Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has announced the arrival of the latest addition to their fleet, new ship Vasco da Gama in Singapore.Vasco da Gama is the sixth ship to join the CMV fleet as Britain’s leading independent cruise line celebrates 10 years in operation.Her maiden voyage sails from Singapore to London Tilbury on 22 April.
“Delighted to welcome her into the CMV family”
Mike Hall, head of marketing at CMV, said, ‘We are exceedingly happy to announce that at 19:48 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.’
At 55,820gt the new ship can accommodate 1,220 passengers in 630 cabins including 120 balcony cabins and 29 suites. Vasco da Gama joins the CMV fleet alongside Columbus (1,400pax), Magellan (1,300pax), Marco Polo (800pax), Astor (600pax) and Astoria (550pax).
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.
Vasco da Gama’s maiden voyage sails on a 43-night voyage (45 nights includes overnight flight and one night in Singapore) calling at Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cochin for tours to the Taj Mahal, Goa and Mumbai, Oman, Egypt, Jordan, the Suez Canal, Israel, highlights of the Mediterranean, Morocco and Portugal arriving in London Tilbury.
Highlights include the beaches of Malaysia and Thailand, the Taj Mahal in India, Petra in Jordan, shrines to pharaohs in Egypt, holy Israel, the eternal city of Rome and the souks in Marrakech. Vasco da Gama 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, islands of the South Pacific, Auckland concluding in Sydney, Australia, where she will cruise for the winter season.
The new ship offers a wider choice of restaurants and dining options. A first for CMV, Vasco da Gama will offer flexible dining and timings will not be restricted to specific sittings. Guests will be able to dine at any of three main restaurants between 17.30 and 20.30, one offering a classic menu with a twist of British cuisine 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 completed before joining CMV’s fleet.