In March 2012 the ‘all new’ Minerva has returned to embark on an exciting new chapter in her distinguished history as a leading discovery cruise ship.

A visionary multi-million pound upgrade has created more balcony suites than ever and expansive new public areas, giving passengers all that they love about Minerva and much, much more..

  • 32 existing cabins have been extended with new balconies, creating a total of 44 balcony cabins (23% of passenger accommodation)
  • All 181 passenger cabin facilities have been updated with new en suite facilities
  • A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck
  • The Shackleton Bar has been extended into a horseshoe shape allowing passengers additional space
  • A new walk around promenade Deck has been laid at the top of the ship
  • The former cinema has been upgraded to an additional lounge, the Livingstone Lounge
  • The internet area has been relocated to the port side of the ship and now boasts a total of six terminals
  • A new Salon Centre and Gymnasium have been created at the aft end of Aegean Deck
  • The aft end of the new Sun Deck has been extended with teak decking to create an additional, sheltered outside space for relaxation
  • A new canopy around the pool area on Bridge Deck now provides protection from the sun and an enhanced space for dining alfresco and enjoying late evening entertainment




  • Main Dining Restaurant
  • Veranda Dining Room


  • Darwin Lounge / Lecture Hall
  • Wheeler Bar
  • Shackleton’s Bar
  • Cinema

Onboard Activities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Gymnasium
  • Sauna & Spa Services 
  • Beauty Salon
  • Library / Card Room 
  • Smoking Room
  • Boutique and Gift Shop
  • Photography Services

Ship facts

Ship Details
Gross Tonnage 12,449 Tonnes
Star Rating TBA
Size/Style of Ship Mid-Size
Entered Service 29/04/1996
Registry The Bahamas
Former Name N/A
Length 133.2 metres
Beam 20.1 metres
Draft 5.8 Metres
Propulsion/Propellers NA
Maximum Cruising Speed (knots) 14
Stabilizers Retractable fins
Passenger Capacity (twin) 350
Crew 160
Nationality of Officers British/European
Nationality of Crew Filipino/Ukrainian
Total Cabins TBA
Total Inside cabins  
Total Outside cabins  
Cabin/Suites with Balcony  
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins  
Passenger Decks 6
Cabin Electricity 110v
Elevators 2
Self-Service Laundry Yes
Onboard Currency (subject to change)