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An Australian adventure

This wonderful opportunity to escape Britain’s grey and gloom sees Vasco da Gama slip away from Tilbury to sail south and west across the Atlantic, via the volcanic Cape Verde Isles, to the sun-kissed Caribbean, before heading through the Panama Canal and into the Pacific Ocean. After a brief call in colourful Acapulco, the paradise islands of French Polynesia lie over the horizon before the great cities of Auckland and Sydney welcome you Down Under.

What does this price include?

  • 53 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

Your Itinerary

  • Join Vasco da Gama in London Tilbury, settle in to your cabin and set off on a voyage to the other side of the world.
  • Today Vasco da Gama calls in Portuguese capital Lisbon, from where the great explorers sailed to the New World. Enjoy an optional shore excursion through the maze of narrow, hilly streets of the historic Alfamar district, a striking contrast to the modern city’s glass and steel.
  • This morning 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.
  • Arriving in the Canary Islands, Magellan calls at the great trading port of Las Palmas, gateway to Gran Canaria. Explore the bustling modern metropolis of Puerto de la Luz, or head to the palm-fringed squares of the old town, Vegueta. There will also be an optional excursion inland to take in some superb views.
  • The 10 volcanic isles that make up the Cape Verde archipelago are fast becoming a popular holiday haven, despite (or perhaps because of) their remote position. Spend the day in Mindelo, the pretty capital of Sao Vicente, admiring the attractive houses of this colonial outpost, or perhaps joining an optional shore excursion inland.
  • Vasco da Gama spends the night in the bustling, colourful capital of Barbados, Bridgetown, giving you time to head ashore in search of exquisite beaches, swanky resort-hotels and exclusive shore-side restaurants.
  • Beyond the glitzy resorts and luxury beachside retreats of Aruba, the island capital, Oranjestad, bustles with life. Take advantage of the duty-free shopping, try your luck in the casinos, or discover the cactuses, coastal views and abandoned gold mines of Arikok National Park.
  • Spend the day journeying from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, through the waterway that connects the two bodies of water even as it separates North (and Central) and South America.
  • Vasco da Gama's first Pacific port is this laid-back Nicaraguan resort town set upon a crescent-shaped bar and backed by wooded hills. Step ashore to explore this hidden retreat of the Hollywood stars.
  • Call in the legendary Mexican fiesta town of Acapulco. A full day here offers a taste of Central America in an idyllic setting that has withstood the tests of time and tourism.
  • After a week of balmy days at sea, the breathtaking islands of French Polynesia are a colourful sight. Taiohae harbour, on tiny Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Isles, is your first chance to absorb the atmosphere of this languid, tropical world.
  • Tahiti is, perhaps, the most famous South Pacific island. Its capital, Papeete, is home to historic Le Marche market, the lush Vaipaha Gardens and a perfect lagoon, and seems to have appeared straight out of a Gauguin painting.
  • Today, legendary Bora Bora, a quintessential island paradise, with mountains, lagoons and sublime beaches, completes Vasco da Gama's French Polynesian calls.

  • Rugby Union-loving Rarotonga is the principal portof the Cook Islands. Meet some of the world’s friendliest islanders here, and discover their traditions and musical heritage. It's a memorable conclusion to your journey across the South Pacific.

  • Vasco da Gama arrives at the tiny island of Tonga, today. Disembark to explore the colourful, charismatic capital, Nuku'alofa, home to a bustling main street, numerous churches, the Royal Palace and a lively market brimming with local produce, handicrafts and livestock.

  • Early this morning you'll arrive in call in Auckland, the glittering 'City of Sails' on New Zealand's North Island. Step ashore to take in the Auckland Museum's priceless carvings and artefacts, or to enjoy a trip up the 328-metre Sky Tower, the country's tallest structure. Perhaps join a shore excursion to the thermal city Rotorua's bubbling thermal pools and geysers.
  • Vibrant, laid-back Sydney is your final port on this wonderful cruise. Disembark to explore this great city, renowned for its iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge, famous beaches and stunning Botanic Gardens, to meet friends and relatives, spend time in Sydney or embark on an expedition into the vastness of Australia that lies beyond the wonderful city.

Days marked above with an anchor include ports where you will be transferred to shore by landing boat. These ports may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties as a result. Any days not listed will be spent at sea.

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Further Information

  • 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.

  • 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.

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