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Swan Hellenic announces SH Diana floated out of dry dock and on schedule for Spring maiden season


Newest and largest ship in iconic cruise pioneer’s new fleet set for extraordinary Spring explorations of the Med

Swan Hellenic today announced that SH Diana, the newest and largest ship in its ultramodern 5-star fleet, was floated out of dry dock at Helsinki Shipyard this Monday 23rd January.

SH Diana’s fitting out is now already under way, leaving her comfortably on schedule for her maiden cruise, “Mysteries of Carthage and the Moors”, which will be leaving Palermo in Italy for Lisbon in Portugal on 15 April. Diana will then make her way up the West Atlantic seaboard of Europe for explorations of the Arctic.

Andrea Zito, CEO of Swan Hellenic Limited, said: „We are delighted with the construction progress and quality of SH Diana, a Polar Class PC6 vessel with state-of-the-art ship technology and sustainability that will enter service as planned in April. We look forward to welcoming our guests aboard her to experience our cultural expedition cruises with the first-time option of choosing between shore exploration by tender boat as well as expedition zodiac.

 Kim Salmi, CEO of Helsinki Shipyard, „With exemplary co-operation between our personnel, owners representatives and our multiple contractors and suppliers, SH Diana has reached maturity for this milestone and was floated out. Works will now continue with intense commissioning phase, preparing her for passengers in April.“

SH DIANA Fact Sheet


Exterior design:McFarlane ShipDesign
Interior Design:Tillberg Design of Sweden 
Builder: Helsinki Shipyard OY 
Year of build:                               December 2022


Class:Polar ice-class expedition ship (PC6)
Classification:Lloyds Register 


Capacity:192 guests and 141 staff 
Guest staterooms & suites:96 including 11 suites (80% with large panoramic balconies)
Crew staterooms:73 


Length:125 m 
Beam:23 m 
Max Draft:5.45 m 
Gross tonnage:12,100 GRT 


Engine Type:Hybrid Diesel Electric – 4x Medium speed
Propulsion:4.6 MW
Generators:690V/1760 kV 
Cruising speed:14.5 knots 
Maximum speed:15.5 knots 

Expedition Equipment

Expedition team:12
Zodiacs:15 (11 Mk 5 and 4 Mk 6)
Tender Boats:2 (48 guests each)


Notations:Polar Class PC6, Safe return to port (SRtP) 
Endurance:40 days / 8000 nautical miles 
Lifeboats:2 fully enclosed 

Text: PM Swan Hellenic / Helsinki Shipyard Oy