Cruise Dialysis

Western Mediterranean onboard Nicko Cruises Vasco da Gama, sailing from Palma de Mallorca, 18 March 2023, 8 nights from £1695 per person

High levels of comfort and tasteful design await you onboard Vasco da Gama.  With a capacity of 1000 passengers, there’s plenty of room and a choice of interior, outside, family and balcony cabins as well as suites available for you.

The beautiful teak wood decks of the Vasco da Gama exude classic charm, working in perfect charm with the ship’s elegant and modern appearance.  At 219 metres long and with a volume of 55,820 GRT, the ship provides guests with all the space they need, spread across nine passenger decks.  Onboard, you will feel this spaciousness in the cabins and suites, seven bars and lounges in different designs, five restaurants, an elegant spa area with sauna and steam bath, a large fitness centre, sports areas on the outside decks as well as two pools, one of which has a sliding glass roof.  In “Hollywood’s” show theatre over two decks the onboard show ensembles provide you with top class evening entertainment.

In its own unique way, VASCO DA GAMA combines the Portuguese explorer tradition with the demands of today’s cruise guests: a wide range of different bars and restaurants in an exclusive setting, lots of public space with a modern interior and tasteful design elements. On board, you’ll find a full range of equipment for spa, fitness and your personal leisure activities. You won’t find any other comparable cruise ship of this size on the market offering such good value for money. The personal atmosphere on board due to the manageable number of guests is key to the sense of well-being. In the very spirit of Portuguese hospitality, the friendly crew remains committed to your welfare.

Your home on the high seas: on board VASCO DA GAMA, you will find exactly the right cabin for your cruise on the oceans. No matter which deck you are on or which category you choose – you will feel completely at home.

Vasco da Gama features fine fabrics, fresh colours and a mix of modern materials and elegant design. This is also reflected in the cabins, which feature new carpets, sofas and armchairs. The latest flatscreen TV’s have also been installed.   Ranging from 16-101 sqm all cabins are equipped with a wardrobe, a shower or bath tub, shower/WC, individually regulated air conditioning/heating, a hairdyer, a safe and satellite TV. The beds can be separated in to twin beds if desired.

All Nicko Cruises Sea Voyages are accompanied by an experienced cruise director and excursion team.  Also, at least one lecturer travels on each cruise to give you detailed and entertaining information and ideas that will make you experience at each destination even more intensive.  The experts make sure you do not miss anything that is worth seeing and always have tips on hand for your time on shore.


The Grill Restaurant

Waterfront Fusion Restaurant

Waterfront Mediterranean Restaurant

Waterfront Restaurant

Club Bistro

The Blue Room

Captain’s Club

Ocean Bar

Hollywood’s Theatre

Alfresco Grill

Lido Bar and Cappucino’s

Oasis Pool with sliding glass roof

Dome Night Club

Fitness Centre & Wellness Area

Sport’s Area

Children’s Area

Reading Room


Western Mediterranean,  Island Flair & Discoveries

9 days | Mallorca • Melilla • Cartagena • Valencia • Menorca • Porto Empedocle • Malta

Experience spring around the western Mediterranean! Melilla’s old town is surrounded by meter-high walls that rise mightily from the sea. In Cartagena you can enjoy fine wines or an exciting flamenco show. A mixture of history and futuristic architecture awaits you in Valencia, while the Albufera Nature Park not far from the city is an oasis of tranquility. On the small Balearic island of Menorca, local specialties are ready to be sampled. Finally, travel back in time and visit impressive temples built by the Greeks in Sicily.

