Already the second 5-star ship for Cultural Expedition Cruises named at Helsinki Shipyard


The second of three Vega-class ships under construction in Helsinki for Swan Hellenic’s heritage brand was named at Helsinki Shipyard. The naming ceremony was held on Monday July 11 with Mrs. Patrizia Passalacqua as the godmother of the vessel. The event was attended by 100 invitees consisting of international cruise business and media representatives, along with Swan Hellenic CEO Andrea Zito and Helsinki Shipyard’s top management.

Swan Hellenic CEO Andrea Zito, Godmother Patrizia Passalacqua and Helsinki Shipyard BoD member Carl-Gustaf Rotkirch

The series of three stunning expedition cruise vessels have high ice class and they are made for high-end cruise experience in worldwide cruising area with strong bias for high latitude areas.

The vessels fulfill the latest requirements of environmental regulations. The today named SH Vega is completely self-sufficient for up to 40 days or 8,000 nautical miles. The vessels are equipped with exhaust gas cleaning, advanced treatment system for wastewater and storage facilities for waste that are required for operating in sensitive polar areas. The vessel is ready to implement battery technology, which would make it possible to operate also silently

After the naming ceremony SH Vega is heading to the maiden voyage to Tromsø and Svalbard. 

After the Naming Ceremony, Helsinki Shipyard Project Manager Jonas Packalén commented: “This is a proud day for us all. SH Vega is every bit as beautiful and elegant as her twin sister! We wish her and her crew fair winds and following seas, with special thanks to everyone involved in the project for their unstinting dedication!”

Swan Hellenic CEO Andrea Zito added: “I would like to congratulate everyone at Helsinki for their superb work in creating this wonderful new ship. We are delighted with the quality of their work, creating another unique presence on the waves, and very much look forward to taking her first guests to see what others don’t, exploring the Arctic in exceptional comfort and style.”


Gross tonnage – 10,600 GRT

Propulsion  – 4.6 MW

Length – 113 m

Beam – 20.2 m

Max. Draught  – 5.45 m

Cruising speed – 14.5 knots

Ice class – PC5

Number of passenger cabins – 76

Number of crew cabins – 73

Classification – Lloyd’s Register