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Firstly, the good points, we found the cabin to be clean and comfortable. The bed was fine! Food at Waterfront was excellent with both food & drink staff being friendly and offering great service. Entertainment was very good, though people complained there was no headline acts, we enjoyed the shows and attended every one of them. Bars and common areas are all very nice and you can see the work put in to the updates. Now for the bad points. The ship tendered at 2 ports - it took us 2 1/2 hours to get off at the first port of call and then 3 1/2 hours at the next. The crew manning the tender boats were helpful and friendly but the Captain launched 4 tender vessels operating from one point and it was slow! Imagine them trying a full-scale evacuation with those boats! When we booked our cruise, CMV had an "adults only" fleet, with Vasco, they allow children and have the rear pool as an adults-only pool. Trouble is, the rear pool was roped off for the entire journey. The central pool was usually occupied by a group of children who unfortunately were not supervised by their parents and annoyed adult passengers. There's also a problem with the toilet system, some cabins were flooded and others had their toilets blocked. It seems as if this is major problem and the engineers need to sort it out. Bottomline is don't cruise on this ship if there are ports where you tender - we won't!

Tendering let it down

Vasco da Gama (Cruise & Maritime Voyages) Cruise Review by Crocodile Echuca

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Firstly, the good points, we found the cabin to be clean and comfortable. The bed was fine!

Food at Waterfront was excellent with both food & drink staff being friendly and offering great service.

Entertainment was very good, though people complained there was no headline acts, we enjoyed the shows and attended every one of them.

Bars and common areas are all very nice and you can see the work put in to the updates.

Now for the bad points. The ship tendered at 2 ports - it took us 2 1/2 hours to get off at the first port of call and then 3 1/2 hours at the next. The crew manning the tender boats were helpful and friendly but the Captain launched 4 tender vessels operating from one point and it was slow! Imagine them trying a full-scale evacuation with those boats!

When we booked our cruise, CMV had an "adults only" fleet, with Vasco, they allow children and have the rear pool as an adults-only pool. Trouble is, the rear pool was roped off for the entire journey. The central pool was usually occupied by a group of children who unfortunately were not supervised by their parents and annoyed adult passengers.

There's also a problem with the toilet system, some cabins were flooded and others had their toilets blocked. It seems as if this is major problem and the engineers need to sort it out.

Bottomline is don't cruise on this ship if there are ports where you tender - we won't!
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A comfortable cabin with King bed.