Another Way To Arrive or Depart Stockholm: Cruising The Gota Canal, Plus Cruise Buzz & More

Gamla Stan, Stockholm
Sailing past Gamla Stan, Stockholm's Old Town, as we begin our cruise across Sweden on the Gota Canal. © Ralph Grizzle

Surviving Winter In Stockholm In June

Lucky us. This past weekend in Stockholm inspired the following headline on one website: Stockholm Braves Coldest June Weather In 84 Years.

We were there, so we knew it was cold, but we were surprised to learn that June 2 was colder in Stockholm than it was on Christmas Eve.

What’s going on? Despite the chill, my daughter and I survived, and this morning we said a sad good-bye to this wonderful Nordic city. We left loving Stockholm as it began to thaw.

Our Gota Canal Cruise Begins

After an early morning breakfast at Radisson Blu Strand Hotel, we rolled our luggage for about five minutes to our ship, Juno, docked on the waterfront at Stockholm’s Royal Palace.

Greeted by the captain and crew, we were on board within three minutes. Our four-day cruise across Sweden promises to be quite an experience, and I’ll be reporting on it each day when I have sufficient internet access.

This morning we sailed away 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. Stay tuned.

Cruise Buzz

While I’m cinching up my winter jacket, our social hostess has been busy covering the cruise buzz. Some of her findings this week:

  • What a show at the Port of Southampton! Despite a little rain, the show did indeed go on as planned by Cunard Line. The Three Queens Jubilee Celebration was a social media success story.
  • Sailing onboard the new Carnival Breeze and generating a lot of buzz is Janell, a Season 9 American Idol contestant who is on her first cruise. See the Cruise Buzz Social page for more on these stories.
  • Making waves in the social-media-soup is Dubrovnik, the popular cruise destination and UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the Adriatic Sea in Croatia. Check it out here.

Lost at Sea?

Avid Cruiser contributor Geoff Edwards continues his journey on Crystal Serenity. Join him today in Grand Cayman.

That’s it for now. We’ll be back later with more from our voyage across Sweden – and a hot coffee or two.


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