Azores

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Experience the Azores in depth

Unique island archipelago

13 days Lisbon-Azoren-Madeira-Lisbon

Six Azores islands provide for an unforgettable programme full of contrasts. Marvel at São Miguel, one of the large Caldeiras, and the well-known double crater lake of Sete Cidades. On Terceira, you will be impressed by the UNESCO-protected Angra do Heroísmo, a pearl from the renaissance period. Descend into an impressive volcano cave in the UNESCO biosphere reserve Graciosa. The seemingly primeval nature of the dragon island São Jorge is ideal for hiking. Enjoy the colonial charm on Faial and the cosmopolitan flair of the sailing capital of Horta. And observe whales and dolphins in their natural habitat on a boat trip to Pico. The cruise comes to an end on Portugal’s Flower Island of Madeira.

Why this cruise?

  • Take time to explore the variety of the Azores across six islands
  • Enjoy the most beautiful islands from early morning to late evening
  • Special blend of spectacular countryside and unspoilt nature
  • Unique experience: observe sperm whales at close range off the island of Pico
  • Volcanic natural wonder: Bathe in hot springs and marvel at crater lakes
  • A whole day of floral splendour on Madeira
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The services provided during your trip

  • Cruise in the booked cabin category
  • nicko cruises full board :
    • Generous breakfast with coffee, tea and juices in a variety of restaurants
    • Buffets, show cooking or à la carte menus served at the table, depending on the restaurant
    • Flexible meal times with free choice of seats
    • Coffee and cake depending on the daily programme
  • nicko cruise director and local tour guides
  • Entertainment programme and lectures on the countries visited on board
  • Childcare and a large children's area extended over two decks with indoor and outdoor areas
  • English-speaking service on board
  • Comfortable Sennheiser audio system for all excursions
  • Use of the fitness area, swimming pools, outdoor sports areas and wellness area with sauna (massage for a fee)
  • Luggage service between landing stage and cabin on embarking and disembarking
  • All port and passenger fees

Important travel information

Please note that information and excursions will only be provided in German language for individual travellers. Different languages are available on request for groups and charterers. You will not be able to join the cruise without valid identification documents. Minimum number of participants for this trip to be reached up to 30 days before departure: 900 people (see section 8.1. of our travel terms).

Your itinerary

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Lisbon
Casting off 8:00 pm Embarkation from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Relaxing at sea

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Relaxing at sea

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Ponta Delgada
Mooring 8:00 am Casting off 11:00 pm Island tour with the crater lake Lagoa do Fogo and one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the island – Caldeira Velha.

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Ponta Delgada
Excursion to the double crater lake of Sete Cidades.

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Ponta Delgada
Day trip to the Furnas Lake, where the traditional “Cozido” stew is prepared with natural volcanic steam, and a visit to the city in the volcanic crater: Furnas.

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Praia da Vitória
Mooring 8:00 am Casting off 10:00 pm Historical tour in the capital city of Angra do Heroísmo.

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Praia da Vitória
Excursion to the volcano cave Algar do Carvão and to the wine museum with a tasting.

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Praia (at anchor)
Mooring 8:00 am Casting off 8:00 pm Panoramic trip with a visit to the volcanic vent Furna do Enxofre, one of the largest lava caves in the world, and museum visit.

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Praia (at anchor)
Culinary excursion – try the famous Queijada da Graciosa biscuits and Aguardente brandy.

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Velas (at anchor)
Mooring 8:00 am Casting off 8:00 pm Day trip with a scenic tour to the most beautiful sights, lunch and a visit to a cheese dairy with a tasting session.

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Velas (at anchor)
Hike from Caldeira do Santo Cristo to Fajã dos Cubres along one of the most beautiful paths on the archipelago.

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Horta (at anchor)
Mooring 8:00 am Casting off 8:00 pm Island tour with a visit to the Capelinhos volcano interpretation centre.

