The 350-passenger vessel now features new bathrooms in each cabin along with an additional 32 balconies, bringing the total amount of balcony suites to 23 per cent.
A new observation lounge and bar, the ‘Orpheus Lounge’, located on the top deck forward will offer passengers expansive views and live entertainment in a fully air conditioned and soundproof environment, while the ‘Shackleton Bar’ has been extended.
The library now offers 5,000 volumes, some written by past and present guest speakers along with a dedicated Internet lounge and WiFi available throughout the ship.
An all-new walk-round promenade deck has been developed and the fitness centre and spa relocated and upgraded.
“Minerva’s renovations mark a new chapter in the long history of Swan Hellenic and underline All Leisure Group plc’s commitment to the future of this popular ship, enabling it to remain at the forefront of cultural discovery for years to come,” Swan Hellenic managing director Colin Stone said.
“We took onboard feedback from our passengers to ensure the major refurbishments allow the ship to continue to appeal to our loyal customers but also hopefully appeal to those who are keen to try their first discovery cruise on an intimate ship.”
Externally, the tenders have been upgraded to offer passengers faster passage to shore and greater ease of access.
Minerva will sail on a series of spring voyages around the Canary Islands, Mediterranean and Black Seas along with the unique experience of porting in the centre of Seville following a voyage up the Guadalquivir River.