Cruise Highlights

  • 9 to 10 hours stay in all ports
  • Experience Spain in one trip on the mainland, on the island and with Melilla as an exclave on another continent
  • Nature and pleasure on the relaxed Balearic island of Menorca
  • Walk the same paths as the gods in Sicily in time-honored temples


day 1

Palma de Mallorca

Overlooking the harbour and the remains of the city walls of Palma de Mallorca towers the massive Gothic cathedral La Seu. Behind it stretches the picturesque old town with charming stores, narrow streets and tempting tapas bars.
day 2
At Sea
day 3

Melilla, Spanish Morocco

Impressive caves, a rich variety of museums and a charming historic old town await you in Melilla. The fascinating mixture of Spanish and Arab culture in the Spanish enclave on the North African coast enchants visitors from all over the world.
day 4

Cartagena (Murcia), Spain

Walk in the footsteps of the past in Cartagena, Spain: Stroll through the Heroes’ Square, marvel at the ruins of the cathedral destroyed during the Civil War and visit the historic city walls. Don’t forget to enjoy the spectacular view of the gorgeous bay!
day 5


The impressive cathedral, home of the “Holy Grail,” rises between the narrow streets of Valencia’s picturesque old town. A stark contrast to this is the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències – the futuristic buildings in the former riverbed of the Turia in the Spanish port city look like landed spaceships.
day 6

Mahón, Menorca

High above the picturesque harbor town on Menorca towers the Castell de Sant Felip. Stroll through the picturesque town of Mahón with its romantic harbour and charming parks and enjoy the wonderful view!
day 7
At sea.
day 8
Porto Empedocle
Sicilian flair awaits you in Porto Empedocle. Stroll through the typical Italian port city with its impressive Chiesa Madre and relax on the gorgeous beaches off the coast of the picturesque Mediterranean island!
day 9


The UNESCO city of Valletta welcomes you to Malta with historic buildings such as massive fortresses, impressive cathedrals and enchanting palaces. In between, magical green spaces invite you to relax again and again.

Fares, Cabins & Suites

All fares include flights from London, cruise in accommodation of your choice (regional airports are available for a supplement), all meals onboard, drinks package, gratuities and wifi.  Pricing based on two people sharing a cabin. 

Transfers abroad can be arranged at an additional supplement.  Shore excursions are at a supplement and can be booked and paid onboard.

Interior cabin from £1695 per person

Cabin with window from £2125 per person

Cabin with balcony from £2840 per person

Suite with balcony from £3875 per person

Penthouse with balcony from £5640 per person


To request further information on this cruise please complete the form below or call 0844 800 2624

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  • Thank you and your team for everything on our cruise. We enjoyed it and the dialysis was first class. And the social side with you all was a pleasure.

    Mr J Evans
  • I would just like to place on record my appreciation for the wonderful service and attention I received on my dialysis cruise round the Greek Islands.  I hope to book with you soon for another trip soon.

    Mr J Redfern
  • Just a quick note to thank you, the Charge Nurse and the rest of the team, including the Doctor, for the wonderful cruise we just enjoyed. As usual everything went well and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

    Mr K Best
  • Just wanted to say thank you, the ladies really enjoyed their holiday in fact one was crying and did not want to come home. They had a great time. Thank you for your help and patience .

    Ms J Mitchell
  • Thank you for planning an excellent holiday which we thoroughly enjoyed – wish it was for another 3 days. The dialysis worked very well as we were a bit apprehensive for the first time Celebrity was great, our first time.

    Mrs N Rahim
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • We arrived home safe, well and happy. You might like to know we were delighted with the whole Cruise Dialysis adventure. Apart from the impressively competent and conscientious attention of the dialysis team we both very much enjoyed their company and hope to be able to have future involvement. Rae’s health stood up very well, and she came home better than for years.

    The AmaWaterways river cruise itself was also a great pleasure, at just the right level of comfort, interest and variety without opulence. Just about everything was well suited to our needs and desires – as experienced travellers and critical customers. You would be welcome to let others who might be interested contact us in case they have any questions about customers’ experience with your system.

    R Kennedy & R Bogner
  • Just returned from a fantastic cruise. Everything was excellent and dialysis was 1st class . Have no hesitation in recommending you to others. Thanks for all your help. Hope to book again as soon as unit allows. Thanks again.

    Mrs E Adrain
  • Recently my husband and I were fortunate to holiday with AmaWaterways. It was ‘The Enchanting Rhine’ cruise travelling from Basel in Switzerland to Amsterdam.  The whole holiday from start to finish was fantastic. The staff on-board couldn’t do enough to ensure we were well looked after.  The food was lovely and plentiful. The excursions were very well organised and catered for everyone. My husband had dialysis on-board which was also very well organised and arranged so no excursions were missed. The medical team were lovely and looked after my husband well.  I would thoroughly recommend this cruise and hope future travellers enjoy it as much as we did.

