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Author: Leo Van Ginderen collection
Location: (MT) Valletta
Date: 15/08/2012

Administrative data Technical data
name: Minerva
built: 1989
call sign: C6NP5
IMO: 9144196
flag: Bahamas
dimensions: 135.10 x 16.60 x 5.83 m
type: cruise
capacity: 382 passengers
160 crew
8 decks (6 guest)
speed: 16.00 kn

former name(s): new name(s):
Okean ('89-'96)
Minerva ('96-'03)
Saga Pearl ('03-'03)
Explorer II ('03-'04)
Saga Pearl ('04-'05)
Explorer II ('05-'05)
Alexander Von Humboldt ('05-'06)
Explorer II ('06-'06)
Alexander Von Humboldt ('06-'07)
Explorer II ('07-'08)
No known new names

We also have pictures of this vessel under the folowing name(s).

Extra info:
Originally intended as Soviet research vessel for Russian navy. After the hull was finished in 1989 Russian navy changed policy and decided not to finish the ship. Purchased by V-Ships in 1996 and converted to a cruiseship.

From 2003 Abercrombie & Kent and Saga Cruises jointly charter the ship for about 6 month a year each. In wintertime sailing for A&K as Explorer II. In summertime for Saga as Saga Pearl. After Saga acquired in 2004 the Berlin the charter agreement ended.

Saga was replaced by Phoenix Seereisen in summertime. In wintertime still on charter to Abercrombie & Kent sailing as Explorer II. In summertime as Alexander von Humboldt for Phoenix Seereisen.
Charter agreement ended on November 2007.

In January 2017, Swan Hellenic went into administration and cancelled cruises on Minerva
the Minerva was sold in 2017 and was set to be transformed into a private yacht. The project, however, appears to be abandoned as the vessel remains laid up.

Converted? This vessel was converted from naval vessel to cruise in the year 1996.
Museum? No
Scrapping? Not scrapped on 01/10/2021.
Casualty? No