Philippines, Indonesia & Australia – the World through European Eyes – 05 Jan 2024 – Cruise Traveller

Philippines, Indonesia & Australia – the World through European Eyes

Cruise Line
Nicko Cruises
Vasco Da Gama
Package Departs
05 Jan 2024
Package Duration
23 Nights
Embark Ship
Manila, Philippines
Disembark Ship
Sydney, NSW, Australia
01 - Inside 04 - Oceanview 09 - Oceanview 13 - Balcony
AU $7,585
per person
AU $9,010
per person
AU $10,990
per person
AU $13,480
per person

Package Duration: 23 nights Cruise & Stay
Package starts: 5 January 2024 – in Manila
Cruise starts: 6 January 2024 – from Manila
Cruise ends: 28 January 2024 – into Sydney
Package ends: 28 January 2024 – in Sydney


PHILIPPINES, INDONESIA & AUSTRALIA Cruise & Stay package prices include:
• BONUS free one way transfer from Manila airport to hotel
• BONUS free 1 night hotel stay in a 5-star property in Manila with breakfast
• BONUS free one way transfer from Manila hotel to port
• 22 night Asia and Australia cruise (as part of her world voyage) aboard nicko cruises` Vasco da Gama from Manila to Sydney
• All shipboard main meals
• The services of a nicko cruise director and local tour guide
• German and English-speaking service on board
• Comfortable whisper audio system is used on all excursions
• Use of the fitness area, the swimming pool and spa with sauna (spa services additional)
• Entertainment programme and lectures
• All port and government charges
• Classic Beverage package – see below for inclusions


For an additional cost you may include a beverage package in your cruise. Choose from…

Classic Beverage Package: included in the fare price above
• House wine by the glass (white, rose and red)
• Sparkling house wine by the glass
• Port, Madeira and sherry
• Draft and bottled beers, non-alcoholic beer (excluding Guinness and Somersby Cider)
• All non-alcoholic cocktails
• Aperitifs (Aperol spritz/orange, Campari soda/orange)
• All non-alcoholic house beverages (juices and soft drinks)
• Mineral water and still water
• All coffee specialties (alcohol-free)
• Hot chocolate and tea

Premium Beverage Package: upgrade for an additional $735 AUD per person over the cruise.
• All classic package beverages shown above, as well as the following:
• Crémant by the glass
• Guinness (bottle) and Somersby Cider (bottle)
• All cocktails (alcoholic)
• San Pellegrino mineral water
• Premium mixers (e.g. Elderflower Fever Tree tonic water and Tonic 1724)
• Various scotches and whiskies (e.g. Chivas Regal 12 years, Jack Daniel`s Old No. 7)
• Various gins (e.g. Bombay Star, Tanqueray 10 and Hendrick`s)
• Various vodkas (e.g. Stolichnaya, Absolut Citron, Belvedere, Ketel One and Grey Goose)
• Various rums (e.g. Havana Club Anejo, Mount Gay, Pyrat XO Reserve and Sagatiba Pura Cachaca)
• Various tequilas (e.g. Jose Cuervo Silver and Gold, Patron Silver and Anejo and Don Julio Anejo)
• Various brandies and cognacs (e.g. Armagnac Cles des Ducs, Calvados, Grappa Alexander Cru and Hennessy VSOP)
• Various fruit brandies (raspberry, kirsch, mirabelle, fruit and Williams pear)
• Various liqueurs (e.g. Amaretto, Bailey’s, Frangelico, Galliano, Kahlua and Limoncello)
• Various bitters (Fernet Branca, Jagermeister)
• Various vermouths (e.g. Dubonnet Aperitif and Martini Bianco/Rosso)
• Aquavit (Bommerlunder and Loiten`s Linie)
(brands may vary depending on country that the cruise is visiting)

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (05Apr22). Some cabins may have obstructed views. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Offer ends 31Oct22 and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Prices subject to currency fluctuation until paid in full.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 26 May 2022 to 31 Oct 2022 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Pre-cruise Itinerary

05 Jan 2024 Make your own way to Manila, arrive by 5 January 2024
05 Jan 2024 FREE transfer from airport to hotel, Manila at leisure for 1 night
06 Jan 2024 FREE transfer from Manila hotel to port, embark Vasco da Gama

Cruise Itinerary

06 Jan 2024
Manila, Philippines
8:00 PM
07 Jan 2024
Coron, Philippines
11:00 AM 6:00 PM
08 Jan 2024
Puerto Princesa, Philippines
9:00 AM 11:30 PM
09 Jan 2024 At sea    
10 Jan 2024
Bohol, Philippines
7:00 AM 4:00 PM
11 Jan 2024 At sea    
12 Jan 2024 At sea    
13 Jan 2024
Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
8:00 PM
14 Jan 2024
Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
2:30 PM
15 Jan 2024
Komodo Island, Indonesia
10:00 AM 4:00 PM
16 Jan 2024
Kupang, West Timor, Indonesia
12:30 PM 7:00 PM
17 Jan 2024 At sea    
18 Jan 2024
Darwin, NT, Australia
7:00 AM 5:00 PM
19 Jan 2024 At sea    
20 Jan 2024 At sea    
21 Jan 2024
Cooktown, Qld, Australia
3:00 PM 11:30 PM
22 Jan 2024
Cairns, Qld, Australia
8:30 AM
23 Jan 2024
Cairns, Qld, Australia
6:00 PM
24 Jan 2024
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
7:00 AM 3:00 PM
25 Jan 2024 At sea    
26 Jan 2024
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
11:00 AM 8:00 PM
27 Jan 2024 At sea    
28 Jan 2024
Sydney, NSW, Australia
8:00 AM

