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2019 Maiden Voyage

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46 days from £6999 FREE
Departing: April 2019
* Price shown: 22 April 2019 from -
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NEW SEASON OFFER - BUY ONE GET ONE FREE UNTIL 31st OCT!*

A six-week dream cruise

Fly out to join Vasco da Gama in glittering Singapore as she begins her Maiden Voyage under her new flag home to Tilbury. Discover island idylls Penang and Phuket, Sri Lankan capital Colombo and a trio of Indian ports, before heading across the Arabian Sea. See the astonishing ancient remains of Luxor and Petra on optional excursions, and visit historic cities and enchanting Mediterranean islands as Vasco da Gama carries you back to the UK in comfort and style.

Discover life on board Vasco da Gama

There's far more to life on board Vasco da Gama than we could possibly fit on one page. Click here to find out more about her fantastic facilities and welcoming atmosphere.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • An outbound flight from London to Singapore
  • 45 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
  • Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
  • On-board entertainment as arranged
  • Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
  • The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
  • Port charges and taxes

Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement

Ship Information

Well-known and much-loved on the international cruise scene, 55,877-tonne Vasco da Gama, offers premium cruise experiences to discerning travellers. Refurbished in 2015, she offers comfort and contemporary style to around 1200 passengers over 10 passenger decks.

Cruise Information

The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.

Ports of call

  • Day One - Fly to Singapore, 2359hrs
  • Day Two - Arrive in Singapore
  • Day Three - Sail from Singapore
  • Day Four - Cruising Malaca Straits
  • Day Five - Penang, Malaysia
  • Day Six - Phuket, Thailand
  • Day 10 - Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Day 12 - Cochin, India
  • Day 14 - Mormugao, Goa
  • Day 15 - Mumbai, India
  • Day 19 - Salalah, Oman
  • Day 24 - Safaga, Egypt
  • Day 25 - Aqaba, Jordan
  • Day 27 - Suez Canal Transit
  • Day 28 - Ashdod, Israel
  • Day 30 - Santorini and Mykonos, Greece
  • Day 31 - Piraeus, Greece
  • Day 33 - Valletta, Malta
  • Day 34 - Messina, Sicily
  • Day 35 - Naples, Italy
  • Day 36 - Civitavecchia, Italy
  • Day 38 - Barcelona, Spain
  • Day 40 - Gibraltar
  • Day 41 - Casablanca, Morocco
  • Day 43 - Lisbon, Portugal
  • Day 46 - Tilbury, 0900hrs

N.B. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.

Detailed Itinerary

All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities on board Vasco da Gama. Ports of call may be subject to change.

Day One

Fly overnight from London or Manchester to Singapore.

Day Two

Arriving at Singapore’s Changi Airport, you'll be met and transferred to the cruise terminal to embark Vasco da Gama. Settle in to your cabin, rest and relax after the journey or perhaps head back out to explore the gleaming island-city of Singabore. Vasco da Gama moors overnight, giving you plenty of opportunity to get to know this fascinating place.

Day Three

Today brings a chance to get to know the gleaming, teeming place that has grown from British colonial outpost into one of Southeast Asia’s most dynamic metropolises, where remnants of past tradition – in Little India, China Town and the Colonial District crowned by Raffles Hotel – are not quite swamped by the ‘shop ‘til you drop’ glitz of Orchard Road’s malls or Marina Bay’s futuristic wonders. Optional shore excursions will introduce the city, after which you are free to shop and sightsee at your leisure.

Day Five

Colourful, Malaysian Penang is a feast for the senses. Step ashore to discover sensational street food, George Town's traditional Chinese shophouses, stunning beaches and breathtaking tropical gardens.

Day Six

The island paradise of Phuket effortlessly combines idyllic beaches, luxurious developments, rubber plantations and a bustling main town. Enjoy a last taste of the orient here before Vasco da Gama heads across the Andaman Sea and into the Indian Ocean.

Day 10

Today Vasco da Gama calls in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. Explore the restored Fort area of this bustling city, and the ancient street markets of Pettah, or perhaps to take a shore excursion into the lush, temple-studded countryside.

Day 12

Kochi (also known as Cochin) on India's southwestern coast is built across a series of islands. A trading port for centuries, the city has a distinctly European feel, especially in Fort Cochin. It is also the port from which you can depart on a three-day excursion overland to discover Delhi and Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, before re-joining Vasco da Gama in Mumbai.

Day 14

This morning Vasco da Gama calls at Mormugao, principal port of the state of Goa, which nestles on a peninsula that juts out into the Arabian Sea. Step ashore for a taste of Goan life before re-boarding Vasco da Gama as she continues north.

Day 15

There's another chance to see an astonishing city spead out before you early this morning, as Vasco da Gama arrives in teeming, cacophonous Mumbai. In the city formerly known as Bombay you’ll discover sweeping Marine Drive, the monumental arch of the Gateway of India and the colonial splendour of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Explore the grand former Prince of Wales Museum and the vast, Gothic fantasy of the Victoria Terminus railway station - all highlights on today’s optional shore excursion. Passengers who have visited Delhi and Agra will re-board the ship here.

Day 19

After a few days relaxing aboard your floating home, you’ll arrive in Salalah, the perfume capital of Arabia. The Sultanate of Oman’s second city, this ancient settlement nestles amid a landscape of frankincense trees and coconut palms. Step ashore to explore, or perhaps to visit the ruins of the ancient fortified town of Sumhuram at Khor Rori.

