STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – After an early morning breakfast, my daughter and I rolled our luggage from our hotel to board our ship, the Juno, docked on the waterfront at Stockholm’s Royal Palace.
From the hotel to the gangway took only about five minutes. It is so convenient to embark at Skeppsbron.
Greeted by the captain and crew, we were on board within three minutes. Our four-day cruise across Sweden, offered by the Gota Canal Company, promises to be quite an experience, and I believe it’s worthwhile for avid cruisers to consider it either as a stand-alone cruise, or an add-on cruise when cruising to/from Stockholm.
In other words, you could end your Baltic cruise on an ocean-liner, stay two nights in Stockholm, then cruise four days across Sweden to Goteborg. Once there, fly home from Goteborg or take the train back to Stockholm.
This morning we sailed at around 9 a.m. under cloudy skies, past Stockholm’s Old Town (Gamla Stan). Within 15 minutes, our guide, a retired journalist from Goteborg, announced: “Ladies and gentlemen, in a few minutes we will transit our first lock. After that, we have only 65 more to go.”
The traditional route between Gothenburg and Stockholm has been operated since the Gota Canal Company was founded in 1869. I’m looking forward to what is already proving to be a fun trip, and I will be covering each day of the cruise on Avid Cruiser.