Deepak Chopra Aboard SH Diana in New York as Swan Hellenic Announces 2 New “Explore & Restore” Cruises in Brazil

COURTESY Swan Hellenic: NYC, USA, 16 May 2024 – Swan Hellenic and Chopra respond to accelerating demand and sold-out cruises by launching two new exclusive “Explore & Restore” voyages set to sail the coast of Brazil.

Last year, Swan Hellenic took the cruise and well-being world by surprise with the announcement of its transformative “Explore & Restore” voyages in partnership with Chopra, the wellness lifestyle vertical founded by Deepak Chopra. In response to this enthusiastic reception, Swan Hellenic and Chopra have collaborated to create two additional exclusive cruises that explore new horizons and meet surging demand.

The announcement was made on Wednesday, May 15th aboard SH Diana in New York City, after Deepak Chopra MD led an intimate session for guests attending the “Inner Connection” cruise to Halifax, Canada. The two exclusive new “Explore & Restore” voyages will explore Brazil’s natural splendors and cultural hotspots this coming October and November, and will be available in Portuguese and Russian as well as English.

“Charms of the Brazilian Coastline” departs Salvador de Bahia on the 31st of October for a 5-day round-trip voyage, exploring laid-back beach paradise Itacaré, the wildlife wonderland of the Abrolhos Archipelago Marine Park, and mesmerizing car-free Morro de São Paulo. The price of this restorative well-being voyage starts from $2,480 per person, inclusive of the full Chopra Well-Being Package (two sharing but only one needing to opt for “Explore & Restore”).

Soul, Samba and Sea: Journey to the Heart of Brazil leaves Salvador on the 4th of November. Following the Brazilian coast over 6 nights all the way down to Rio de Janeiro, this inspiring voyage takes in Itacaré, Trancoso with its UNESCO-protected main square and sandy white beaches, the Abrolhos Archipelago Marine Park and then cosmopolitan Búzios, known as the St. Tropez of Brazil. Prices start from $3,780 per person, inclusive of the complete Chopra Well-being Package (two sharing but only one needing to opt for “Explore & Restore”).

The included activities and itinerary are created for inner-exploration both on board and ashore, and include daily yoga and meditation sessions, breathwork, group connection and post-excursion reflection, as well as self-discovery workshops, self-care practices and nourishing Ayurveda-inspired meals.

A key feature of “Explore & Restore” is that it unfolds in parallel with the Swan Hellenic cultural expedition cruise experience. This means guests can live different choices together. So wellness retreat fans can finally enjoy a vacation together with partners and friends that have quite different passions, knowing they will be equally thrilled by their Swan Hellenic experience.

The “Explore & Restore” program has been expertly designed to unveil each participant’s authentic self and ignite their path to purpose while traveling to the most captivating places on earth. Full details can be found in a special dedicated brochure and on the Swan Hellenic website.

Patrizia Iantorno, Chief Commercial Officer of Swan Hellenic, says: “These transformative cruises with Chopra have proven a fantastic success for those wanting to share an exceptional wellbeing retreat experience but also vacation contentedly with friends and family who have different interests. With these spectacular additions to meet astonishingly strong demand, they’re a wonderful expression of our commitment to deliver authentic experiences of inner and outer discovery worldwide.”

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About Chopra

Chopra is a leading integrative health company that is empowering personal transformation for millions of people globally to expand our collective wellbeing. Anchored by the life’s practice and research of Dr. Deepak Chopra, M.D., a pioneer in integrative medicine, Chopra’s signature programs have been proven to improve overall well-being through a focus on physical, mental and spiritual health. By providing tools, guidance, and community, Chopra aims to advance a culture of well-being and make a healthy, peaceful, and joyful life accessible to all. Download the Chopra app on iOS and Android, and follow them on Instagram @chopra.

About Swan Hellenic

Swan Hellenic was relaunched in July 2020 to proudly advance the spirit of cultural expedition cruising the company pioneered in the 1950s. Building on its British roots, the new company has a distinctly cosmopolitan culture dedicated to providing guests with global opportunities to see what others don’t.

Swan Hellenic’s purpose-built boutique ships feature elegant Scandi-design interiors, extensive outdoor spaces and dedicated expedition facilities. SH Minerva and SH Vega, two 5-star Polar Code PC 5 expedition cruise ships with ice-strengthened hulls, launched in December 2021 and July 2022. Both accommodate 152 guests in 76 spacious suites and staterooms, the majority with large balconies. A slightly larger PC 6 ice-class vessel, SH Diana, accommodating 192 guests in the same distinctive comfort and style in 96 staterooms and suites, was launched in April 2023.

While sharing the unique design features of her sister ships, SH Diana also introduces certain key enhancements, including a dedicated presentation and lecture theatre overlooking the lounge, and on-board Tender boats to take guests ashore in addition to and in greater comfort than the customary expedition Zodiacs. Like her siblings, SH Diana features a state-of-the-art gym, spa, panoramic sauna, club room and swimming pool with poolside grill.

All three ships feature three dining venues – the Swan Restaurant, Club Lounge and Pool Bar & Grill – and are built in full compliance with SOLAS Safe Return to Port requirements. Dedicated to guests with a passion for adventure and cultural exploration, the company’s meticulously planned itineraries explore the wild landscapes, wildlife, peoples and cultures of the world’s less travelled and most historic regions.

The crews each include a team of 12 seasoned expedition guides, expert speakers and lecturers, for a total complement of 120 and 140 persons respectively, offering outstanding staff-to-guest ratios to deliver the highest standards of attentive personal service.

Swan Hellenic’s cultural expedition cruises have always been distinguished by the company, guidance and expert lectures of famous explorers, seasoned expedition guides and leading authorities in their fields. Now, many of the cruises are also enriched by partnerships with unique organizations to bring very different experts on board in the same way, including JRE-Jeunes Restaurateurs, Chopra and the SETI Institute.

Maris Culinary Discovery at Sea brings a different JRE gourmet chef aboard each in a series of exclusive cruises which take guests on a parallel voyage of gastronomic discovery. Chopra Explore & Restore well-being voyages pair inward journeys with outward exploration, resulting in a deeply enriching, healing experience with impacts that last long after the voyage has concluded. While the SETI Explore Space at Sea Series brings a different world-renowned scientist from the SETI Institute aboard each cruise to provide guests with expert insights into the history and latest discoveries in astronomy, astrophysics, astrobiology and planetary science, as well as the quest to find other forms of life within and beyond our solar system.

On many cruises, guests can also participate in Swan Hellenic’s Citizen Science partnerships, contributing valuable data obtained during their expeditions and on board, reporting cloud data with NASA, recording whale sightings with Happywhale, monitoring phytoplankton with the Secchi Disk Study, and Antarctic seabird numbers with Stony Brook University.

Headquartered in Cyprus with offices in London, Dusseldorf, Monaco, Fort Lauderdale (serving the North American market), Hong Kong (serving Greater China, India and South-East Asia), Sydney (serving Australia-New Zealand) and Copenhagen (serving Scandinavia and Iceland), together with a partnership serving Japan, Swan Hellenic supports the travel trade with local specialist partners to provide customers with expert personal service worldwide.

Cover photo: SH Vega Antarctica, credit Swan Hellenic

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