Cruise Dialysis

Iceland, Spitsbergen, Norway & North Cape onboard Vasco de Gama departing Bremerhaven, Germany 1 July 2019, 18 nights

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.

Itinerary

DATE PORT ARRIVALS DEPARTURE
07/01/19 Bremerhaven (Germany) 1700h
07/02/19 Rest at sea
07/03/19 Rest at sea
07/04/19 Country by launch or tenderHeimaey, Westman Islands (Iceland) 1300h 2000h
Heimaey is not only the largest of the 15 islands of the Westman archipelago off the south coast of Iceland, but also the only inhabited one. On 23 January, without warning, a volcano erupted on the city boundary next to Mount Helgafell, forcing its residents to leave their homes and move to safety on the mainland. Fortunately, the entire fishing fleet was in the harbor to evacuate the islanders and, surprisingly, not a single death was to be lamented. Six months later, when the volcano was extinguished, most of the residents returned and began rebuilding their homes on an island that has gained one fifth of its original size from the lava flows.
07/05/19 Reykjavík (Iceland) 0700h 1800h
The Icelandic capital has a very idiosyncratic character, partly Old Norse, partly very modern. Despite the fact that half of all Icelanders live in Reykjavík, it is one of the smallest capitals in the world. In the oldest part of the city, one encounters mosaics, murals and sculptures, and brightly colored houses with tin roofs are guarded by the towering Hallgrímskirche. The popular classic amongst the optional, varied and exciting excursions offers vast lava fields, a dramatic, historic gorge, bubbling mud springs, thunderous waterfalls and water-spouting geysers all in one. Another, very nice trip, allows a relaxing dip in the geothermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon.
07/06/19 Ísafjoerður (Iceland) 0830h 1800h
Located just below the Arctic Circle, Ísafjörður is the largest city in the Icelandic region of the Westfjords. It is located on a pebble headland that feeds the Skutulsfjörður fjord and is surrounded by mountains on three sides. Only three roads lead out of the city and all three pass through tunnels. The Maritime Museum traces the life and history of the settlement back to its beginnings. The fishing was and is the main source of income in the region. The Westfjords are a paradise for nature lovers, and a popular excursion leads to the magical island of Vigur, home to a large colony of eider ducks, alongside a huge population of other birds.
07/07/19 Akureyri (Iceland) 0700h 1700h
Akureyri is located at the end of the 60 kilometer long Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland. The capital of the north was founded as a trading post and today presents itself as an attractive city with colorful houses and manicured gardens. Here you will find both the northernmost botanical garden in the world and the northernmost golf course in the world. The focus of the excursions offered is on the exceptional nature and landscape of Iceland, such as the pseudo craters of Skutastadir, the surreal lava formations at Dimmuborgir, the bird paradise Mývatn and the impressive, crescent-shaped waterfall Goðafoss. Visiting the Laufas open-air museum or the Mývatn Nature Baths, Iceland’s newest thermal spa, are relaxing alternatives.
08/07/19 Viewing OnlyPassage Jan Mayen
09/07/19 Rest at sea
10/7/19 Viewing OnlySelection of the following passages depending on the weather and ice conditions: Isfjord, Trygghavna, Ymerbukta, Nordfjord, Adventfjord
10/7/19 Longyearbyen, Svalbard (Norway) 1300h 2000h
10/7/19 Selection of the following passages depending on the weather and ice conditions: Billefjord, Pyramiden, Adolfbukta, Nordenskjold Glacier, Sassenfjord, Tempelfjord, Gronfjord
11/7/19 Country by launch or tenderBarentsburg, Svalbard (Norway) 0800h 1200h
12/7/19 North Cape, Honningsvåg (Norway) 2200h
Despite the fact that the Norwegian law states that a city must have 5,000 inhabitants in order to call itself a city, the small municipality Honningsvåg with its 2,500 souls was granted city rights in 1996. Thus, Honningsvåg rose to one of the smallest cities in the country. It is located on the southeast side of the island Magerøya in the Barents Sea. The city is known as a starting point for trips to the dramatic North Cape, where the monumental 307 meter high cliff plunges vertically from a rocky plateau into the Atlantic Ocean. It is located here at the northernmost point of Europe, and between the North Cape and the North Pole is only the endless Arctic sea.
