Cruise Dialysis

Norway & North Cape onboard Vasco de Gama departing Bremerhaven, Germany, 19 June 2019, 12 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
19/6/19 Bremerhaven (Germany) 1700h
20/6/19 Rest at sea
21/6/19 Country by launch or tenderVik (Norway) 0630h 0730h
21/6/19 Viewing OnlyPassage Sognefjord (Norway)
21/6/19 Flåm (Norway) 1200h 1800h
Surrounded by majestically towering mountains, the tiny village of Flåm with its approximately 500 inhabitants nestles at the end of the Aurlandsfjord, the innermost arm of the mighty Sognefjord. Its popularity as a holiday destination began in the late 19th century with the arrival of steamboats, which brought English and German passengers, including European nobility, to salmon fishing on the Flåm River. Today’s visitors are attracted by the opportunity to ride on one of the steepest and most spectacular railways in the world. The Flåm Railway is considered a masterpiece of engineering and zigzags up the steep slopes of the Flåm Valley in the middle of one of Norway’s most breathtaking mountain scenery.
22/6/19 Viewing OnlyPassage Romsdalsfjord (Norway)
22/6/19 Andalsnes (Norway) 1400h 2200h
Åndalsnes is located at the end of the 88-kilometer Romsdalfjordes at the mouth of the Rauma River, which winds through the valley of the same name. It was one of the first rivers in Norway to attract British aristocrats and other fly fishermen from abroad at the end of the 19th century. The small town is today the administrative center of Rauma in the Norwegian district of Møre and Romsdal. The excursions offered will take you to the wonderful Romsdal Alps with the famous Trollwand and the spectacular Serpentine Trollstigen. Åndalsnes is also the starting point of the fascinating Raumabahnstrecke, on which the classic steam train travels through an enthralling mountain scenery.
23/6/19 Rest at sea
24/6/19 Leknes, Lofoten (Norway) 0600h 1230
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.
25/6/19 Viewing OnlyPassage North Cape
25/6/19 North Cape, Honningsvåg (Norway) 2200h o / n
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.
26/6/19 North Cape, Honningsvåg (Norway) o / n 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.
27/6/19 Rest at sea
28/6/19 Olden (Norway) 1200h 2000h
The southernmost of the three short arms of the inner Nordfjord ends in Olden. The charming village is located between neat farms on gently rising, fertile slopes, which become steeper and steeper up into dense, overgrown mountain peaks. The beautiful Oldendalen valley runs from the town between towering mountains to the edge of the mighty Jostedalsgletscher. The Briksdal Glacier is one of the most accessible glacier tongues of the Jostedalsbreen. The creeping moving, furrowed arm of ice is visited on the excursions offered from Olden, next to magnificent waterfalls, glacier-fed rivers and beautiful mountain lakes.
29/6/19 Bergen (Norway) 1000h 1900h
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 up to the city mountain Fløien promises magnificent panoramic views of Bergen and the Norwegian coastline with its many skerries. 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 Hanseatic merchants. Today, shops are located here selling handicrafts and traditional souvenirs.
30/6/19 Rest at sea
07/01/19 Bremerhaven (Germany) 0900h

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

  • “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