic Positioning System allows the ship to maintain position without anchoring, thus protecting delicate ocean floors. Operated by a complement of 120 experienced European officers and international crew members, Vega carries a fleet of 18 Zodiacs (versatile landing boats), kayaks, and a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that will reveal marine life in the deep. Powerful stabilizers provide a smooth ride.
All accommodations aboard Vega are spacious staterooms and balcony suites. They are elegantly decorated, face outside, affording seascapes, and include a queen-size bed that can be arranged as two twin beds, a luxurious spacious bathroom, mini-refrigerator, safe, ample closet space, climate control, telephone, TV, Wi-Fi and USB connections as well as other amenities.
Public areas include a spacious observation lounge that is equipped with state-of- the-art facilities for lectures and presentations; a club lounge; a restaurant that accommodates all guests at one seating; an outdoor café/bar that surrounds the heated swimming pool; a wellness area with gym, spa and sauna that includes an adjoining outdoor jacuzzi; library; beauty salon; a mud room with lockers for storing expedition gear; and an infirmary that is attended by a full-time doctor. The ship also features expansive open-deck areas. Two elevators connect all decks. Attentive service is provided on a 24-hour basis.
Launched: July 2022
Length: 337 ft (115 m)
Draft: 18 ft (5.5 m)
Breadth: 75 ft (23 m)
Cruising Speed: 15.5 knots
Lifeboats: 2 fully enclosed
Propulsion: Diesel-electric engines, 4x medium speed
Ice Class: Polar code Category A, PC5 ice-strengthened hull
Dynamic Positioning System: Yes