(7.40 a.m. AEST) – Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) announced the arrival of the latest addition to their fleet, Vasco da Gama, in Singapore today. Vasco da Gama previously sailed as Pacific Eden for P&O Cruises Australia. Prior to this, the ship was known as Holland America Line's Statendam.
Vasco da Gama is the sixth ship to join the CMV fleet, joining Columbus, Magellan, Marco Polo, Astor and Astoria. Her maiden voyage sails from Singapore to London Tilbury on 22 April 2019.
Mike Hall, Head of Marketing CMV, said, “We are exceedingly happy to announce that at 7.48 p.m. Singapore local time we officially took delivery of our new ship Vasco da Gama. After the formal renaming ceremony, she officially entered the CMV fleet and we are delighted to welcome her into the CMV family.”
Vasco da Gama carries up to 1,200 passengers, more than twice the number of CMV’s Astor, which previously sailed in Australia. Following the explorer theme of the fleet, the ship is named after Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, famous for being the first European to reach India by sea.
Following in the footsteps of the famous explorer, her maiden voyage sails from Singapore via India to London Tilbury. The ship will spend the summer cruising in Europe and sail from London Tilbury on 9 October on a 53-night voyage to Australia calling in Barbados, the Panama Canal, Acapulco, the islands of the South Pacific, and Auckland before the journey concludes in Sydney, Australia, where she will cruise for the summer season.
The new ship offers a wider choice of restaurants and dining options, and includes flexible dining with no set sittings which is a first for the line. One restaurant offers a classic menu with a British twist and will be open for all three main meals. For dinner the other restaurants will 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, plus some technical work before joining CMV’s fleet. The ship has 630 cabins, including 120 superior and premium balcony cabins and 29 deluxe balcony suites, plus dedicated cabins for single travellers. Vasco da Gama’s inaugural Australasian season will coincide with CMV’s 10th year of operations in 2019.