The latest addition to the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet, the 55,877 gross tonne Vasco da Gama, has set sail on its maiden voyage from Singapore.
The 1,220-passenger cruise ship joined the fleet on 03 April 2019 and underwent refurbishment work before undertaking her first cruise with Cruise & Maritime Voyages.
Vasco da Gama set sail from Singapore on her maiden voyage on 23 April, a 44-night cruise, with guests flying out from the UK the night before to join the vessel. The vessel will arrive in London Tilbury on 06 June. The cruise will visit 20 ports of call in some 14 countries.
Following her arrival to London Tilbury, the ship will sail to Amsterdam and Bremerhaven, where Vasco da Gama will commence her maiden summer season under CMV’s German brand, Transocean Kreuzfahrten, sailing from Bremerhaven and Kiel.
In October 2019, Vasco da Gama will reposition to the Antipodes with a 5- night southbound voyage from London Tilbury to Sydney (49 nights to Auckland), via the Panama Canal, arriving on 01 December.
The vessel is the sixth ship in the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet, joining Marco Polo, Columbus, Astoria, Astor and Magellan.
Vasco da Gama was originally launched in 1994 and sailed as Statendam as part of the Holland America Line fleet. The ship was most recently operated by P&O Cruises Australia and underwent and extensive multi-million pound refurbishment in 2015.
The ship features no less than five lounges and bars, three main dining rooms, speciality restaurants, two swimming pools, including one with a retractable roof, four entertainment venues, including a two-tiered theatre, a casino, library and card room, shopping galleries, sports courts, gym and spa. 80% of the ship’s 630 cabins feature ocean views, with 149 balcony suites and 100 cabins especially for single cruisers.