The beginning of 2018 brought the cruising world the news that Cruise & Maritime would be taking on P&O Cruises Australia’s vessel as their own.
The vessel that goes under the name Pacific Eden, will be re-branded Vasco da Gama after the famous Portuguese explorer and navigator.
The 55,877 gross tonne ship has nine passenger decks serviced by eight lifts and underwent a multi-million-dollar refurbishment in 2015.
In preparation for her maiden CMV voyage, she will undergo further upgrading and livery change.
-Hollywood’s: the fabulous two-tiered show lounge where you may enjoy ‘big show’ entertainment from our talented singers and dancers or one of our special guest acts
-The Dome Observatory with its panoramic seascapes, the perfect venue to relax and watch the world sail by or to chat with fellow passengers, and at night, this is the place to be to dance the night away
-The Blue Room, the perfect venue to enjoy some musical entertainment after another wonderful day ashore or a nightcap before taking that final stroll on deck and retiring to the comfort of your cabin.
-The three-decked atrium is the focal point of the ship offering a shopping galleria, Reception, Shore Excursions desk and photo gallery.
Guests will have a choice of five lounge bars, a pool bar and four entertainment venues each with its own individual style along with three main Waterfront Restaurants.
Waterfront Restaurant, Waterfront Mediterranean and Waterfront Eurasia are three venues where dining will be flexible and not fixed to specific sittings.
You are therefore free to dine where and when you want to aswell as having two delightful speciality restaurants to choose from: The Grill and Chef’s Table (supplements apply).
Alternatively, guests can enjoy more relaxed buffet style meals at the Club Bistro.
Entertainment options continue with a cinema, casino, Trumps & Aces bridge and card room, arts and crafts area, meeting room, ship’s library and children’s facilities.
Plus, there’s Cappuccino’s coffee shop and Gelato’s ice cream bar aswell as extensive deck areas and in keeping with her tradition, starboard and port side promenades with timber style decking.
Sports, Spa & Activities
There are two swimming pools with the main top deck pool benefitting from a retractable roof and a stylish setting, no matter the weather.
If you are feeling more active, you can team up for a game of tennis or basketball or be pampered at the well-appointed wellness centre with its beautiful spa amenities.
You can also make use of the hairdressing and beauty facilities, or work out in the well-equipped gym.
Comfortable cabin accommodation ranges from standard to deluxe with 80% enjoying an ocean view and there are no less than 149 balcony cabins and 28 more spacious suites which also benefit from having private balconies.
Vasco da Gama offers 21 categories of cabins and suites primarily graded according to size and deck position which will range from well-appointed inner and ocean view cabins to more spacious balcony cabins and suites.
There are 120 balcony cabins and 28 deluxe balcony suites plus an impressive Royal Penthouse suite and throughout your time on board, your cabin steward will ensure a high degree of service.
Guests will be pleased to know that all accommodation is air conditioned and equipped with ample hanging and storage space, a television, radio, telephone, hair dryer and personal safe.
Vasco da Gama’s maiden voyage will depart from Singapore on April 24th 2019 on a 46-night cruise visiting South East Asia; the Indian subcontinent; Egypt; Jordan; transiting the Suez Canal; Israel; and classical highlights of the Mediterranean before arriving in London Tilbury, Amsterdam and Bremerhaven.
What do you think of Vasco da Gama? Are you excited to see Cruise & Maritime’s take on the former P&O Australis ship? How do the waterfront restaurants sound to you? Leave us your comments below…
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