    Mr & Mrs K Setchfield
  • Enchanting Rhine Cruise.  This was our first cruise with AmaWaterways on Dialysis. Unbelievable staff with impeccable service and attention to every detail from beginning to the end of our cruise. Well organised excursions for all passengers from the very fit to those who needed a slower pace.  The Dialysis team was amazing – professional, efficient, caring and friendly. Thank you Lisa for all your help and support.  This cruise exceeded all our expectations.

    Mr & Mrs M Coogan
  • “We had a wonderful cruise and having dialysis on board was not a problem it worked out for all the shore trips, I had the early morning session which gave us breakfast at normal time and the rest of the day to ourselves, would have no hesitation in recommending Dialysis at Sea.”

    Mr I Dougall
  • “We returned from the Celebrity Eclipse cruise to the Western Med and wanted to let you know how smoothly the dialysis and arrangements on board went.  The dialysis staff were so attentive and friendly with back up from the cruise staff. I appreciated being able to spend some time on shore whilst my husband was well looked after.  Thank you for help and personal approach in coordinating the cruise arrangements.”

    Mr & Mrs W Banner
  • “For someone who had never been on a Sea Cruise and also being a Dialysis patient this venture was viewed with excitement but also with some degree of trepidation and worry.- Well we are back and what’s more are already looking to plan the next one. All our fears and worries quickly evaporated. The dialysis ran seamlessly.  The service provided by the caring and considerate staff and the facilities were second to none, in my opinion they were 6 star. Through out the whole journey everyone had the Can Do attitude.  It was a holiday of a lifetime. Thank you Lisa for all your help and support.  We will be back”

    Mr B Porter
  • “We had a lovely time the trips at port were just long enough for us before we had to go back onboard for dialysis.  The nurses were friendly and it was all really organised and relaxing.  Thank you”.

    Mrs R Thwaite
  • “We went on the 14 night Celebrity Eclipse cruise departing Southampton on 3rd September 2017 to Gibraltar, Lisbon etc and it was brilliant.  Everything about the trip was superb. Without exception the staff was helpful, cheerful and friendly.  The dialysis unit under Dr Dale was very efficient.  Will definitely book another cruise with you from Southampton”.

    Mr & Mrs D Tarrant
  • “An e-mail to say that we really enjoyed the Rhine cruise. The boat was good, the food nice, the company great. The dialysis went OK.  Thank you for all the arrangements and making the holiday very enjoyable.”

    Mr A Richardson
  • “Jack and I would like to thank you for organizing our very interesting holiday.  The service from the start was amazing everything went according to plan and those who were supposed to meet us were there, it made the holiday for me.  The staff on board Belvedere were always polite and pleasant.  Jack was very happy with the way the dialysis was dealt with and the doctors and nurses were very professional.  We look forward to having more holidays with you in the future.”

    Mrs A Allen
  • “As my father cannot travel around for holidays easily and enjoys going abroad we decided to try a cruise.  We would never have thought to take a wheel chair if it not been for your recommendation. Armed with a lightweight wheel chair for trips ashore we were on our way.  Father was then able to go ashore even on treatment day, and save energy for pottering around the ship later in the day.  The wheelchair has been a real boon, it features as a Zimmer frame and was so useful going round the airport, it has transformed our view on what is possible for holidays and day trips.  Dialysis treatment on board is easy and is usually fitted in for time in port.  All your booking is taken care of including treatment with medical reports sent by your unit. We have done several with another next year. It’s well worth a try.”

    Miss Y Schofield
  • “First of all  –  thank you for all your help both before and during the cruise.  We enjoyed it very much  – the Belvedere was very comfortable and the food was good.  We were also lucky with the weather  – the only rain was at Nuremberg on the last day !  The dialysis sessions worked well also.”

    Mr R Rowe