While the decor has not changed in recent years, Vasco da Gama's cabins and suites are larger than those found on most newer ships in comparable classes. The 630 adequately appointed cabins across 21 categories are graded according to size and position, with 80 per cent having an ocean view. There are 40 cabins designated for sole occupancy, which is unusual for a mid-size cruise ship,.
Cabin sizes range from 16.32 sq. m for a standard inside cabin up to 101.73 sq.m in the case of a Royal Penthouse Suite. The average size is a very decent 18.79 sq. m and will provide ample storage for the majority of passengers' needs.
There are 120 superior and premium balcony cabins and 29 deluxe balcony suites including a sumptuous Royal Penthouse Suite. Most twin-bed cabins will convert to double bed cabins and more than 50 have interconnecting doors to cater for families and groups. A number of cabins are also adapted for disabled and limited mobility passengers.
All cabins are air-conditioned and equipped with a multi-channel flat-screen TV, telephone, hairdryer, 240V AU and EU sockets and a personal safe. There are fridges in suite and balcony cabins but not in interior and ocean-view cabins.
Interior: The entry-level cabins are those without any outside view, which is fine if you only go to your cabin to shower and sleep. Many of Vasco da Gama's inside cabins are larger than on comparable ships with some even having a living area with three-seater lounge. The size ranges from 13 sq. m to 21 sq. m. All interior cabins have an ensuite bathroom with shower only.
Oceanview: These cabins will have a window or porthole at least for some natural light and a view of the sea. The ensuite bathrooms in this category contain both a bath and shower. Sizes range from 16 to 24 sq. m. Many of the cabins on decks 4 and 5 have the option of a foldaway third or fourth berth. It is on Deck 6, the ship's promenade deck, where 36 cabins are interconnecting (18 sets of adjoining rooms) for families or groups, while some of its forward and aft cabins have an obstructed view due to the lifeboats stored outside. Being the promenade deck, other passengers will be walking past your window, but heavier curtains at night maintain your privacy.
Balcony: A balcony cabin has its own private veranda with table and chairs, and a whirlpool bath and shower in the bathroom. Located on decks 9 and 10, balcony cabins are 27 sq. m. The balcony itself is almost 6 sq. m. Balcony cabins are designed for two passenger, but have the option of a third berth; 16 of the balcony cabins are interconnecting (eight sets of adjoining rooms). Passengers in these cabins enjoy CMV's Level 1 benefits, which include priority embarkation, kettles with supplied tea and coffee, mini-bar (chargeable), wine, fruit and water on arrival, bathrobes and loan binoculars.
Suite: At nearly 54 sq. m, the large Deck 10 deluxe balcony suites are about twice the size of regular balcony cabins, with floor-to-ceiling windows. Suite balconies are larger still with enough space for a table and four chairs, plus two sun loungers. Ideal for families these suites will comfortably accommodate up to four passengers. The main living area has a convertible sofa and table. There is also a walk-in wardrobe and dressing room with table, chair and mirror, and ample storage for up to four passengers. Passengers in these suites enjoy the Level 1 benefits as balcony cabins as well as complimentary laundry, daily pre-dinner canapes and free use of the ship's DVD library. The bathroom has a bathtub with shower over it.
Royal Penthouse Suite: There is only one, on Deck 10, with the same features as other suites plus extra Level 3 benefits such as complimentary pressing, laundry and guaranteed dinner sitting. The penthouse is more than double the size of a regular suite, spreading out across 118 sq. m. There's even a second bathroom (with spa bath), a larger walk-in wardrobe, dressing area and dining room. The balcony is the same size as the suites, but with upgraded furniture.
Modified Accessible: If you have mobility issues, it is worth noting that ocean-view, balcony cabins and suites have the shower over a bathtub, with numerous grab rails but a high step in and out of the bath. The ship has two modified accessible balcony cabins on Deck 6 aft (6183 and 6182) that have a shower only. On Deck 4 there are four ocean-view (porthole) twin-share wheelchair-accessible rooms offering wider doorways, no thresholds into the bathroom and more handrails. If you do not require a wheelchair-accessible room but have concerns about the high bathtub, you could opt for an inside cabin with a shower.