Day 24

From the Red Sea port of Safaga, an optional full-day excursion will take you to Luxor, once the ancient Egyptian capital Thebes. Discover temples at Luxor and Karnak, the vast columns of the Hypostyle Hall, and the awe-inspiring Valley of the Kings - where Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb. You’ll also visit the Temple of the female pharaoh, Hatshepsut, and gaze in awe at the twin Colossi of Memnon, which once stood guard at the entrance to a vast temple.

Day 25

Today brings another unforgettable optional excursion - from the luxurious Jordanian port of Aqaba into Wadi Rum’s mesmerising desert landscape and to the extraordinary Rose-Red City of Petra. Etched into the sandstone cliffs and hillsides, the lost city’s extraordinary buildings are among the most unforgettable sights on Earth.

Day 27

Passage through the world’s most famous - and busiest - waterway, the Suez Canal, brings Vasco da Gama into the Mediterranean, where a final quintet of calls brings the opportunity to discover yet more wonders a little closer to home.

Day 28

Another extraordinary, exciting day awaits at Ashdod, gateway to Israel and the Holy Land. Optional shore excursions include coastal resort city Tel Aviv, with its ancient neighbour Jaffa. Alternatively, travel into the Judean Hills to Jerusalem itself to discover the Wailing Wall, the labyrinthine souks of the Old City and Christianity’s holiest shrine, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Day 30

This morning, Vasco da Gama drops anchor off Santorini. The island’s picturesque main town is perched precariously atop the cliff, and its rocky shoreline (the remnants of an enormous extinct volcano) is dotted with fishing villages. Livelier, but no less lovely, is Vasco da Gama's second Cycladic call - Mykonos. Visit the famous, harbour-side windmills, explore the cobbled lanes of the cosmopolitan main town, or stop for a drink and a bite in one of the many excellent bars and restaurants.

Day 31

Today Vasco da Gama docks in Piraeus for a visit to beguiling, bustling Athens. Don’t miss the chance to climb the Acropolis to the ruins of the Parthenon, one of the world’s most enduring monuments, and an awe-inspiring window onto the city’s rich Classical past.

Day 33

Vasco da Gama’s next Mediterranean island call is Malta, with its stunning natural Grand Harbour at Valletta. Explore the surrounding streets, or head into the rugged interior - perhaps to the haunting ’silent city’ of Mdina.

Day 34

The Sicilian town of Messina guards the Strait between Italy’s southern outpost and the mainland. This afternoon’s call offers the opportunity, on an optional shore excursion, to visit breathtaking Taormina, perched ‘between the sea and sky’ and overlooked by brooding Mt Etna.

Day 35

The great city of Naples sits on its beautiful bay, beneath brooding Vesuvius. Shore excursions offer opportunities to explore ancient Pompeii and famous Sorrento, set ’between the sea and the sky’, and the bustling city itself.

Day 36

Today’s call at Civitavecchia will give you the chance to take in some of the wonders of the ‘Eternal City’ Rome, where the three thousand years of history sit side by side with one of Europe’s most thriving metropolises, and where the Basilica of St Peter’s is one of the most visited sites on Earth.

Day 38

Early this morning Vasco da Gama arrives in the great Catalan city of Barcelona. Stroll down the famous Rambla, explore the brooding grandeur of the Barri Gotic, Barcelona’s medieval heart, stop off for some traditional tapas, and don’t miss Gaudi’s spectacular La Sagrada Familia.

Day 40

A morning call in Gibraltar brings a first real taste of home. Wander past familiar British shops on Main Street, or perhaps to take the cable-car to the top of the Rock for views across the Straits to Africa.

Day 41

Today Vasco da Gama docks in Casablanca, renowned for its connections with the celebrated movie, but today a world away from Humphrey Bogart’s sleepy town. Startlingly modern, but retaining a sense of the past in its ancient medina, the city offers wonderful beaches, some designer shopping and the fascination of the gigantic Hassan II Mosque. Today also offers up the chance to join an unforgettable shore excursion to Marrakech to explore the tiny stores, alleys and hidden courtyards of the souks, and its vast, bustling square, the Djemaa El Fna.

Day 43

The last stop on our epic world cruise adventure is the great seafaring city of Lisbon - hub of the Age of Discovery. Our final shore excursion will give you the chance to explore the Portuguese capital before Vasco da Gama begins her final two-day passage home in the afternoon.

Day 46

Vasco da Gama arrives back in London Tilbury, this morning, concluding an unforgettable cruise halfway around the world.

Date Nights Price From
22 April 2019
22 April 2019 45 £6999

Further Information

Passport requirements

British Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.

Foreign Office travel advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

Please note

You will leave the uk on the 22nd April and arrive from your overnight flight on the 23rd into Singapore. The ship will be docked overnight and will set sail on the 24th April 2019

 

*Offer applies to new bookings made between 5th July and 31st October 2018 (inclusive) only. Prices shown when booking include any discounts. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on offer, cruise, cabin and departure date selected. Single cabin full fares will be discounted by 50 per cent. The discount amount will be added to your booking automatically once you have selected a cabin and will be confirmed before purchase. All offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. All fares exclude gratuities.

On many of our cruises, a limited number of Voyager Fare Inner and Ocean-view cabins are available. Choose these and you will be accommodated in at least a Standard Twin Inner or Standard Twin Ocean-view cabin (depending on your choice), but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount.