March 15, 1931, the Göta Canal Steamship Company’s new passenger and cargo ship, the M/S Diana was delivered from the Finnboda shipyard in Stockholm. She had been ordered in anticipation of a wave of Swedish-American guests during the Tercentenary Celebration and was designed to travel the Göta Canal between Gothenburg and Stockholm.
Named after the goddess of the hunt and chastity, the Diana was Sweden's last steamship in regular canal service. It was not until 1969 that her steam engine was replaced by a diesel motor.
In 1975 the Diana was rebuilt to its current profile. Twelve years later she sank at the quay in Trollhättan as a result of an unsuccessful attempt to pump her dry. Once raised, she was condemned, but the company decided on a complete renovation of the ship. It was decided to reduce the number of cabins and outfit other areas of the boat for meetings of various types. One result was that the dining room and the lounge were made into one large room.
The M/S Diana is the youngest of the company’s ships, built at the Finnboda shipyard outside Stockholm and launched in 1931. There are 25 cabins on three decks. The dining room and lounge are found on the shelter deck and the bridge deck offers a covered aft deck with a perfect view.
The Diana differs from the other ships with a dining room and lounge built as one room, making her highly suitable for meetings or conferences for up to approx. 50 people. She was also renovated in 2003. In 2012 all cabins on main deck were rebuilt, and the dining room and lounge were also completely refurbished. Her furnishings and atmosphere share the period style of the other ships.
The M/S Diana was listed in 2009, meaning that the National Maritime Museums consider her historically important. We are naturally quite proud of this distinction, as it provides proof that our efforts to preserve the ship have succeeded.
The bridge deck is the upper deck of the ship and offers a perfect view. On board the M/S Diana there is a total of nine cabins on this deck. The bridge deck also functions as a sun deck. Those who book a category A cabin will be welcomed by champagne, some fruit and a bathrobe as they board. On this deck there are two toilets - both are combined toilet and shower.
The shelter deck is the middle deck of the ship and this is also the deck where you come on board. On this deck there are six cabins. Here you will also find the dining room and the cosy lounge. There is a toilet close to the cabins.
The main deck is located downstairs of the ship and on this deck there is a total of 10 cabins. The cabins are fitted with twin beds, except for two cabins which have a 140-cm wide "Queen-size bed" - our "honeymoon cabins". There is also a 3-bed cabin. On the main deck there are four toilets - two of them are combined toilet and shower.
Because it is an old ship, no cabin has its own toilet or shower. There are shared toilet facilities on each deck. Showers are located on the main deck and the bridge deck. However, they are nearby and when the door is closed there is complete privacy. The toilets and showers are cleaned several times a day so they are fresh and clean for the next guest to use.
The cabins are tastefully decorated with beautiful fabrics and brass details. The size of the cabins is comparable to a smaller sleeping compartment on a train, but unlike the train, most guests are only in the cabin while sleeping. They are small and cosy, giving the guest an impression of how people once travelled. All cabins are on the outside and above the waterline and they have a washbasin with cold and hot water.
The M/S Diana has bunk beds in the cabins on shelter deck and bridge deck. The cabins on main deck are fitted with twin beds, except for two cabins which have a 140-cm wide "Queen-size bed" - our "honeymoon cabins".