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Horta (at anchor)
Jeep safari on off-road tracks across the blue island with a visit to the Capelinhos volcano.

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Lajes do Pico (at anchor)
Mooring 7:00 am Casting off 2:00 pm Boat trip along the coast with the opportunity to observe whales.

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Lajes do Pico (at anchor)
Panoramic trip to the wine-growing region of Criação Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a wine tasting and a visit to the Whaler’s Museum.

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Relaxing at sea

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Funchal
Mooring 9:00 am Casting off 6:00 pm Scenic tour across the Flower Island of Madeira.

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Funchal
A visit to the botanical gardens.

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Relaxing at sea

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Lisbon
Mooring 8:00 am Disembarkation until 9:00 a.m.

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Your ship on its journey: VASCO DA GAMA

 

In its own unique way, VASCO DA GAMA combines the Portuguese explorer tradition with the demands of today’s cruise guests: a wide range of different bars and restaurants in an exclusive setting, lots of public space with a modern interior and tasteful design elements. On board, you'll find a full range of equipment for spa, fitness and your personal leisure activities. You won’t find any other comparable cruise ship of this size on the market offering such good value for money. The personal atmosphere on board due to the manageable number of guests is key to the sense of well-being. In the very spirit of Portuguese hospitality, our friendly crew remains committed to your welfare.

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-wood decks exude classic charm, working in perfect harmony with the ship’s elegant and modern appearance. At 219 metres long and with a volume of 55,820 GRT, the ship provides its guests with all the space they need to thrive, spread across nine passenger decks. On board, you'll feel this spaciousness, for example, in the cabins and suites (16 to 102 sqm in size), five bars and lounges in different designs, five restaurants, an elegant spa area with sauna and steam bath, a large fitness centre, sports areas on the outside decks as well as two pools, one of which has a sliding glass roof. And in our “Hollywood's” show theatre over two decks, our on-board theatre company provides you with top-class evening entertainment. Bom espetáculo!

Our total of 550 crew members have just one goal: to make you feel comfortable! On top of the generous room-to-passenger ratio and our range of on-board facilities, the ample crew-to-guest ratio means you can find your own personal way to relax on board the ship. Whether you prefer to read a good book with a cool drink under the glass dome in our viewing lounge, the “Dome”, or would like to expend some of your energy in the outdoor sports areas, VASCO DA GAMA has the full range of options to choose from. For families, our children's area over two decks and our special family cabins provide the ideal basis for an enjoyable holiday together – on family-friendly terms. We also have an attractive programme for singles: we have a cabin allocation for all dates with a single supplement of just 15%. Our chefs are, of course, able to meet all common dietary requirements. The ship also has some cabins for disabled guests and has a dialysis unit.

 

Further details about your ship
  • At a glance

    nicko Ocean 1.000 passengers 550 219 m 31 m 7.80 m 220 volts

Explore the world – safely!

For us, the safety of the guests and crew on board our ships always comes first – especially in these current times. In 2020, we proved that our safety and hygiene practices work when we were the first cruise operator worldwide to get our ships going again in June. Our proven measures meet national and international health standards. We have summarised the key facts for you in our 10-point plan.

For our ocean cruises we will introduce the so called 2G regulation, which stands for „Geimpfte and Genesene“ and means vaccinated and recovered persons on October 27, 2021 on VASCO DA GAMA and for WORLD VOYAGER from October 29, 2021. On our river trips, the 2G regulation applies with the start of the winter season from November 29th, 2021.

This means that on our cruises from the dates mentioned, only fully vaccinated or recovered guests travel in accordance with the 2G rule. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the 2G regulation. They must present a negative PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours at the time of entry.

This year, we are again pursuing our passion to offer you unforgettable holiday experiences, showing you the most beautiful spots on the river and along European coasts. Come on board!

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March 2022

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14.03. - 26.03.2022

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26.03. - 07.04.2022

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