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5 Things We Loved About Vasco da Gama

Last week, we were lucky enough to spend the day on board Cruise and Maritime’s latest ship, Vasco da Gama. Sailing from Australia and the Far East for the foreseeable future, she will grace our shores again next October, offering the chance for British guests to sail Downunder to visit family and friends or just enjoy a well-deserved break.

This mid-sized ship can hold 1,220 passengers at double occupancy and has many exciting features to enjoy. Here are just a few of the areas we loved during our time on board.

Club Bistro

Club Bistro

On most ships, the buffet restaurant is more functional than thrilling. However, Club Bistro has an atmosphere that was unlike that which you typically find in these dining venues. The décor is very bright and the food stations all look really fresh. We were told how guests are served by the crew members as they make their way around the various section, adding an extra level of indulgence and increasing food hygiene. There are also regular themed days when the options are focussed on a particular country or cuisine.

Jade Spa and Salon

Jade Spa and Salon

Vasco da Gama’s spa area is very extensive, offering a wide range of different spaces in which to relax and enjoy therapies. Many of the private treatment rooms have views out to sea and the gym is well-filled with state-of-the-art equipment. Some of the options available include a selection of unique treatments like seashell therapy and honey massage.

The Study

The Study

The Study is a quiet and peaceful part of the ship that looks perfect for a bit of reading, playing board games or simply sitting with a drink in hand whilst looking out to sea. The idea is that guests grab something to ready from the nearby library and then bring it here to enjoy it in one of the cosy chairs. There are sweeping sofas if groups want to sit together or high-back chairs if you’re alone.

Lido Deck Pool Area

Lido Pool Deck

There are two pool areas on board Vasco da Gama (the other is the Oasis Pool, aft of Navigator’s Deck), but the main area on Lido Deck is the ideal place to spend a day at sea. Not only is it spacious with good access to the bar and a small grill, but there’s also a retractable roof over the top. This means that the weather won’t dampen your spirits or cut your time in the pool short.

The Food


As eating is such a big part of the cruising experience, it’s important to know that the food on board your chosen ship is something to savour. We can certainly say this is the case with Vasco da Gama, having enjoyed a fantastic four-course meal with wine in the Waterfront Restaurant. Sometimes, the lunch served during these ship visits is either buffet style or a menu that features some of the more basic dishes available. However, this time we got to sample some of the fillet steak, chicken Caesar salad, and delicious Parma ham and avocado starter. It’s safe to say you’ll have plenty of mouth-watering options to choose from.

Bonus: Towel Animals

Towel Animal

Many cruise ship crews like to bring a bit of creativity and whimsy to the cabins by placing towel animals on the beds, chairs and wherever else they can. However, the crew on board Vasco da Gama had gone above and beyond to create some really imaginative creatures.

If you would like to learn more about our Vasco da Gama itineraries or you would like to book your Cruise and Maritime Voyages cruise on board a different ship, call us on 0800 035 0701 today.

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