Vasco da Gama – the eco-friendly boutique cruise ship
The 30-metre wide and 219-metre long ship has 9 passenger decks that can accommodate almost 1,300 passengers. Of the total of 630 cabins and suites between 16 and 102 m² in size, only 129 are inward-facing, all the others are outside cabins, 150 of which have balconies.
Wellness is very important on the “Vasco da Gama”. The gym, located next to the spa, is open 24 hours and has plenty of equipment. This includes 11 spinning bikes, 5 steppers, 7 treadmills, 5 seated bikes, 14 weight machines, 2 rowing machines, and a large selection of free weights. In the spa, dry and steam saunas are included in the trip price. The jogging trail is located on the top deck.
With a volume of 55,000 gross tons, the Vasco da Gama offers a ratio of 1 to 43 per passenger and has two pool areas – one is prominently located at the stern of the ship with generous sunbathing areas. The other is located amidships and is equipped with a movable roof, which only a vanishingly small number of ships in the cruise industry have. In addition, there is a noble wellness area with sauna and steam room, a large fitness centre and sports areas on the outer decks. The show theatre “Hollywood’s” extends over two decks and offers first-class evening entertainment.
The choice of restaurant is also excellent. The Vasco da Gama trumps with three à la carte restaurants. In particular, the Asian-oriented “Dragon Lady” convinces with its special attention to detail, such as authentic Japanese tables at floor level. The buffet restaurant “Pantry” also stands out conceptually. It is more reminiscent of a food court that combines different styles at different stations: these include a Mexican, an Indian, an Asian and a garden bar with salads, as well as a sweet shop for desserts and a meat grill. This conceptual approach also extends to the numerous bars and culminates in the all-round glass viewing lounge “The Dome”.