Vasco da Gama

Welcome aboard Vasco da Gama

Named after the historic Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama is a classic 4-star vessel that combines elegant-modern flair with beautiful teak decks and a ratio of two crew members to every one guest, for a more personal atmosphere as well as a generous sense of space.

On board, you’ll find a range of equipment for spa, fitness and other leisure activities, including indoor and outdoor pools, plus comfortable and stylish cabins in sixteen different categories. Enjoy low single supplements and childcare facilities, with children under sixteen travelling for free when accompanied by two full-paying guests.

Be dazzled by an incredible programme of entertainment as we offer tailor-made in-house shows to rival the highest Broadway calibre productions, performed twice per evening, in a theatre extending over two decks, at the artistic heart of your ship.

With five restaurants and seven bars available, prepare to be spoiled by a wide range of first-class culinary delights, freshly prepared by our kitchen crew. The Club Bistro presents buffets showcasing a variety of themes, while in our three Waterfront Restaurants we will serve you at your table.

The same goes for our fine dining restaurant, The Grill, where we offer excellent menus for a small surcharge. In all restaurants you can dine at extended, flexible mealtimes, with a free choice of seats, while the Alfresco Grill offers light dishes to satisfy those little pangs outside of mealtimes.


  • The Grill Restaurant
  • Waterfront Fusion Restaurant  
  • Waterfront Mediterranean Restaurant 
  • Waterfront Restaurant
  • Club Bistro
  • The Blue Room
  • Captain’s Club
  • Ocean Bar
  • Hollywood’s Theatre
  • Alfresco Grill
  • Lido Bar and Cappucino’s
  • Oasis Pool with sliding glass roof
  • Dome Night Club
  • Fitness Centre & Wellness Area
  • Sport’s Area
  • Children’s Area
  • Reading Room
  • Library

View or download our Vasco da Gama 2023 Guide

A classically beautiful ship for 1,000 guests

In today’s cruise ship market, our ship is regarded as small due to the fact that we have limited passenger capacity. The beautiful teak decks exude classic charm, working in perfect harmony with the ship’s elegant and modern appearance. At just 55,820 GRT, the ship provides its guests with all the space they need to thrive, spread across nine passenger decks.

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Responsible travel

As part of our extensive renovation, we converted from crude oil to marine gas ad gave the engines a general overhaul. Vasco Ga Gama now burns low-sulphur  MGO (marine gas oil), which results in significantly less dust  and soot than the cruise oil used by most ocean-going vessels. Studies show that MGO produces 70-85 percent less sulphur oxide than cruise oil.

On board there is a selective catalytic reduction technology system (SCR) built in which uses urea to neutralise nitrogen oxides. All five machines are fitted with SCR catalysers, which reduce nitrogen oxides on Vasco Da Gama by up to 80 percent. Vasco da Gama thus fulfils the the so-called TIER III level of emission standards of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), which, as a special organisation of the United Nations as part of MARPOL Convention, has set itself the goal of reducing pollution from ships. Our exhaust gas treatment clearly exceeds the current environmental protection requirements in sensitive areas, such as the North Sea and Baltic Sea, and already far exceeds the requirements that will be mandatory for sailing through the Norwegian Coastal landscape from 2025.

A new sewage system is also due to be fitted on Vasco da Gama. The organic wastewater treatment offers excellent waste water quality, reduces suspended particles to zero and meets the latest international and local requirements for use without chemicals. 

For the underwater paint used on Vasco da Gama, we selected a special environmentally friendly, durable and robust coating which does not release toxins into the sea. In addition, the coating also prevents growth and debris on the underside of the ship, which can cause increased fuel consumption due to water resistance. Its innovative paint saves around six percent of fuel.

A feast for your palate

Our kitchen crew cooks for you every day with passion and skill. It doesn’t matter whether you want a light lunch from the buffet at noon in the Club Bistro or a choose from our extensive lunch menu in one of our waterfront restaurants – there will always be something to whet your appetite in one of our five on board restaurants. Choose from a range of international or regional dishes from the destinations you are visiting.

Your culinary highlight of the day awaits you – before or after our evening show at Hollywood’s. Our experienced and creative kitchen crew prepares varied dishes for you every evening with themed buffets in the Club Bistro. Our five restaurants offer a wide selection to suit every taste, not just in terms of the range of food on offer, but also the atmosphere and decoration. You can always look forward to international specialities such as Mediterranean dishes, Portuguese delicacies and also Asian-inspired fusion cuisine.

Also available throughout the day:

  • Extensive selection of homemade ice cream at Cappucino’s
  • Coffee time at the Club Bistro with a selection of freshly made biscuits, cakes, tarts, muffins and brownies.

