All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Columbus. Ports of call may be subject to change.
Columbus sails from London Tilbury as you familiarise yourself with your new, floating home, and spend the first of many wonderful evenings in the company of fellow adventurers.
Call in delightful Amsterdam, and explore its canals and waterways, before Columbus sets sail, heading south to warmer waters.
The great seafaring city of Lisbon - hub of the Age of Discovery - is our next port of call. A shore excursion here will introduce the Portuguese capital before Columbus begins her voyage in earnest, heading out into the Atlantic tonight.
Madeira is one of the world's most beautiful islands - a sun-blessed, lush, sub-tropical paradise, home to one of the most vibrant and profound collections of exotic, colourful flora on Earth. The verdant island capital, Funchal, is a relaxing and captivating port of call. Don't miss the exhilaration of a wickerwork 'toboggan' ride from Monte to Livramento!
Experience bustling, colourful, cricket-loving Bridgetown today. This Barbadian getaway is a gateway to some of the Caribbean's most popular resorts.
Tropical rainforests, spectacular mountain scenery, vanilla plantations and the scents of nutmeg, cloves, ginger and cinnamon make the Spice Island of Grenada a very special place. Spend time savouring its wares in the street markets of St Georges, head for hilltop Fort George and don't miss the chance to take a water taxi to Grand Anse beach.
Cartagena is a Spanish colonial treasure on the Colombian coast. Visit Downtown to discover streets and squares lined by brightly coloured buildings and bougainvillea-covered mansions, elegant balconies and magnificent churches.
As Columbus calls at Cristobal on the Caribbean side of the Panama Canal, there's a chance to cross by coach to the Pacific and visit Panama City itself. Alternatively, stay aboard as Columbus heads through the first stretch of the canal into Gatan Lake, a vast, manmade stretch of water that's also among the most important ecological zones in the Americas.
One of your cruise's more unusual highlights is today's passage through the remaining stretch of the historic and astounding Panama Canal, the 82-kilometre 'short cut' between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
After a week of balmy days at sea, the breathtaking islands of French Polynesia are a colourful sight. Taiohae harbour, on tiny Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Isles, is your first chance to absorb the atmosphere of this languid, tropical world.
Tahiti is, perhaps, the most famous South Pacific island. Its capital, Pape'ete, is home to historic Le Marche market, the lush Vaipaha Gardens and a perfect lagoon, and seems to have appeared straight out of a Gauguin painting. Columbus will spend the night here, giving you ample time to enjoy your idyllic surroundings.
Moving westwards into the islands of French Polynesia, today, Columbus cruises to Mo'orea, whose green-clad mountains rise out of the shallow, blue waters of its surrounding lagoon. Step ashore to explore this land of pastel-painted houses and colourful gardens.
Today, legendary Bora Bora, a quintessential island paradise, with mountains, lagoons and sublime beaches, completes Columbus's Polynesian calls.
Columbus crosses the International Date Line on her way to Auckland, the glittering 'City of Sails' on New Zealand's North Island. Step ashore to take in the Auckland Museum's priceless carvings and artefacts, or to enjoy a trip up the 328-metre Sky Tower, the country's tallest structure.
Rotorua is one of New Zealand's most popular destinations. Join a shore excursion to discover bubbling hot-springs, gushing geysers and the traditional Maori culture of the Te Arawa people. Visit the fascinating Agrodome for a display of sheep-shearing skills, see the traditional Maori village of Te Puia and the wondrous Thermal Reserve, with its boiling mud pools and geysers.
After cruising past the hidden coves, glorious white sand beaches and tiny islets of the Bay of Islands, Columbus anchors in blue waters teeming with marine life. Head ashore to explore Paihia's shops and stalls, or to explore New Zealand's beautiful north-east corner.
Vibrant, fun-loving Sydney's iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge and famous beaches are just a handful of the highlights of this wonderful city. Make the most of your visit with an overnight stay.
Set to the north of Cairns, gateway to Queensland's tropical interior and a stopping-off point for the incredible Great Barrier Reef, the beautiful anchorage of Yorkey's Knob offers plenty of distractions, today. Take a glass-bottomed boat to a coral cay, or head inland into the magnificent tropical rainforest.
Sail round the Cape York Peninsula, through the Arafura Sea, to your final Australian call, Darwin. From here you'll be able to join a shore excursion to the World Heritage Site at Kakadu National Park, with its swamps, mangroves, salt-water crocodiles and ancient aboriginal art.
Today's first Indonesian island call offers the possibility of seeing komodo dragons in the wild. These famous and fearsome lizards are found only here and neighbouring Rinca, so join a National Park ranger to explore.
Raised from the ruins of WWII, the prosperous capital of the Philippines is a jaw-dropping, cosmopolitan melting pot of cultures. While Old Manila provides an insight to the city's past, and the restored cathedral reflects its status as Asia's largest Christian settlement, reminders of its long-term ties with the west can be seen throughout.
The port-city of Keelung on Taiwan's northeastern coast, welcomes us to this fascinating, historic island-nation, today. Taiwan's fascinating mix of ancient tradition and vibrant modernity, especially in its capital Taipei, promises to be one of the highlights of the entire cruise.
Columbus spends two days in Shanghai - one of the world's most amazing cities. See the colonial grandeur of the buildings that line the Bund on the west bank of the Huangpu River, and the towering futuristic skyscrapers and rocket-shaped Pearl TV Tower of the east. Explore the old city's bustling bazaars and street markets, and the tranquil pools, bridges and ornate pavilions of the Yuyuan Garden that shelter in its heart.
Discover still more of China's complex colonial history and modern energy as Columbus spends two days in Hong Kong. Explore under your own steam, or choose from optional excursions - to Victoria Peak, floating city Aberdeen, colourful Stanley Market, to take in the North Shore's spectacular skyline or cross Victoria Harbour on the Star Ferry.
Today Columbus calls in the tiny port of Chan May, gateway to central Vietnam's stunning beaches and UNESCO-listed treasures. Take a shore excursion, perhaps to see pretty riverside Hoi An's preserved traditional buildings or to enchanting Imperial City Hue, where Royal pavilions and the tombs of emperors are hidden behind imposing walls.
As Columbus docks close to Vietnam's famous Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), you'll have the chance to visit the remarkable Cu Chi tunnel complex - a former Viet Cong base - or the Mekong Delta's scenic landscape of rice paddies, orchards and colourful market towns.
Your next cruise call is the island haven of Koh Samui, the ultimate, palm-fringed idyll of white sands and turquoise sea. Spend the day exploring the island, perhaps heading into the mountainous interior for spectacular views, or simply soaking up the sun on the island's stunning beaches.
As Columbus docks in bustling port of Laem Chabang you'll have the chance to visit the Thai capital, Bangkok. Take a shore excursion to discover the city's palaces and temples, gigantic Buddhas and network of khlong canals, or perhaps spend a day of rest and relaxation on one of the idyllic beaches that line the coast.
Your final port is the dynamic island-city and former British outpost of Singapore. Here the remnants of its rich history - in Little India, China Town, the Colonial District and Raffles Hotel - meet glitzy malls and Marina Bay's futuristic wonders. Shop, sightsee or join optional excursions to experience it all before you disembark at the end of a wonderful adventure.