Cruise Dialysis

England, France, Netherlands onboard Vasco de Gama departing 29 September 2020, 8 nights from £841

With only 1220 passengers, the Vasco da Gama combines beautiful, contemporary décor with a more traditional cruise style.  There are 120 spacious superior and premium balcony cabins and 29 de-luxe balcony suites including an impressive Royal Penthouse Suite. A majority of twin bedded cabins convert to double bed cabins and a limited number also have inter-connecting doors, ideal for family groups.

The facilities on board Vasco da Gama are impressive with a choice of six restaurants, five lounge bars, a pool bar and four entertainment venues each with its own individual style. She offers a casino, library, card room and shopping galleria plus extensive deck areas, two swimming pools (one of which has a retractable roof), sports courts, spa amenities and a gym.

The Vasco da Gama has great entertainment on board, from show teams to pianists to disco. Why not start your evening with a pre-dinner drink and enjoy some of your favourite melodies? The resident musicians invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy conversation with new friends about another wonderful day ashore.

Please note that the Vasco da Gama cruises are sold primarily to the German market and therefore the majority of passengers onboard will be German.  The crew onboard the Vasco da Gama speak German and English and you will be provided with English menus and a printed daily programme in English informing you of the days events onboard the ship and port information.

Itinerary

DATE PORT ARRIVALS DEPARTURE
29/9/20 Bremerhaven (Germany) 18:00
30/9/20 Rest at sea
10/1/20 Portsmouth (United Kingdom) 06:00 22:00
The vibrant and vibrant coastal town of Portsmouth offers an irresistible mix of history and heritage. The city is home to one of Britain’s premier marine bases, and the Historic Dockyard reveals 800 years of naval history. The Mary Rose Museum and the famous warships HMS Victory and HMS Warrior also testify to Portmouth’s significant maritime past. On June 6, 1944, a massive military force launched from England towards the Normandy coast. Learn more about the invasion that marked the beginning of the end of World War II in the magnificent D-Day Museum.
10/2/20 Country by launch or tenderSt. Helier, Jersey (United Kingdom) 08:00 22:00
Until the 18th century, St. Helier consisted only of a series of houses, shops, and warehouses that stretched along the coastal dunes on both sides of the local church. Today, St. Helier is an important international financial center and the capital of the largest and southernmost canal island, located in the bay of Mont St. Michel. With the Norman-style farmhouses, the narrow winding country lanes, the small fields and the French street names, the French influence becomes more than once apparent on the enchanting island. The remnants of the fortifications, however, are a reminder of the German occupation during the Second World War.
10/3/20 Country by launch or tenderSt. Peter Port, Guernsey (England) 07:00 17:00
For more than 800 years the castle Cornet watches over St. Peter Port. This attractive little town has cobblestone streets, steep flights of stairs and winding lanes winding between the houses down to the picturesque shores bordered by gray and white stone houses.
Geographically, Guernsey is closer to France than England, but nonetheless remains loyal to the British crown. This fact is reflected in the charming Anglo-French atmosphere of the city. The second largest canal island has a wonderful coastline with beautiful bays, and in the midst of the idyllic pastureland you can see the pretty, often award-winning Guernsey dairy cows. The duty-free harbor area is ideal for shopping.
10/4/20 Le Havre (France) 06:00 14:30
Le Havre is one of France’s major seaports and is located at the mouth of the Seine on the English Channel about 240 kilometers northwest of Paris.
The city was founded around the year 1500. Today, Le Havre is one of the greenest cities in France. During World War II, the city was heavily bombed and was almost completely destroyed towards the end of the war. It was rebuilt between 1945 and 1954 to plans by the architect Auguste Perret. The city center with its colored concrete architecture was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage in 2005 as a city ensemble.
Numerous impressive museums and galleries make Le Havre an ideal base from which to explore more Normandy and visit the nearby Allied landing beaches in World War II.
05/10/20 Antwerp (Belgium) 10:00 17:00
Antwerp not only owns one of the largest ports in Europe, but is also known throughout the world as the center of the diamond trade. The charming medieval streets and the remarkable Renaissance buildings make a visit to Belgium’s second largest city a pleasure. Historic Guildhalls and the imposing Town Hall with its array of colorful European flags surround the Grote Markt, the cobblestone main square in the Old Town. When looking at the skyline of Antwerp, the towering tower of the Cathedral of Our Lady is particularly striking.
10/6/20 IJmuijden (Amsterdam) (Netherlands) 08:00 15:30
The Dutch town of IJmuiden is located about 30 kilometers west of Amsterdam at the entrance to the Noordzeekanaal, which connects the North Sea with the IJsselmeer. The most important city in the district of Velsen has been inhabited since Roman times, and so the bustling port city looks back on a rich history. Generously rebuilt after World War II, Ijmuiden offers a wide range of activities and attractions: canal locks, sandy beaches, hidden bunkers, a national park, 17th century mansions and a large number of museums – all within easy reach of the city. In addition, of course, the visit to nearby Amsterdam, either in the context of an organized trip or individually by public transport.
10/7/20 Bremerhaven (Germany) 10:00

Note: In case of bad weather or sea conditions that prevent the ship from reaching a planned port, alternative arrangements will be made as far as possible.

Anchor iconShip is at anchor, ashore by tender boat.
* Technical stop, guests can not go ashore

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Testimonials

  • “I do wish to thank you, the Charge Nurse and the rest of your dialysis team. You’re doing a great service to those in need of it and who are keen to travel at the same time.  Your variety of ocean and river cruises gives all those who may be interested a wide choice of styles and destinations, while at the same time being able to rely on professional care and service in dialysis needs. Keep up the good work. Thank you once again”

    Mr Dominic Yau
  • Cruise was wonderful. We loved the Europa2  and Dr. Westerman was a delight to have do our dialysis sessions.

    Mrs S Pearl
  • We had a lovely holiday and have lots of pictures to remind us of where we went – they are on my screensaver already and are a very enjoyable reminder.  As you know I love these holidays. I am really grateful that I could have a holiday while on dialysis – it is so lovely to get away from home for more than a night!

    Mrs L Osborn
  • I’d just like to thank you and your professional Dialysis Team for making my first ever cruise experience so wonderful.  Starting from the time of booking, through the worst parts – waiting for the departure date to come around, right through until disembarkation.

    The paperwork, though comprehensive was clear and easy for myself and my home clinic nurses to complete, and your advice on what to pack for the expectations of the cruise liner took that stress away.

    It was good to meet everyone in your team and my compatriots for treatment so soon after embarkation and everything always felt like it was no problem and easily handled.  The dialysis team was totally professional at all times, but that was also complimented by their personalities which meant time on dialysis went quite quickly chatting etc.  The Nephrologist was extremely thorough at all times but was also quite amusing in her own way.  The Charge Nurse was a wealth of experience and definitely the glue bonding the team together and always available for everyone at all times.  The two nurses providing support were effective team players and knew their stuff.

    Being an accompanied cruise meant there was always someone about if you wanted a chat even on the excellent inclusive shore trips.  It was good to see the planning that went in to arranging dialysis sessions around these activities and the team were always looking to be flexible on start stop times.

    I will do this again in the future, need to save up a bit first, but would recommend it to anyone.  Thanks for a wonderful holiday.

    Mr K Summerhayes
  • I wanted to tell you that it was a wonderful cruise and thank you for all the efforts you have had in respect to the dialyses.  Everything was working at the full satisfaction.

    Mr J Steinmann