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Vasco da Gama (Cruise & Maritime Voyages) Review

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Vasco da Gama (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)
4.0 / 5.0
54 reviews

Pros
Compact ship with convivial, relaxing onboard atmosphere
Cons
Some features may not meet expectations of modern cruisers
Bottom Line
A classic cruise experience that remains relevant despite the ship's age

About

Passengers
1,220

Crew
International

Passenger to Crew

Launched
1992

Shore Excursions
617
Sails To
Australia & New Zealand, British Isles & Western Europe, Asia
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Roderick Eime
Cruise Critic Contributor

Vasco da Gama (Cruise & Maritime Voyages) Overview

This well-travelled, compact ship has created many happy memories for thousands of past passengers, so it will have nostalgic appeal for many cruisers. Since it was transferred from P&O Cruises in Australia, where the ship sailed as Pacific Eden, the new British owners have made a few tweaks. These changes include a smaller casino, no kids' clubs, 40 solo cabins and the renaming of most of the public venues.

Don't be put off by its age as all interior spaces and cabins have been refreshed over the years -- most recently in 2015 -- and kept in good nick. The ship does not boast the latest technology or entertainment but neither is it promoted as cutting edge. Vasco da Gama's distinct style is traditional and, as such, has much appeal for mature cruisers who are unimpressed by ‘bells and whistles' and appreciate good old-fashioned personal service and a quieter shipboard atmosphere.

Of the five vessels in the CMV fleet, Vasco da Gama is the most Australian-friendly, with AUD onboard currency when in local waters and AU/NZ 240V power outlets in tandem with EU 220V two-pin sockets. The ship alternates seasons with CMV's German partner in Europe, which is why passengers will see some pamphlets in both languages.

While CMV recognises the popularity of multigenerational cruising for Aussies and New Zealanders, Vasco da Gama has no dedicated facilities for under-18s, so if you are looking for a lively family experience, this is not the ship for you.

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Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Cabin accommodation
  • Dining, including afternoon tea and late-night snacks
  • Welcome and farewell Captain's cocktail parties on cruises of six nights or more
  • Self-service tea and coffee
  • Entertainment
  • Daytime activities program
  • Guest speakers and arts and crafts (on cruises of five nights or more)
  • Onboard luggage porterage
  • Port taxes

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers to the port of embarkation or airport
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Personal expenses such as alcohol, shopping, laundry and communications
  • Drinks packages
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Gratuities
  • Spa treatments
  • Medical centre visits or consultations
  • Wi-Fi
  • Photos and artwork

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Fellow Passengers

Fellow passengers will be outside the normal CMV demographic of mature cruisers during the Australian and New Zealand summer season. While not explicitly targeting a younger clientele, CMV is nevertheless reaching out to Australians who like group holidays so you can expect to see adult families travelling together, sometimes with children. If numbers are sufficient, CMV may arrange activities for kids.

The ship is also attractive to mid-life and first-time cruisers, as well as older passengers with walking aids and wheelchairs.


Vasco da Gama (Cruise & Maritime Voyages) Dress Code

Daytime: Casual clothes are suitable in all areas of the ship.

Evening: The daily program will advise the dinner dress code, although on most occasions smart casual attire is appropriate. Formal wear is requested for the Captain's cocktail party. There are no formal nights on cruises of less than five nights.

Not permitted: Jeans, singlets, T-shirts, thongs and shorts are not permitted in the main restaurants and bars at night. Swimwear is not permitted in the ship's indoor venues at any time.


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Vasco da Gama (Cruise & Maritime Voyages) Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.03.3
Dining4.03
Entertainment3.03.1
Public Rooms4.03.5
Fitness Recreation4.03.6
Family2.01.5
Enrichment3.52.5
Service4.03.1
Value For Money4.52.7

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Vasco da Gama (Cruise & Maritime Voyages) departs from Auckland, Fremantle, Tilbury, Tower Bridge, Tilbury, Canary Wharf, Sydney, Adelaide, Singapore, Bali, Tanah Ampo and Darwin

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Vasco da Gama (Cruise & Maritime Voyages) Member Reviews

Vasco da Gama (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)
123c45a
Sail Date: Feb 2020
However, we would be happy to sail on Vasco da Gama again.... Read More
Vasco da Gama (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)
sobirdie842
Sail Date: Dec 2019
Would I travel on the Vasco da Gama again, NOT IN YOUR LIFE, they would need to do a complete refurbishment and employ trained staff who can think outside what they've been told as no-one was overseeing... Read More
Vasco da Gama (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)
Tuna56
Sail Date: Dec 2019
Overall the cruise was what we expected for what we paid. It was good without being great and the welcome we received at the ports we visited helped us enjoy our short break on Vasco Da Gama.... Read More
Vasco da Gama (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)
trippingtraveller
Sail Date: Dec 2019
My main reason for choosing this cruise was to try out the Vasco da Gama on which I have formerly cruised as the P&O Pacific Eden and the Holland America Statendam.... Read More

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