On 4 May 2023 the naming ceremony of its third ice-class cultural expedition cruise ship, SH Diana, took place in Amsterdam. The ship then set sail for Arctic following the ceremony celebrations
The cultural expedition cruise pioneer’s third purpose-designed expedition cruise ship is now on her way to Tromsø for an 11-day cruise of fjord exploration that opens her Arctic season before she voyages worldwide.
The purpose-designed new vessel was named by luxury travel icon Valerie Ann Wilson, founder and CEO of Valerie Wilson Travel, in the presence of Swan Hellenic Senior Management, local dignitaries, VIP guests, the media and members of the cruise and travel industries from around the world.
The celebration Gala Dinner which followed on board also marked the official launch of Maris, a new partnership with JRE-Jeunes Restaurateurs, which offers Swan Hellenic guests a unique dining experience.
SH Diana is the third in a series of three high ice-class, cultural expedition cruise vessels made for premium discovery experiences worldwide, with a bias for extreme latitude areas.
Featuring a 4.6-megawatt diesel-electric propulsion system with selective catalytic reduction and a PC6 ice-strengthened hull, she is fitted with extra- large stabilisers for exceptional passenger comfort.
At 125 m long, the 12,100-ton vessel has been specially designed to explore the most inspiring and inaccessible places on the planet.
Complying with the latest environmental regulations, SH Diana is completely self-sufficient for up to 40 days or 8,000 nautical miles, and equipped with exhaust gas cleaning, advanced wastewater treatment systems and the waste storage facilities required for operating in sensitive polar areas.
Moreover, preparations have been made to implement zero-emission battery technology, which would also make it possible to operate silently in port, marine reserves and other sensitive natural areas.