Swan Hellenic has unveiled its 2025 cruises on its boutique ice-class ships SH Diana and SH Vega, offering 60 curated itineraries worldwide.
However, building on its Polar, West Africa and Latin America voyages, the big development for 2025 are an Amazon River exploration odyssey in Brazil and two original new cruises of the Mediterranean.
According to a news release, the new Mediterranean cruises explore some of the “most inspiring sites of ancient and medieval culture,” many with UNESCO World Heritage status, the company says.
Most of these can only be accessed by smaller ships such as SH Diana, which will bring guests to the heart of Venice.
The first is the 10-night “Contrasts of Mediterranean Culture” aboard SH Diana.
Departing Palermo for Venice on Aug. 20, 2025, its imaginative itinerary follows almost the entire length of the Sicilian, Montenegrin and Croatian coasts.
Exploring Lipari, Giardini Naxos and Taormina, Gallipoli, Monopoli, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Split, Hvar and Rovinj, guests will be immersed in the landscapes, cultures and histories of the many peoples who have settled these shores over the millennia.
“Exploring South America from Barbados to Brazil” on SH Vega, meanwhile, follows a 19-night itinerary.
Sailing from Bridgetown on Oct. 12, 2025 in the Caribbean down to Salvador de Bahia, this voyage takes in many of South America’s most famous but also undiscovered and inaccessible cultural and natural wonders.
From Port of Spain, Georgetown, Paramaribo, Îles du Salut, Belém, the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Fortaleza and Recife.
However, the highlight of this cruise lies in a four-day detour up the Amazon River to Macapa, Iquiqui and Gurupa in the heart of the jungle, returning through the otherworldly Breves Narrows, upriver from Belém in the Thousand Islands region.
“We’re delighted with the itineraries our specialists have curated for 2025,” said Patrizia Iantorno, chief commercial officer at Swan Hellenic. “They not only build on our pioneering 2023 and 2024 cultural expedition cruises, but also bring entirely new opportunities for curious minds to expand their horizons in 2025.”