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Vasco da Gama (Cruise & Maritime Voyages) Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Good introduction to cruising

Vasco da Gama (Cruise & Maritime Voyages) Cruise Review by familycruiser3X

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2019
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand

We wanted to try cruising around Tassie instead of sailing on Spirit of Tasmania.

overall, we made the most of the time we had both on board and at port. Majority of the ship was above age of 60, with only 5 children under 15 on board.

We didn't do shore excursions, instead utilised trams and maps with walking.


The ship was easy to navigate around after the first day. I helped some of the older cruisers at times with locations.

Inside cabin was easy to get around with plenty of hanging and storage space.

Showers had temperature control, which is great.

Cabin crew were helpful when we asked for anything.

Yasmin, the children's activity organiser was wonderful!


Like many reviews, there has been minimal upgrades to cabins and ship.

Cabin aircon was fidgety, but it seemed to work.

We were disappointed with the quality of most food. Seemed at budget level. Overall we didn't go hungry and made the most of it. Making our own combinations was fun. We weren't fond of most available desserts.

Personal opinion, I didn't like having my room serviced every day, we cleaned up and requested towels when we needed. Cabin crew didn't cope with that! I told them what we were wanting for day to day maintenance, but they either didn't understand, forgot, or insisted.

We found most of the crew had a hard time understanding and speaking English. Particularly while ordering meals.

We won't sail with them again.

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We used trams and online Melbourne tram information.

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