Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has today welcomed the latest addition to its fleet, new ship Vasco da Gama, in Singapore. Vasco da Gama is CMV’s sixth ship and joins its fleet as the line celebrates ten years of operation. She will sail her maiden voyage from Singapore to London Tilbury on April 22.
The 55,820GT ship can accommodate 1,220 passengers in 620 cabins, including 120 balcony cabins and 29 suites. Vasco da Gama joins the CMV fleet alongside Columbus (1,400pax), Magellan (1,300pax), Marco Polo (800pax), Astor (600pax) and Astoria (550pax).
Named after the Portuguese explorer famed for being the first European to reach India by sea, Vasco da Gama follows in her namesake’s footsteps with a 43-night voyage that calls at Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cochin for tours to the Taj Mahal, Goa and Mumbai, Oman, Egypt, Jordan, the Suez Canal, Israel, a number of stops in the Mediterranean, Morocco and Portugal, before arriving in London Tilbury.
The ship will spend the summer cruising Europe and sails from London Tilbury on October 9 on a 53-night voyage to Australia, calling at Barbados, the Panama Canal, Acapulco, islands of the South Pacific, Auckland and concluding in Sydney, where she will cruise for the winter season.
The new ship offers a wider choice of restaurants and dining options. A first for CMV, Vasco da Gama will offer flexible dining and timings will not be restricted to specific sittings. Guests will be able to dine at any of three main restaurants between 17.30 and 20.30. One restaurant offers a classic menu with a twist of British cuisine and will be open for all three main meals. For dinner, the other restaurants offer a choice of styles, one Asian and the other Mediterranean. The Club Bistro will offer buffet style food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Passengers can choose to dine at ‘The Grill’ or the ‘Chef’s Table’ at a supplement.
Vasco da Gama was fully refurbished in 2015 and has had new livery painted and revised signage, as well as some technical work.