Cruise Dialysis

Iceland & Spitsbergen onboard Vasco de Gama departing 17 June 2020, 18 nights from £1879

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
17/6/20 Bremerhaven (Germany) 17:00
18/6/20 Rest at sea
19/6/20 Rest at sea
20/6/20 Country by launch or tenderHeimaey, Western Maenner Islands (Iceland) 13:00 20:00
Heimaey not only the largest among the 15 islands of the Westman archipelago off the south coast of Iceland, but also the only inhabited one. On January 23, without warning, a volcano erupted on the city boundary next to Mount Helgafell, forcing its residents to leave their homes and escape to 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 started rebuilding their homes on an island that has gained one fifth of its original size from the lava flows.
21/6/20 Reykjavík (Iceland) 07:00 18:00
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 among the optional, varied and exciting excursions offers vast lava fields, a dramatic, historic gorge, bubbling mud springs, thunderous waterfalls and water-spouting geysers in one. Another, very nice trip, allows a relaxing dip in the geothermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon.
22/6/20 Ísafjoerður (Iceland) 08:30 18:00
Located just below the Arctic Circle, Ísafjörður is the largest city in the Icelandic region of 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. Fishing was and is the main source of income in the region. The Westfjords are a nature lover’s paradise, 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.
23/6/20 Akureyri (Iceland) 07:00 17:00
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 extraordinary nature and landscape of Iceland, such as the pseudo craters of Skutastadir, the surreal lava formations at Dimmuborgir, the bird paradise Mývatn and the imposing, crescent-shaped waterfall Goðafoss. Visiting the Laufas open-air museum or the Mývatn Nature Baths, Iceland’s newest thermal spa, are relaxing alternatives.
24/6/20 Passage Jan Mayen
25/6/20 Rest at sea
26/6/20 Selection of the following passages depending on the weather and ice conditions: Isfjord, Trygghavna, Ymerbukta, Nordfjord, Adventfjord
27/6/20 Country by launch or tenderBarentsburg, Spitsbergen (Norway) 08:00 12:00
28/6/20 Honningsvåg, North Cape (Norway) 22:00
Despite the fact that the Norwegian law states that a city must have 5,000 inhabitants 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 excursions to the dramatic North Cape, where the monumental 307 meter high cliff plunges vertically from a rocky plateau into the Atlantic Ocean. It is here at the northernmost point of Europe, and between the North Cape and the North Pole is only the endless Arctic sea.
29/6/20 Honningsvåg, North Cape (Norway) 03:00
Despite the fact that the Norwegian law states that a city must have 5,000 inhabitants 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 excursions to the dramatic North Cape, where the monumental 307 meter high cliff plunges vertically from a rocky plateau into the Atlantic Ocean. It is here at the northernmost point of Europe, and between the North Cape and the North Pole is only the endless Arctic sea.
30/6/20 Leknes, Lofoten (Norway) 11:30 20:00
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 grandiose 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.
07/01/20 Rest at sea
07/02/20 Alesund (Norway) 06:00 07:00
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 oriels 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 stretching out into the open sea. 418 steps lead from the city park to the top of Askla Mountain, which offers magnificent 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.
07/03/20 Bergen (Norway) 11:00 20:00
Norway’s second largest city is also known as the gateway to the fjords. With a population of less than a quarter of a million people, but rather the pleasant feeling of being in a small town. Seven surrounding mountains form a beautiful backdrop and a cable car ride on the city mountain Fløien promises great panoramic views of Bergen and the Norwegian coastline with its many archipelago. The colorful quay promenade of Bryggen Old Town is the face of Bergen. The typical wooden gabled houses were once the home and workplace of the Hanseatic merchants. Today, shops are located here selling handicrafts and traditional souvenirs.
07/04/20 Rest at sea
07/05/20 Bremerhaven (Germany) 08:00

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.

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Testimonials

  • Just a note to say how enjoyable the Rhine cruise was. The dialysis was both caring and sociable.

    Mr R Ward
  • Just wanted to say many thanks for the Cruise. We had a fantastic time.

    Mr P McGouran
  • “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