View a selection of our sample menus below


Perhaps you would like to start the evening with an appetising aperitif such as a good port wine or the modern variation, a port tonic? Or do you want to end the evening somewhere cosy? Enjoy cocktail classics and signature creations with views of the evening landscape, sunset, or starlit sky. In name “Dome” says it all: this fully glazed room is the ideal place for your sundowner or nightcap. But the other bars, cafés and lounges also have fine wines and a fantastic range of assorted alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Of course, the friendly service team will also be delighted to prepare a drinks to your personal taste.

Contact our Reservations Team for more information on our Drinks Package options – these are an additional cost. 

Entertainment inspired by world famous stage classics

Shows and entertainment – clearly an important part of every classic cruise. Our very own “Hollywood” at sea offers the best entertainment. The theatre extends over two decks and thus the artistic heart of your ship. Music, drama, artistry – you won’t be able to stop being amazed. Best of all, every show of the day is performed twice per night. Which means the whole family, whether young or old, can celebrate and enjoy it together. It’s show time!

Inspired by world-famous stage classics, well-known artists and touching stories from the
every day life: We have created captivating shows especially for our guests. Whether rock or pop, comedy or tragedy, Magic and wizardry – a diverse range of top entertainment awaits.

The Vasco da Gama entertainment programme offers six tailor-made in-house productions. From the stage design to the costumes to the make-up – our sets always aim for the level of legendary Broadway productions. And for guests who appreciate the small stage: enjoy some surprises with our creative guest appearances and sensational live performances in our bars and nightclub!

Flora, fauna, wildlife, culture and history experienced first-hand

Impressive mountain views, secluded beaches with crystal-clear water or spectacular midnight sunsets – on board our Vasco da Gama you can discover magnificent countryside along the most beautiful coasts and islands of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. If you want to discover something beautiful, you need time. With our extended layovers in the ports, you can experience your destination in a particularly intense and diverse way. In many cases, your ship will also stay in a location overnight, which means you get to savour the local evening atmosphere when the other visitors have left.

All our excursions are led by local tour guides, in English & German language. This gives you a first-hand insight into the culture and nature of your travel destination. Our experienced excursion team has put together a fascinating blend of popular highlights and behind-the-scenes insights – including many UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world.

Family holidays

Experience unforgettable moments with your loved ones. Whether young or old our unique programme is there to entertain the whole family. While you enjoy a wellness oasis in the Spa, your children can explore Vasco da Gama. 

The English-speaking staff looks forward to welcoming children and young people. You can spend time together on all areas of the ship. Additionally there are large indoor and outdoor areas especially for children and young people on two decks outdoor areas. Sports fans will get their fill on the two outdoor sports decks.

The comfortable accommodation in two interconnected cabins is the perfect way to travel together. 

The children’s area on board Vasco da Gama extends generously over two decks with up to four supervisors creating ever-new and exciting experiences for all ages. The interior is divided into several light-flooded areas, so that, depending on age, each of the children’s activities can be caried out without disturbing the other activities. For the little ones it is a real play paradise and for the older ones, the multi-media area has plenty of video game stations as well as classic table football and planned parties in their own disco area are always guaranteed. Please note the children’s area is suitable for children over the age of 3 years.

In the restaurants delicious children’s menus are offered and high chairs are available. Most bar areas offer space for you to enjoy time together playing cards with an non-alcoholic cocktail. Drinks package for kids & teens are available meaning you can keep an eye on your expenses and your children can help themselves whilst on board.

Wellness & Fitness

Thanks to the glass sunroof our heated swimming pool on the Lido Deck offers swimming all year round and whatever the climate outside. The Lido Deck also two hot tubs. 

And on the pool located on Deck 10 with its beautiful teak-wood deck and comfortable pool loungers offers an oasis for relaxation with wonderful sea views.

For your very own physical wellbeing, our fitness centre is equipped with cardio machines for your use, whilst our spacious wellness area has a women’s and a men’s sauna, steam bath and an aromatherapy steam bath, heated loungers and a small pool. 

Your floating hotel room

On board Vasco da Gama we offer sixteen different cabin categories, according to your individual needs. Our inside cabins enable you to travel in comfort whilst your can enjoy enjoy the most beautiful views in our outside, balcony cabins and suites. 

In all balcony cabin categories, you can expect the following amenities:

  • A welcome fruit platter, a bottle of wine and water
  • Priority check-in and check-out (where possible)
  • Binoculars, atlas, umbrella, bathrobe and slippers for the duration of your cruise

Also included in the suites for you:

  • All extras from the balcony cabin category as listed above
  • Evening canapes
  • Laundry service
  • Ironing service (Penthouse Suite only)

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Language: English/German Length: 219m
Guests: 1,000 Width: 31m
Crew: 550 Draught: 7.8 m
Renovated: 2021 Voltage: 220 volts
Max Speed: 16 knots Currency: Euro

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