Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ (CMV) latest ship, Vasco da Gama, will sail from Singapore and London on its 44-night maiden journey next year.
Currently sailing as P&O Australia’s Pacific Eden, the ship will be renamed to Vasco da Gama when she joins CMV’s fleet. The ship will be dry docked in Singapore and given a refresh before its maiden voyage on April 23, 2019.
A 56,000 GRT ship, Vasco da Gama offers 630 cabins and is able to accommodate 1,200 passengers. Other facilities onboard include two pools, a wellness centre and spa, theatre, five bars and lounges, as well as six dining venues.
The ship will sail from Singapore to London, and London to Sydney in 2019, before launching its inaugural Australian cruise season. Passengers can choose from a range of options along the routes of up to 55 nights.
The ship’s 44-night Maiden Voyage from Singapore to London will include South-east Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Jordan, Egypt and pass through the Suez Canal. The cruise will continue to Israel and around the Mediterranean, finishing with Morocco and Portugal before docking in London. Guests wanting more can stay aboard and disembark in Amsterdam (Netherlands) or Bremerhaven (Germany).
Next, Vasco da Gama’s 53-night inaugural Southbound voyage will depart London on October 9, 2019, calling on 16 ports of call in countries such as Morocco, Barbados, Mexico and New Zealand before arriving in Sydney.
London to Sydney cruise-only fares start from A$6,899 (US$5,193) per person twin share for an inside cabin (53 nights), which includes up to A$2,200 free on-board credit per cabin – for bookings made up until July 31, 2018 – to allow guests to experience even more of the new ship. Singapore to London cruise-only fares start from AU$5,399 per person twin share (44 nights).
Vasco da Gama will be deployed and dedicated to both the German and Australasian cruise markets. During the European summer (May-October) the ship will operate under CMV’s German brand, TransOcean Kreuzfahrten, homeporting from both Bremerhaven and Kiel; and during the Australian summer season (December-March) will sail from Fremantle and Adelaide.
In addition, CMV has launched a ‘Sell & Set Sail’ promotion for travel agents. The winner and a friend will spend five nights aboard Vasco da Gama during its inaugural Australian Season in 2019/2020.
The agent who books the highest number of cabins on Vasco da Gama’s Maiden Voyages or Inaugural Southbound Voyages by June 30, 2018 will be selected.