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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Category Twin Per Person     Single Per Person
01 - Inside Cabin
04 - Outside Cabin with Porthole
09 - Outside Cabin with Window
13 - Outside Cabin with Balcony Front/Aft

On Epiphany Day 2024, you will board the VASCO DA GAMA in Manila. We will then explore the island state of the Philippines in all its diversity in the following days. On Bohol we will take you to the “most delicious” mountains in the world, the Chocolate Hills. Afterwards you can convince yourself with your own eyes that Bali is rightly called “Island of the Gods”. In Indonesia you will meet giant lizards, in Australia kangaroos, koalas and the colorful underwater fauna of the Great Barrier Reef. At Uluru, as the Aborigines call Ayers Rock, you will experience magical moments.

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, our friendly crew remains committed to your welfare.

In today’s cruise ship market, our ship is regarded as small due to the fact that we have limited passenger capacity. The beautiful teak-wood decks exude classic charm, working in perfect harmony with the ship’s elegant and modern appearance. At 219 metres long and with a volume of 55,820 GRT, the ship provides its guests with all the space they need to thrive, spread across nine passenger decks. On board, you’ll feel this spaciousness, for example, in the cabins and suites (16 to 102 sqm in size), five 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. And in our “Hollywood’s” show theatre over two decks, our on-board theatre company provides you with top-class evening entertainment. Bom espetáculo!

Our total of 550 crew members have just one goal: to make you feel comfortable! On top of the generous room-to-passenger ratio and our range of on-board facilities, the ample crew-to-guest ratio means you can find your own personal way to relax on board the ship. Whether you prefer to read a good book with a cool drink under the glass dome in our viewing lounge, the “Dome”, or would like to expend some of your energy in the outdoor sports areas, VASCO DA GAMA has the full range of options to choose from. For families, our children’s area over two decks and our special family cabins provide the ideal basis for an enjoyable holiday together – on family-friendly terms. We also have an attractive programme for singles: we have a cabin allocation for all dates with a single supplement of just 15%. Our chefs are, of course, able to meet all common dietary requirements. The ship also has some cabins for disabled guests and has a dialysis unit.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 219 m
  • Tonnage: 55,820
  • Maiden Voyage: 1993
  • Refurbished: 2021
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 1000

Ship Amenities

  • Individual Climate Control
  • Safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Hair Dryer

Ship Facilities

  • Children’s Area
  • Sports Area
  • Jogging Track
  • Nightclub
  • Fitness Centre
  • Spa
  • Al Fresco Grill
  • Pool
  • Lido Bar
  • Cappuccino’s
  • Club Bistro
  • Hollywood’s
  • Photo Gallery
  • Wine Bar
  • Bondi Conference Room
  • Noosa Conference Room
  • Waterfront Restaurant
  • Waterfront Eurasia
  • Waterfront Mediterranean
  • Chef’s Table
  • The Grill
  • Reading Room
  • Blue Room
  • Captain’s Club
  • Casino Lounge
  • Shopping Galleria
  • Ocean Bar

nicko cruises is one of the leading suppliers for river cruises in Europe and disposes over a modern as well as comfortable fleet. The company is active on two continents and travels through all tourist waterways in demand in the world as well as several coastal sections.

“More experiences. Enjoyed in comfort.” – that is the programme at nicko cruises. It does not matter in which part of the world: The comfort and individual travelling experience of the passengers are always in the foreground. Thanks to the many travelling routes that we offer, every person will find their matching river cruise. The ships of the nicko cruises fleet all have the equivalent standard (except Russia) of 4 to 5 star hotels on-land according to German standards.

And matching that, nicko cruises offers an exceptional service with a lot of passion for detail: from picking you up at the doorstep to attractive excursions on-land up to a wide variety of culinary offers on-board.

The language on board all nicko cruises ships is German and English. Since nicko cruises is increasingly opening up to the international market, it may be that foreign-language tour groups will be on board for individual departures. In such cases, announcements over loudspeaker or during evening events are made in German as well as the respective foreign language of the tour group.

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* Unless otherwise noted all pricing is on a per person twin share basis. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Special conditions may apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Any pricing not in Australian Dollars will be converted on the day of payment into the relevant currency based on our daily rate of exchange. Please note that many of the prices shown on this website are not shown in real time. Whilst we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ slightly from the live prices in our booking system. All pricing and offers are subject to availability at time of booking. Whilst all information is correct at the time of publication, offers are subject to change. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Please submit any data errors/omissions you may notice on this site.

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