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Göta Canal Cruises

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ABOVE: Opening a lock by hand on Sweden's Göta Canal.

Gota Canal boat photoSweden's Göta Canal has connected the cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg since 1832. The canal remains popular with recreational boaters, but if you'd rather be a cruiser than a captain, you're in luck: the Göta Canal Steamship Company offers two- to six-day cruises aboard three vintage ships: the Juno (launched in 1874), Wilhelm Tham (1912), and Diana (1931).

Cabins are small, with toilets and showers down the corridor, but don't let that discourage you: You can always book a suite in a five-star hotel at either end of your cruise for stretching out and drip-drying your laundry.

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Göta Canal Steamship Company

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