13/7/19 North Cape, Honningsvåg (Norway) 0300h
Despite the fact that the Norwegian law states that a city must have 5,000 inhabitants in order to call itself a city, the small municipality Honningsvåg with its 2,500 souls was granted city rights in 1996. Thus, Honningsvåg rose to one of the smallest cities in the country. It is located on the southeast side of the island Magerøya in the Barents Sea. The city is known as a starting point for trips to the dramatic North Cape, where the monumental 307 meter high cliff plunges vertically from a rocky plateau into the Atlantic Ocean. It is located here at the northernmost point of Europe, and between the North Cape and the North Pole is only the endless Arctic sea.
14/7/19 Leknes, Lofoten (Norway) 1130H 2000h
Geographically, Leknes is right in the middle of the Lofoten Archipelago on Vestvågøy Island, one of the seven main islands. Although Leknes may not be the most attractive city, it is considered the gateway to one of Norway’s most awesome and magnificent landscapes. The excursions on offer explore the land of jagged mountain peaks, sheltered coves and dramatic shores scattered with quaint fishing villages. The archipelago is home to large bird populations and looks back on a rich and fascinating heritage of the Vikings.
15/7/19 Rest at sea
16/7/19 Alesund (Norway) 0600h 0700h
In 1904, a catastrophic conflagration raged in Ålesund and left nothing but ashes. Then the city was rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style, incidentally with support from Germany, the then current architecture direction. Buildings with bay windows and turrets and facades with romantic, medieval ornaments give Ålesund its very own ancient charm. It is not without reason that it is regarded as the prettiest city in Norway and extends on a series of islands that stretch out into the open sea. From the city park, 418 steps lead up to the summit of Askla Mountain, which offers great views of Ålesund. In the lavishly designed building of the former Schwanenapotheke, the Art Nouveau Center delights with insights into the unique architectural heritage of the city.
16/7/19 Viewing OnlyPassage Stor- and Sunnylvsfjord (Norway)
16/7/19 Viewing OnlyPassage Geirangerfjord (Norway)
16/7/19 Geiranger (Norway) 1300h 1900h
Around 1800, the small farming village Geiranger was relatively isolated from the outside world, but meanwhile it has become one of Norway’s most popular tourist destinations. Behind the village at the end of the fascinatingly beautiful Geirangerfjord there rises a magnificent and impressive mountain scenery. Steep mountain roads wind up to dizzying heights, revealing panoramic views that are truly breathtaking in the truest sense of the word. Snow capped mountain peaks, wild falling waterfalls, lush green valleys and dramatic gorges stretch as far as the eye can see and are reflected in the smooth, calm surface of the incredible Geirangerfjord deep in the valley below.
17/7/19 Rosendal (Norway) 1430h 2100h
18/7/19 Rest at sea
19/7/19 Kiel (Germany) 0930h

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.

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Testimonials

  • Just a quick email to thank you very much for all your help with organising our Canary Island Cruise and dialysis on board for my mum.  Everything ran smoothly and the dialysis staff were excellent, friendly, professional and a pleasure to meet.  Hopefully we will be able to travel again using your excellent dialysis at sea service.

    Ms C Sharratt
  • I want to let you know we really enjoyed the holiday, the ship was very good and the dialysis went well.

    Mrs S Platt
  • I just wanted to send you an email and say THANK YOU so much for all your help with organising the cruise for my mum and me!  Anoop had a really good time on the cruise.  It was definitely an experience, we managed to go on the organised day trips and see new places.  Many thanks once again, I really appreciate all the help you gave me.

    Mrs A Chandhock
  • My father asked me to contact you upon his return from his recent cruise which we booked with you.  He wanted me to pass on what a great trip he had and a fantastic break.  On a personal note I would also like to thank you for your service throughout the booking and my endless enquiries.

    S Lupton
  • Trip was great and dialysis team work excellently together. Nephrologist and Charge Nurse were top notch.  Again thanks you did a great job.

    Mr R Gray