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SH Diana is floated out at Helsinki Shipyard

SH Diana, floated out today in Helsinki, is on course for its maiden voyage in spring
SH Diana has been floated out at Helsinki Shipyard with the vessel on schedule for a spring launch.

Outfitting of the Swan Hellenic expedition ship is in progress.

‘With exemplary cooperation between our personnel, owners, representatives and our multiple contractors and suppliers, SH Diana has reached maturity for this milestone and was floated out,’ said Kim Salmi, CEO, Helsinki Shipyard of the January 23 event. ‘Works will now continue with an intense commissioning phase, preparing her for passengers in April.’ 

A new feature for Swan Hellenic 

Swan Hellenic CEO, Andrea Zito said the line is ‘delighted’ with the progress of SH Diana’s construction, as well as the quality of the Polar Class 6 vessel. He added: ‘We look forward to welcoming our guests aboard to experience our cultural expedition cruises with the first-time option of choosing between shore exploration by tender boat, as well as expedition Zodiac.’ 

The vessel will have 15 Zodiacs and two tender boats.  

Maiden voyage 

On April 15, SH Diana’s maiden cruise, ‘Mysteries of Carthage and the Moors,’ is scheduled to leave Palermo, Italy for Lisbon, Portugal. The ship will then make its way up the West Atlantic seaboard of Europe for Arctic sailings.


The largest in Swan’s fleet, at 12,100gt, SH Diana measures 125mtrs and spans nine decks, and will be able to accommodate 192 passengers and 141 staff. 

Its exterior was designed by McFarlane ShipDesign, with interiors by Tillberg Design of Sweden.

It will have a cruising speed of 14.5 knots and a maximum speed of 15.5 knots using a 4.6MW diesel-electric hybrid-ready propulsion system.