Swan Hellenic announced that construction of its 3rd and largest cruise ship was proceeding at Helsinki Shipyard, with more than 50% of the vessel already assembled and all but 2 blocks delivered.
The UK-based company revealed her name – SH Diana – just in the classic Swan Hellenic tradition.
The stylish newbuild is a next-generation polar expedition ship, designed for worldwide cruising with a focus on high-latitude areas.
SH Diana will boast a 4,6-MW diesel-electric/hybrid-ready propulsion system featuring selective catalytic reduction and PC6 ice-strengthened hull (fully Safe Return to Port certified).
Though the largest in the Swan Hellenic fleet, the 125-m long, 12100 GRT expedition vessel has been specially designed for worldwide operations.
Providing 5-star accommodations for 192 passengers in 96 staterooms, the majority with large step-out balconies, SH Diana will be served by a team of 141 crew to provide exceptional personal service.
The onboard amenities include a library, panoramic sauna, spa and gym, swimming pool, expedition laboratory, and observation lounge for lectures by expedition leaders and leading experts from a range of disciplines. Gourmet cuisine, local food specialties, and healthy dining will be offered in the restaurant, pool bar, and club lounge, as well as through the complimentary 24-hour room service.
SH Diana builds on the facilities of her sisterships (SH Minerva and SH Vega), offering a Private Dining Room (for special occasions), a Multifunctional Room (next to the Observation Lounge), more suites, and two tenders as a comfortable alternative to the Zodiac boats. Expedition day trips are the central feature of the programs that will be offered, along with trekking, kayaking, and other activities.
Named after the Ancient Roman goddess of light, hunting, the moon, and the wilderness, SH Diana will take the cruise line back to its roots when she emerges in early 2023, exploring the Mediterranean.