This new addition to the CMV fleet was named Vasco da Gama after the great Portuguese explorer following a public vote. When it relaunches with its new name in April, it will take the CMV fleet to six and serve the German and Australasian cruise markets.
Vasco da Gama will offer a choice of three main Waterfront Restaurants -- Waterfront Restaurant, Waterfront Mediterranean and Waterfront Eurasia. The cruise line has described dining as 'flexible' and not restricted to specific sittings. In addition, there will be two specialty restaurants -- The Grill and Chef's Table, which will carry a supplement charge. There will also be buffet-style meals available at the Club Bistro.
The vessel will have 630 passenger cabins across 21 accommodation categories. They will be graded according to size, deck and deck position.
There will be 120 'superior' and 'premium' balcony cabins and 29 'deluxe' balcony suites. Most twin-bedded cabins will convert to double-bed cabins and a limited number will also have inter-connecting doors, making them ideal for families.
Cabin sizes will range from 16.32 sq. m for a standard inside cabin up to 101.73 sq.m for a Royal Penthouse Suite. The average cabin size will be 18.79 sq.m.
All cabins will be air-conditioned and equipped with a TV, radio, telephone, hairdryer and personal safe.
Eighty percent of the cabins will have an ocean view.
Top Deck Attractions
Entitled the Sports Deck, Vasco da Gama's top deck is designed with active cruisers in mind. There's a swimming pool at the centre, one of two aboard the ship, for those keen for a splash. Rainy weather won't even interfere with the swimming fun, thanks to a retractable roof over the main pool.
You'll find a running and walking track on one side of the pool and two sports courts on the other, catering to those keen for a game of tennis or basketball.
Guests can head inside The Dome on the other side to relax and watch the world sail by thanks to its panoramic views. At night, The Dome transforms into a nightclub.
There are five lounge bars and four entertainment venues aboard the vessel. In addition to The Dome, Hollywood's is a two-tiered show lounge where singers, dancers and special guest acts will keep guests entertained. Musical entertainment will also be served up at the Blue Room.
Guests will also have access to a casino, library, card room and shopping galleria to help them while away the hours at sea.
For entertainment of a different kind, head to the wellness centre. Here guests can make use of the spa facilities, get snipped and preened, or work up a sweat in the gym.
The vessels in the CMV fleet are child-free and therefore for the enjoyment of adult passengers only (16 years and above at the time of sailing), with the exception of specifically advertised multi-generational cruises.
From May to October, Vasco da Gama will operate under CMV's German brand, TransOcean Kreuzfahrten, homeporting from both Bremerhaven and Kiel.
During the Australian summer season, from December to March, it will sail from Fremantle (Perth) and Adelaide.
The 46-day maiden voyage departs Singapore on April 24, visiting South East Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Egypt, Jordan, a Suez Canal transit, Israel, the Mediterranean, the UK, Netherlands and Germany, ending in Bremerhaven.
Local itineraries include a range of domestic cruises as well as voyages to Indonesia.