M/S Juno

The "Grand Old Lady" of the Göta Canal

M/S Juno is the world’s oldest registered cruising ship, built at the Motala shipyard and launched in 1874. The ship has got 29 cabins on three decks. The dining room with a lounge is found on the middle deck (shelter deck) and the upper deck (bridge deck) offers a covered aft deck with a perfect view.

M/S Juno is the world’s oldest registered ship with overnight accommodation, built at the Motala shipyard and launched in 1874.

The latest face-lift came in 2003 with renovated cabins, dining room and lounge. All three boats have been furnished in a period style and we work continuously on the careful preservation of the beauty and soul of our ships to keep an authentic onboard atmosphere for our guests.

The M/S Juno was listed by the National Maritime Museum in 2004 meaning that they consider her historically important. We are very proud of this distinction, as it provides proof that our efforts to preserve the ship have succeeded.


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 Juno has bunk beds in all double cabins with one exception, a Honeymoon cabin. This cabin has a 120-cm wide Queen sized bed and is situated on main deck. On the shelter deck and bridge deck, the cabins open onto the deck.

Category A - Bridge deck 

The upper deck of the ship is bridge deck which offers a perfect view. On board the M/S Juno there are a total of six cabins on this deck. The bridge deck also functions as sun deck. Those who book a cabin in category A will be welcomed by champagne, fruit and a bathrobe. On this deck there is also a toilet and a shower.

Category B - Shelter deck

The middle deck of the ship is the shelter deck and this is also the deck where you come on board.  There are eight cabins on this deck. Here you will also find the dining room and a cosy lounge. There are two toilets on the shelter deck - one of them is with combined with a shower.

Category C - Main deck

Main deck is located one staircase down in the ship and on this deck there is a total of 15 cabins. One of the cabins is our Honeymoon cabin. On main deck there are four toilets and two showers.

Toilets & Showers

Because it is an old ship, no cabin has its own toilet or shower. However, there are shared toilet and shower facilities on each deck, so they are nearby. The toilets and showers are cleaned several times a day so they are fresh and clean for the next guest to use.

Ship facts

Since 2001 M/S Juno belongs to Strömma Turism & Sjöfart after their acquisition of the shipping company Astrea.

  • Built: 1874
  • Registration no: 1840
  • Signal letters: SFCD
  • Shipyard: Motala
  • Speed: 9 knots
  • Engine: 600 hp
  • Gross tonnage: 254
  • Length: 31.45 m
  • Beam: 6.68 m
  • Draught: 2.72 m
  • No. of cabins: 29
  • Wheelchair accessible: No


M/S Juno is the world's oldest registered ship with overnight accommodation, built at the Motala shipyard and launched in 1874. M/S Juno’s maiden voyage was in 1874. Originally she was to be named "Darwin" in honor of the British scientist, but after objection by certain shareholders, a compromise was reached with the name “Juno” - the goddess of marriage and motherhood. Many of the company’s other ships have been named after gods after that. 

The ship was painted black with a white line around the deck and the portholes were square at first. The Juno had the long, thin funnel, typical at the time. She also had one single passenger cabin on the upper deck.

The boat was thoroughly rebuilt at Motala Werkstad in 1904 and in 1956 her steam engine was replaced by two diesel engines. Her current appearance dates back to 1963.

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Company History

The company was founded on February 27 1869, under the name Ångfartygsaktiebolaget Motala Ström. Since January 2001 Rederi AB Göta Kanal is a part of Strömma Group.