City jewels and natural wonders

17 days Málaga-Madeira-Azoren-Portland-Amsterdam-Bremerhaven

On the Strait of Gibraltar, “Little Great Britain” and the Moroccan city of Tangier are worth a trip. Experience the colonial charm of the island metropolis Funchal on Madeira and the island’s year-round floral splendour. The Azores, Portugal’s secluded Atlantic islands in the far west of Europe, will inspire you with their magical countryside, lush vegetation and incomparable marine fauna. After these exciting days surrounded by pure nature, Portland in England awaits you as the point of departure for excursions to picturesque, historical Dorchester and the picturesque harbour town of Honfleur on the French “flower coast”. At the end of the cruise, experience the world-renowned canal scenery in the vibrant city of Amsterdam.

Why this cruise?

  • Experience the highlights of Western Europe on just one cruise
  • Exciting contrasts of nature and coastal cities that exude charm
  • Time-out on the Azores, a haven of peace in the Atlantic
  • Get to know four of the most beautiful Azores islands in depth
  • Cruise experience on the Jura coast in the English Channel: Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site
  • 24 hours in Amsterdam to experience the city in depth
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The first impressions of your trip.

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

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Gibraltar
Mooring 7:00 am Casting off 5:00 pm Gibraltar highlights at the famous strait between Europe and Africa.

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Gibraltar
Boat trip to the dolphins.

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Relaxing at sea

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Funchal
Mooring 8:00 am Casting off 4:00 pm Scenic trip 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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Lajes do Pico (at anchor)
Mooring 9:00 am Casting off 9:00 pm Boat tour 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 wine tasting and a visit to the Whaler’s Museum.

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Horta (at anchor)
Mooring 8:00 am Casting off 9:00 pm Island tour with a visit to the Capelinhos volcano visitor 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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Praia da Vitória
Mooring 8:00 am Casting off 9:00 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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Ponta Delgada
Mooring 7:00 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
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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Relaxing at sea

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Relaxing at sea

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Relaxing at sea

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Portland
Mooring 9:00 am Casting off 6:00 pm Travel to Dorchester with a guided tour.

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Portland
Excursion to the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Honfleur
Mooring 7:00 am Casting off 3:00 pm Guided tour through picturesque Honfleur.

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Honfleur
Connoisseur tour of Normandy with tastings of local specialities.

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Amsterdam
Mooring 2:00 pm Guided tour of Amsterdam with a canal cruise past the typical merchant houses.

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Amsterdam
Tour of the medieval city of Haarlem and a visit to the Jopenkerk brewery with a tasting.

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Amsterdam
Casting off 2:00 pm Excursion ‘Typically Holland!’ – scenic tour with a visit to a windmill and the village of Edam, well known for its cheese culture.

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Bremerhaven
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!

11.05. - 27.05.2022

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