The Göta Canal is one of the most fascinating canals in the world and one of the communication links between Stockholm and Gothenburg. The cruise through the heart of Sweden takes 4-6 days where you will make several cultural stops along the way.
Today Göta Canal is considered one of the 7 natural wonders of Sweden. Travelling onboard one of the historical ships is a unique experience and feels like journeying into another world.
Distances: The Göta Canal is 190 km long and most of it is dug out by hand. It runs from Sjötorp in the west to Mem in the east. Between 1810 and 1832 as many as 58 000 soldiers helped removing 300 000 cubic meters of rock and earth in order to create the three meter deep and approximately 14 meter wide canal. It was Baltzar von Platen who was the man behind Göta Canal, a naval officer and politician who believed it would boost trade and improve Sweden’s defense system.
M/S Juno: Built at the Motala shipyard and launched in 1874. Today she is the world’s oldest registered ship with overnight accommodation. M/S Juno has 29 cabins on three decks and sails on all 4-day cruises. All cabins are tastefully fitted with brass details and attractive textiles. They are small and cosy, giving an impression of how people once travelled.
Cabins: Cabin category B on board MS Juno is included when booking our Hotel Category 1. All cabins are on the outside and above the waterline with a window. The cabins open out onto the deck and are located on the middle deck (shelter deck) out of three decks.
The cabins are charming and tastefully decorated, but small! The cabins are fitted with bunk beds and are about the size of a sleeping compartment on a train. Please observe that the beds are 185 cm long. Some cabins are a bit longer than the length of the beds, allowing a bit more space. Should you prefer one of these cabins we ask you kindly to specify this at the time of booking.
The cabins are fitted with a washbasin with hot and cold water. None of the cabins have private facilities. However, showers and toilets are provided on all decks.
Please see add-ons for the additional costs for an upgrade to cabin category A.
Facilities: The ships are designed to fit the narrowest lock on the canal. All three Göta Canal ships have been listed, meaning that the National Maritime Museums consider them historically important.
The ships are furnished in a period style. Much has been done to preserve the right atmosphere on board, with furnishings that match the period spirit. The dining room and lounge are found on the middle deck and the upper deck offers a covered aft deck with a perfect view. In the dining room Swedish delicacies are served each day. The tables are made up with white table linen and crystal. There is also a small library and shop onboard.
The aim is to create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere; there is neither radio nor TV on board any of the ships. It is also recommend that you don’t use your mobile phone on board – there are plenty of opportunities for that when the ship lands. On bridge deck you will find comfortable chairs for relaxing and warm blankets to huddle up in on chilly evenings. Here you will also find a bar.
The atmosphere onboard is very personal; the ship only takes up to 50 guests per trip allowing the guests to get to know one another. There is up to 12 staff, including one guide, on each cruise providing first-class service to all guests. The guide speaks at least three languages; Swedish, English and German. Included in all cruises is your own cabin, full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner, excl. drinks), various excursions along the way and a guide onboard.
Hotel rooms in Scandinavia are generally furnished with twin beds, which can be moved together to form a double bed or placed separately (some hotels have double beds though). Unless otherwise specified all rooms have private bathroom facilities, which are often equipped with a shower instead of a bath. Please note that single rooms are generally smaller than doubles. Purpose-built triple or family rooms are likewise unusual in Scandinavian hotels. Whilst it is possible for 3 persons to share a room, this will normally be formed by a double room with an extra bed. As a result space may be restricted.
Unless otherwise clearly specified a standard room/cabin is included in the tour price.