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Vasco da Gama information as of 25 March 2020

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Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ vessel Vasco da Gama is carrying 798 Australians and 109 New Zealanders.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has recorded no health concerns among the passengers or crew, who have not left Vasco da Gama/Columbus since 14 March 2020 and have therefore not visited any destination since then. On 27 March, it will be the passengers’ 13th day at sea. CMV’s 552 crew members will remain onboard.

Any friends, family or travel agents wishing to contact passengers on board should email so that CMV can ensure quick delivery of information to those travelling on Vasco da Gama.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) is committed to the health and safety of its passengers and crew. Since the temporary suspension of all CMV cruises globally and in light of the continued border closures and flight cancellations, all six vessels in the CMV Group’s global fleet are navigating to the nearest available disembarkation port so that current guests can make their way safely home. Three of CMV’s ships, Magellan, Marco Polo and Astoria, have already returned to their homeport in the UK and have completed or are in the final stages of disembarking passengers. Astor, which is currently sailing for CMV’s German brand TransOcean Kreuzfahrten, is on her way to Bremerhaven, Germany and expected to arrive on Sunday 12 April.


Timeline of the ship’s voyage


  • The ship originally left Fremantleon 12 February 2020 on its Grand Northbound Voyage to Britain.
  • Vasco da Gamawas undertaking a segment of the Fremantle to London cruise, which departed Singapore on 9 March 2020 with 623 Australians on board.
  • CMV management made the decision to cancel the rest of the voyage on 13 March 2020(GMT). At this point the ship had been at anchorage in Phuket, Thailand since 11 March, but passengers were unable to disembark after one passenger was taken to hospital unwell, later testing NEGATIVE for COVID-19 (two rounds of testing undertaken).
  • On 18 March 2020,Vasco da Gama met CMV’s Columbus at anchorage off the coast of Phuket. Australian and New Zealand nationals and residents remained onboard Vasco da Gama, while those onboard Columbus were transferred to Vasco da Gama by tender. Vasco da Gama set sail in the early afternoon for Fremantle. European nationals and residents were transferred from Vasco da Gama to Columbus to join other Europeans before setting sail for London Tilbury.
  • Before meetingVasco da GamaColumbus was undertaking a round-the-world cruise and the most recent port it had visited was Semarang, Indonesia on 14 March 2020.

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