Vasco da Gama (ship)

Vasco da Gama is a cruise ship currently owned and operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV). Built for Holland America Line in 1993 as Statendam, it was transferred in November 2015 to P&O Cruises Australia and renamed Pacific Eden. In April 2019, it was transferred to Cruise & Maritime Voyages and renamed Vasco da Gama.

Vasco da Gama performing its maiden call in Kiel, Germany
  • 1992–2015: Statendam
  • 2015–2019: Pacific Eden
  • 2019–present:Vasco da Gama
Port of registry:
Ordered: 1 March 1992
Builder: Fincantieri, Italy
Cost: US$180 million
Yard number: Monfalcone shipyard 5881
Laid down: 30 July 1991
Launched: 3 April 1992
Completed: January 1993
Status: In service
Notes: [2][3][4]
General characteristics
Class and type: S class cruise ship
Length: 219 m (719 ft)
Beam: 30.8 m (101 ft)
Height: 40 m (130 ft)
Draught: 7.5 m (25 ft)
Depth: 19.2 m (63 ft)
Decks: 14
Deck clearance: 11.5 m (38 ft)
Ice class: D (minimum)
Installed power: 2 x Sulzer 12ZAV40S, 3 x Sulzer 8ZA40S
Propulsion: 2 x ABB 12,000 kW
Speed: 22-knot (41 km/h)
Capacity: 1,258 passengers
Crew: 557
Notes: [2][4]



Vasco da Gama was previously Statendam, one of four Holland America Line S-Class ships ordered in 1989 from Fincantieri shipyards, along with her sisters Maasdam, Ryndam (now Pacific Aria) and Veendam. The hull design was initially based on the former Costa Classica (1991) but was extensively changed due to changes to upper works that affected buoyancy.[2] She entered service in 1993. Cruising from the west coast of the United States, with Australia and New Zealand as the common destination in the Northern Hemisphere winter and Alaska in the Northern Hemisphere summer, she was the fifth Holland America Line ship to bear the name Statendam. Although Statendam II was ordered and mostly completed, she never sailed for Holland America due to the outbreak of World War I, and was used by the British as a troopship under the name SS Justicia.[5]

In August 2013, Statendam was informed by the Glacier Bay National Park ranger station that the nearby Baranof Wind was stranded in the ice of Hopkins Glacier and unable to continue to Glacier Bay National Park. Statendam, upon arrival, lowered lifeboats 8 and 10 to take on the approximately 105 passengers and crew aboard her. They were given safety instructions and dinner before disembarking at Glacier Bay National Park ranger station three hours later.[6]

Pacific Eden

In the 2015 northern summer, the Statendam sailed Alaskan cruises out of Vancouver and Homer before being dry-docked in October in Singapore for a refit by SembCorp Marine prior to her transfer to P&O Australia.[7][8] Renamed Pacific Eden, she departed Fremantle on her maiden cruise on 15 November 2015.[9] She was officially renamed in Sydney by Kate Ritchie on 25 November 2015.[10][11] The naming was reportedly the first done via Twitter.[12] She sailed under the P&O Australia brand out of Australian ports year round.[13][14]

Vasco da Gama

In March 2018, it was announced by P&O Australia that Pacific Eden will exit the fleet on 16 March 2019 before being transferred to Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) in early April 2019.[15][16] In April 2019, Pacific Eden was officially transferred to CMV and renamed Vasco da Gama.[17] She was christened in Bremerhaven on 9 June 2019.[18]

Concept and Construction

During the design of her class of vessels, there was concern over her ability to meet the strict new SOLAS 90 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea stability requirements which would go into effect in 2010. She proved to meet these requirements beyond expectations and the additional ballast tanks fitted to the class to provide added stability usually travel void for weight reduction and hence, fuel savings. Her hull design is based largely on that of Costa Classica with changes to make it more buoyant as the superstructure of her and her sisters is much heavier than that of Costa Classica. Statendam and her sisters have articulated "Hinze" flap rudders, basically a rudder with a small portion of its aft that can be steered in addition to the main rudder, for exceptional maneuverability. When launched her class proved to be one of the most technically advanced and optimised cruise ships in the world during sea trials.[2]



  1. SMHD, Statendam ID 6179
  2. "Cruise Ship Staatendam (and sister ships)" (PDF). June 1993. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  3. "Shipboard Environmental (data) Acquisition System". US NOAA. June 1993. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  4. "Advanced Masterdata for the Vessel Statendam". VesselTracker. 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  5. "Nederlandsch-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij". Holland America Line. Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  6. "Statendam to the Rescue". Holland America Line. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  7. "Cruises to Alaska, Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico and the world on Holland America, one of the best cruise lines". Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  8. It’s time! the transformation of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden begins Carnival Australia 22 October 2015
  9. Pacific Eden arrives in Australia Cruise Weekly 16 November 2015
  10. Australia's latest cruise ship, P&O Cruises Pacific Eden Cruise News TV 18 November 2015
  11. P&O Cruises' Five Ship Spectacular will rock Sydney Harbour P&O Cruises 25 July 2015
  12. P&O Old Brand, New Tricks. IAB. By Chris Frame
  13. "P&O to add two new ships as Australian cruises to grow to a million passengers a year by 2016". Escape. Herald Sun. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  14. Behind the scenes at the makeover of P&O's two new Australian cruise liners before they hit Sydney Harbour on November 25, Herald-Sun, 4 November 2015
  15. "Pacific Eden Cruise Ship". P&O Australia. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  16. Mathisen, Monty (7 March 2018). "Pacific Eden Sold to Cruise and Maritime Voyages". Cruise Industry News. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  17. "Vasco da Gama joins the Cruise & Maritime Voyages fleet". Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  18. Erdmann, Frederik (22 October 2018). "TransOcean sets Bremerhamen naming for Vasco de Gama". Seatrade Cruise News.


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