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Travel agents aboard Vasco da Gama in Sydney with Cruise Traveller Managing Director Joseph O’Sullivan

A group of travel agents have enjoyed a sneak peek at a new cruise line making its debut in Australia.

Vasco da Gama docked in Sydney yesterday for the first time under the German brand, nicko cruises, as part of a round-the-world voyage.

Named after the 15th century Portuguese explorer, the 1,000-guest ship is the flagship of the company’s fleet.

Agents were invited for a relaxed lunch tour aboard, hosted by the company’s Australian representative, Cruise Traveller, which specialises in small ships.

Cruise Traveller Managing Director Joseph O’Sullivan and NSW Partnership Manager Julie Donaldson welcomed the agents onboard along with Captain Adrian Firsov, with the agents visiting the bridge, cabins and public areas and enjoying a four-course lunch onboard.

Known for its space and understated elegance, the nine-deck Vasco da Gama boasts sleek teak decks, five deluxe bars and lounges, five restaurants, spa centre with sauna, steam bath and gym, two pools, three Jacuzzis and a two-storey show theatre.

Many Australians are sailing aboard the ship during sectors in and out of the country.