CMV’s new ship to be re-named Vasco da Gama
With the announcement on Wednesday, 7th March 2018, that Cruise & Maritime Voyages had acquired Pacific Eden from P&O Australia, we invited all our valued Columbus Club members and Trade Partners to participate in naming her.
Following the ‘explorer’ theme of our fleet, the choices were: Pytheas, Vasco da Gama, Henry Hudson and Amerigo Vespucci. We are pleased to announce that Pacific Eden will be re-named Vasco da Gama after the famous Portuguese explorer and navigator.
When voting closed at 17.30 GMT today Tuesday, 20th March, Christian Verhounig, CEO and Chairman said: “We are grateful to all those Columbus Club members and Trade Partners who took the time and trouble to vote. From the thousands received, the winner is Vasco da Gama with 46% of the total vote.”
The new ship will be deployed and dedicated to both the German and Australasian cruise markets.
During the northern summer (May-October) the ship will operate under CMV’s German brand, TransOcean Kreuzfahrten homeporting from both Bremerhaven and Kiel, and during the Australian summer season (December-March) from Fremantle (Perth) and Adelaide, offering a more traditional scenic cruise experience.
Vasco da Gama’s maiden voyage will depart from Singapore on Wednesday, 24th April 2019 on a spectacular 46 night adventure visiting South East Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Egypt, Jordan, transiting the Suez Canal, Israel and the classical highlights of the Mediterranean before arriving in London Tilbury, Amsterdam and Bremerhaven.
Details of Vasco da Gama’s maiden voyage are scheduled to be released in May.
Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama was a Portuguese nobleman, navigator and explorer, famous for being the first European to reach India by sea. After thousands of lives and dozens of vessels lost in shipwrecks and attacks in search of this passage, da Gama successfully landed in Calicut on 20th of May 1498. In doing so, he connected the Atlantic Ocean with the Indian Ocean and the Western World with the Orient, paving the way for an age of global commerce and European establishment in Asia.
His outward and return journey around the Cape of Good Hope was at the time the longest ocean voyage ever undertaken, a distance equal to the equatorial circumference of the Earth, being about 24,000 miles!
He successfully conducted three such voyages, and also served as the Second Viceroy of Portuguese India.
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