Swan Hellenic to name SH Diana in Amsterdam

Valerie Ann Wilson, founder of Valerie Wilson Travel, will serve as godmother for new ship

Swan Hellenic to name SH Diana in Amsterdam

Helsinki Shipyard

SH Diana is Swan Hellenic’s third expedition cruise ship

By Alex Smith |

Swan Hellenic its to name its third expedition cruise ship, SH Diana, at a ceremony in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 4 May.

SH Diana will be named by Valerie Ann Wilson, founder and CEO of Valerie Wilson Travel, whose career in the travel industry has spanned over 40 years. Also in attendance will be Swan Hellenic senior management, local dignitaries, the media and members of the cruise and travel industries.

Following the naming ceremony, Wilson will remain onboard as a VIP group host during the ship’s maiden cruise to Tromso, Norway, on 4 May. SH Diana will then call at Mandal, the southernmost town in Norway, and make its way up the Norwegian coast in a ‘Norway Explored’ itinerary.

The ship will then complete an Arctic season of seven expedition cruises, before returning to the Mediterranean.

“We're truly honoured to have Valerie as godmother to this very special new ship, considering her iconic status in the US travel industry and the importance of the US market for Swan Hellenic,” said Andrea Zito, CEO of Swan Hellenic. “SH Diana proudly takes us back to where our story began, while also opening a new chapter that takes cultural expedition cruising worldwide in exceptional comfort and style.”

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