Originally, the ship was going to Komodo Island, but this was cancelled and Lombok was one of the destinations instead. However, we were told before we took the cruise.
We had travelled on the ship before in 2006 when it was Holland America's 'Statendam' but we only found out after we had booked.
The ship looks totally different and the most outstanding feature for us were the three restaurants with different food and ambience and we could go to any one of these without additional cost. The food was very good and alcohol prices were reasonable compared with other cruise lines.
Our cabin was kept very clean. Plumbing is a problem on this ship. We encountered it on the ship in 2006 and it is still an issue today. However, when our toilet blocked as it did all those years ago, it was promptly fixed, The air conditioning couldn't be adjusted in the cabin and at times it was too hot at 26 degrees, but again , the crew worked on it promptly. Our cabin attendants were very friendly and helpful.
We had access to movies in our cabin but as they couldn't be wound back to the beginning, we didn't watch any. Also, we didn't go to shows, preferring our own company and our books.
Shore excursions were enjoyable and there was little delay in getting off the ship and onto the buses.
Shopping was rather woeful as the merchandise was generally unappealing for a bunch of older women.Nothing to buy for children, grandchildren or friends back home. The clothes offered for sale were not what larger , older women would wear either.
However, we would be happy to sail on Vasco da Gama again.
Our cabin was spacious and comfortable. There were plenty of drawers and adequate lighting.
Although we didn't use it, the bath was a good feature.
Our attendants keep the cabin very clean.