The Vasco da Gama

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in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal © Christian Gebhardt/cc-by-sa-4.0

in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal © Christian Gebhardt/cc-by-sa-4.0

Vasco da Gama is a cruise ship operated by German cruise line nicko cruises. Completed in 1993, she previously sailed for Holland America Line as MS Statendam, for P&O Cruises Australia as Pacific Eden and for Cruise & Maritime Voyages as Vasco da Gama. In 2020, following CMV’s filing for administration, she was sold by CW Kellock & Co Ltd. at auction to Mystic Cruises’ parent company, Mystic Invest for US$10,187,000.

Vasco da Gama previously served as MS Statendam from 1993 to 2015, where she served as the lead member of Holland America Line’s eponymous Statendam class, otherwise known as S class. She was ordered in November 1989 alongside two sister ships of her class, and was designated Hull Number 5881. Her keel was laid by Fincantieri in 1991. From 1991 to 1993, the ship was completed and underwent sea trials, and on 25 January 1993, Statendam embarked on her maiden voyage. Upon her maiden voyage, she became the fifth Holland America Line ship to bear the name Statendam, and during the summer of her inaugural season, she also became the first Holland America Line ship to sail a European itinerary in over twenty years.

in Port of Honfleur, France © Christian Gebhardt/cc-by-sa-4.0 in Syracuse, Italy © Christian Gebhardt/cc-by-sa-4.0 at Liverpool Cruise Terminal, UK © Phil Nash/cc-by-sa-4.0 in Fremantle Harbour, Australia © Bahnfrend/cc-by-sa-4.0 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal © Christian Gebhardt/cc-by-sa-4.0 in Kiel, Germany © HenSti/cc-by-sa-4.0
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in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal © Christian Gebhardt/cc-by-sa-4.0
After concluding her final season with Holland America Line, Statendam sailed to Singapore for dry dock at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard. From 22 October to 2 November 2015, Statendam underwent extensive interior and exterior changes, emerging as the new Pacific Eden. In an attempt to garner global social media recognition for the introduction of two new flagships, P&O Cruises Australia broadcast the ships’ christening ceremony on Twitter and through their godmothers’ social media accounts. On 25 November 2015, Pacific Eden and her sister, Pacific Aria, were renamed at a ceremony held in Port Jackson, Sydney. Kate Ritchie served as the godmother for Pacific Eden.

In March 2018 Pacific Eden was sold to Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), with delivery in March 2019. Following the purchase, members of CMV’s Columbus Club were asked to choose between four names that honoured famous explorers: Vasco da Gama, Pytheas, Henry Hudson, and Amerigo Vespucci; Vasco da Gama was chosen. After a refit in Singapore, Vasco da Gama sailed on 23 April 2019 for Tilbury on her inaugural cruise, with calls in Malaysia, Thailand, India, Egypt, Jordan and Morocco, celebrating her namesake’s travels. On 9 June 2019 she was christened in Bremerhaven by German singer Annett Louisan, entering service with CMV’s TransOcean Tours. The ship’s deployment was to spend the European summer with Transocean before repositioning to Australia for the southern summer under the CMV brand.

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