On 6 April 2022 Swan Hellenic announced that construction of its third and largest next-generation ship was proceeding smoothly at Helsinki Shipyard, with more than half the structure already assembled and all but two blocks now delivered.
The cruise company also announced that the ship, their third and largest bespoke expedition cruise ship, will be named SH Diana.
SH Diana is a next-generation polar expedition vessel, designed for worldwide cruising with a strong focus on high-latitude areas.
The new ship will feature a 4.6-megawatt diesel-electric hybrid-ready propulsion system with selective catalytic reduction and PC 6 ice-strengthened hull that is fully Safe Return to Port certified.
The largest ship in the Swan Hellenic fleet, the 125m long 12,100grt expedition vessel has been specially designed for worldwide cruising to explore the inaccessible places.
Providing panoramic 5-star accommodation for 192 guests in 96 spacious staterooms and suites, the vast majority with large balconies,
SH Diana will be operated by an onboard team of 141 to provide exceptional personal service.
Cutting edge hygiene technology will protect the health of all on board to the highest standards and includes air conditioning with UV sanitisation systems.
The on-board amenities include a swimming pool, spa, panoramic sauna, gym, library, expedition laboratory and observation lounge for lectures by seasoned expedition leaders and leading experts from a wide range of disciplines.
Gourmet cuisine, local specialities and healthy dining will be offered in the panoramic restaurant, club lounge and pool bar, as well as through full room service.
SH Diana offers a dedicated Multifunctional Room next to the Observation Lounge, a Private Dining Room for special occasions, more suites and has two tenders, which bring guests an alternative to Zodiacs for expedition landings.
Named after the Ancient Roman goddess of light, the moon, hunting and the wilderness, SH Diana will take Swan Hellenic back to its roots when she launches in early 2023, cruising the Mediterranean and its sites of antiquity.
About Swan Hellenic
Swan Hellenic was relaunched in July 2020 to continue the spirit of cultural expedition cruising the company pioneered in the 1950s.
Building on its British roots, the new company has a global cultural cruising outlook dedicated to providing guests with the opportunity to ‘see what others don’t’.
Swan Hellenic’s purpose-built ships feature elegant Scandi-design interiors, extensive outdoor spaces and dedicated expedition facilities.
SH Minerva and SH Vega, two new 5-star Polar Code PC 5 expedition cruise ships with ice-strengthened hulls, respectively launched in December 2021 and arriving in September 2022, each accommodate 152 guests in 76 spacious suites and staterooms, the majority with large balconies.
A slightly larger PC 6 ice-class vessel accommodating 192 guests in the same distinctive comfort and style in 96 staterooms and suites will be arriving in early 2023.