Earlier this month it was announced that Cruise & Maritime Voyages had acquired Pacific Eden from P&O Cruises Australia. Cruise & Maritime Voyages then invited its valued Columbus Club members and trade partners to vote and participate in the re-naming of the vessel.
The choices were Pytheas, Vasco da Gama, Henry Hudson and Amerigo Vespucci, each fitting with the other explorer themed names currently used by ships in the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet.
The competition has now closed and it was announced today by Cruise & Maritime Voyages that the new ship will be named Vasco da Gama, after the famous Portuguese explorer and navigator.
Christian Verhounig, CEO & Chairman, CMV Holdings, said: “We are grateful to all those who took the time and trouble to vote. From the thousands received, the winner is Vasco da Gama with 46% of the total vote.”
The newest addition to the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet will be deployed and dedicated to the German and Australasian cruise markets.
During the northern summer, between May and October the ship will be operated under the cruise line’s German brand, Transocean Kreuzfahrten and will home port from Bremerhaven and Kiel. In the Australia summer season between December and March the ship will cruise from Fremantle and Adelaide.
The maiden voyage of Vasco da Gama will depart from Singapore on 24 April 2019. The 46-night cruise will visit South East Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Egypt, the Suez Canal, Israel, the Mediterranean before arriving into London Tilbury, Amsterdam and Bremerhaven.
Further details on the maiden voyage will be released in May 2018.