MV Vasco Da Gama – Past and Present

MV Vasco Da Gama

ex Pacific Eden, Statendam

© Erwin Willemse

Vasco Da Gama – © Erwin Willemse (Velsen-Zuid, 31/08/2019)

Steel twin screw motor vessel (Statendam Class or ‘S’ Class) built in 1993 by Fincantieri-Cant. Nav. Italiani, Monfalcone, Italy. (Yard No 5881) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Holland America Line

Technical Data

  • Length: 21 m (overall) 185.0 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth:30.80 m
  • Depth: 19.20m
  • Draught: 4.385m
  • Tonnage: 55451 gross/26945 net/5000t deadweight
  • Engines: Two Sulzer-Grandi 12ZAV40S, Three Sulzer-Grandi 8ZAL40S diesels.
  • Power: 43250kW/58799 bHP
  • Speed: 20 knots
  • Passenger Decks: 9
  • Capacity: 1613 passengers
  • Call Sign: PHSG, 2IYM9, C6EG8
  • MMSI Number: 311000891
  • IMO Number: 8919245
  • Port of Registry: Nassau/Bahamas, Rotterdam/The Netherlands, London/UK, Nassau/Bahamas
  • Sister Ships: Maasdam, Ryndam, Veendam

Current Location

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November 1989: Ordered

July 30th 1991: Keel struck.

April 3rd 1992: Launched.

January 7th 1993: Delivered to Nederlandsch Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Mij, (Holland America Line), Nassau, Bahamas.

January 25th 1993: Sea trials.

January 1993: Commenced cruising on American west coast – Alaska (summer) / Australia – New Zealand (winter).

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher (Tilbury, July 1993)

© John Wilson  © John Wilson

© John Wilson (Brisbane, 04/12/2007)

October 2015: Arrived at SembCorp Marine, Singapore for rebuilding/re-styling.

November 2015: Registered owner; Carnival Plc, Southampton, England. Management Carnival Australia. Renamed PACIFIC EDEN.

November 15th 2015: Maiden cruise for P & O Australia, from Fremantle.

© Tony Martin

© Tony Martin (Sydney Cove, 07/05/2018)

April 2019: Registered Manager; Global Cruise Lines Ltd (CMV).

June 2019: Sold to Mythic Cruise Ltd. Manager; Global Cruise Ltd and renamed VASCO DA GAMA.

©Robert J Smith  ©Robert J Smith

©Robert J Smith   © Carsten Dettmer

©Robert J Smith (Tilbury, 07/06/2019) © Carsten Dettmer (Riga, 25/07/2019) (Lower Right)

© Bob Scott

© Bob Scott (Tilbury, 09/10/2019)

June 9th 2019: Christened in Bremerhaven.

March 2020: Docked in Fremantle.

May 1st 2020: Arrived at Tilbury, UK for lay up owing to coronavirus pandemic .


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Carsten Dettmer, Brian Fisher, Tony Martin, Erwin Willemse and John Wilson for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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