Cruise Dialysis

South Norway onboard Vasco de Gama departing Kiel, Germany, 17 August 2019, 8 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
17/8/19 Kiel (Germany) 2200h
18/8/19 Rest at sea
19/8/19 Bergen (Norway) 1300h 1800h
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.
20/8/19 Geiranger (Norway) 1000h 1530h
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.
20/8/19 Passage Geirangerfjord (Norway)
20/8/19 Passage Stor- and Sunnylvsfjord (Norway)
20/8/19 Hellesylt (Norway) 1900h 2000h
The roots of the tiny village of Hellesylt, which lies at the head of Sunnylvsfjord, go back to the Vikings. Its living history is closely linked to tourism. Since the first hotel was built here in 1875, Hellesylt has received royalty as well as celebrities from the arts and arts, including Henrik Ibsen, who drew inspiration for his drama Brand from the spectacular landscape of Hellesylt. The town center is divided into two parts by a river with a rushing waterfall. The village is the starting point to experience the exceptionally beautiful scenery of the Geirangerfjord. The excursions on offer will take you to some of the greatest mountain and fjord regions Norway has to offer.
21/8/19 Olden (Norway) 0800h 1600h
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.
21/8/19 Passage Nordfjord (Norway)
22/8/19 Vik (Norway) 0630h 0730h
22/8/19 Passage Sognefjord (Norway)
22/8/19 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.
23/8/19 Eidfjord (Norway) 1100h 1600h
Located at the end of a tributary of the beautiful Hardangerfjord, Eidfjord scores with its impressive mountains towering up to 1,900m. The small town is the gateway to Hardangervidda, the largest high mountain plateau in Europe and Norway’s largest national park. Just a short walk from the town center you can find tombs from the Iron Age and the Viking era next to the road. The old church in Eidfjord dates back to 1309. Not too far away, the magnificent Vøringfossen waterfall is one of Norway’s favorite natural wonders and is the destination of an optional excursion combined with a visit to the amazing Sysen Dam.
23/8/19 Passage Hardangerfjord (Norway)
23/8/19 Leirvik (Norway) 2200h 2300h
24/8/19 Rest at sea
25/8/19 Bremerhaven (Germany) 1000h

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

  • 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
  • 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