Life on board

Eat, enjoy & socialise

The key to our cruises on the Göta Canal is simply pleasure. Switch off your mobile phone and enjoy the tranquility, the company of fellow passengers and the culinary experiences onboard.


Food on board

To us food and beverages on board are an as important part of the experience as the historic and geographic journey. Our well composed menus will take you on a culinary trip through Sweden, reflecting the surroundings that we pass through. When it is time for lunch and dinner, the beautiful dining room is elegantly set with linen tablecloths and fresh flowers. The wine list is carefully composed to harmonise with the menus.

Full board with a three-course dinner

After coming on board, we serve a “welcome aboard” coffee. The price of the trip includes full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner. When the gong sounds, it’s time to sit at the table for a two-course lunch or a three-course dinner. Coffee is served in the afternoon, usually on deck, weather permitting. When evening approaches, you can order something from the bar and relax in the lounge or on the bridge deck. Each morning we serve a delicious breakfast buffet in the dining room. One evening during the cruise we have the Captain´s Dinner, and if you are lucky you might have the pleasure of the captain´s company at your table. 

Menus 2019 (pdf):

Menu Mini Canal Cruise (2 days)
Menu Göta Canal Highlights (3 days)
Menu Classic Canal Cruise (4 days)
Grand Sweden Cruise (6 days)
Drinks menu

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Time for socialising

Many of our guests tell us that they have made friends for life on board our canal boats. There is no doubt that the conditions for this are very good. On our cruises there are usually 35-40 guests, which means that you will have plenty of time to get to know most of your fellow travelers during the trip. There are usually many long conversations while standing on the deck, watching the landscape passing by or during the meals served on board.

Activities during the trip

There are no “musts” on board a canal boat. You can choose to join the guided tours and activities on offer, or not. On hot summer days a dip in the cooling water of Lake Roxen or another lake might be just the thing. During the cruise we make stops in many picturesque villages and towns. You can for instance explore the special atmosphere in the old alleyways of Söderköping or Vadstena.

Explore the surroundings on your own

In addition to the organised excursions, there are opportunities for private explorations, such as going for a walk or a jog along the towpaths beside the canal. Those who want trips further afield can borrow one of the ship´s bicycles.


All cabins are all tastefully decorated with brass details and beautiful fabrics. The cabins are small, leaving an impression of how people once travelled. The size is actually comparable to a smaller sleeping compartment on a train. 

All cabins are on the outside

All cabins are on the outside and above the waterline. Most of them have bunk beds, but there are also a couple of cabins with a “Queen-size bed”. The cabins have a washbasin with hot and cold running water. No cabin has its own toilet or shower. There are shared toilet facilities and showers nearby the cabins on each deck (no shower on M/S Diana’s shelter deck). The cabins are located on three different decks. The cabins on shelter and bridge decks open onto the deck.

Treat yourself to a festive start of the cruise

Do you want to treat yourself to a festive start of the cruise? You should then book a cabin in category A (bridge deck) and you will be welcomed by champagne, fresh fruit and a bathrobe as you board.

The lounge

The lounge on board is always open to our guests. You can settle into one of the comfortable sofas for a while, perhaps to leaf through a book from the ship’s library, read a magazine or play some games. Here you will also find the ship’s small onboard souvenir shop, stocked with postcards, souvenirs and the like.

Lunch and dinner in the lounge

Sometimes we serve lunch and dinner in the lounge as well, especially on board the M/S Juno, as the dining room is smaller than on the other two ships. Also here we set the tables with lovely china plates and white linen tablecloths. Many of our guests prefer to have their meals in the lounge, as they can enjoy added privacy.

Information meetings in the lounge

The tour guide gathers everyone in the lounge for a daily information meeting. This is when you hear about the day’s events, about canal history and curiosities, about the stops ahead and the activities offered. Each canal boat has a crew of 10-12 persons, dedicated to giving you service and attention during the trip.

M/S Diana

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. Read more about M/S Diana

M/S Juno

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. Read more about M/S Juno

M/S Wilhelm Tham

M/S Wilhelm Tham was built at Motala Werkstad and was launched in 1912. She was listed in 2004 by the National Maritime Museums, considering her historically important. This distinction naturally makes us quite proud as it proves our efforts to preserve the ship have succeeded. Read more about M/S Wihelm Tham
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