All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Columbus. Ports of call may be subject to change.
Day One: Depart Sydney, Australia
Join Columbus in Sydney, settle in and set off on your adventure.
Day Four: Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Isles, Australia
Today, Columbus calls at privately owned Hamilton Island, in Captain Cook’s Whitsundays archipelago (named after the day he arrived there in 1770). Spend a lazy day here, or take a boat to the other islands in the group. Alternatively, seek out the glass lifts that feature in some of the resort’s hotels, and take a ride to enjoy the stupendous views.
Day Six: Yorkey's Knob for Cairns, Australia
Continue your Australian exploration as Columbus stops in the beautiful anchorage of Yorkey’s Knob, about 40 miles north of Cairns. There will be opportunities to take a glass-bottomed boat to a coral cay - as this is the stopping-off for the extraordinary Great Barrier Reef - or head inland on an excursion into magnificent tropical rainforest of the Atherton Tablelands.
Day 10: Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
Having been captured by Commonwealth troops during World War I, occupied by the Japanese in World War II and then almost entirely destroyed by the eruption of Mt Tavurvur in 1994, Rabaul has certainly suffered a turbulent past. See the old Japanese Tunnels, explore its array of museums or make the most of the excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities.
Day 17: Yokohama for Tokyo, Japan
The great Japanese port of Yokohama offers easy access to the vast mega-metropolis of Tokyo. Join an excursion to discover some the Japanese capital's extraordinary sights - from ancient shrines and tranquil parks to the neon signs and electronics emporiums of Akihabara Electric Town and the apparent chaos of Shibuya Crossing.
Day 19: Kagoshima, Japan
Kagoshima, at the tip of Japan's southern island, Kyushu, is a tranquil counterpoint to the constant energy of Tokyo. This friendly, laid-back city lies beneath the cone of the Sakurajima volcano, on a beautiful bay. From here you'll have the chance to visit Nagasaki, the second (and last) city to feel the effects of an atomic bomb. Explore the city that provides the backdrop for 'Madame Butterfly', and where a Peace Park commemorates the world-shaping events of August 1945.
Day 22: Tianjin for Beijing, China
Today Columbus docks in Tianjin, on China's northeastern coast, giving you the chance to visit China’s astonishing capital, Beijing. See Tiananmen Square, site of Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum and the Great Hall of the People, and explore the huge complex of imperial palaces that make up the Forbidden City. A little further south, in Tiantan Park, you'll find the Temple of Heaven, the Ming Dynasty shrine that was the heart of ceremonial life in the city for five centuries.
Day 25: Shanghai, China
Spend the day in the great metropolis of Shanghai. Framed by a glitzy skyline of towering skyscrapers and the iconic, rocket-shaped TV Tower, China's most progressive city buzzes with futuristic energy. Yet beneath its gleaming facade there's a strong sense of old Shanghai. Explore the Old Town to see the bustling bazaars and markets, and take a stroll around the tranquil pools of the Yuyuan Garden.
Day 28: Hong Kong
A long stop in Hong Kong will give you lots of time to discover this exciting city. Explore under your own steam, or choose from optional excursions - to Victoria Peak, the floating city of Aberdeen, colourful Stanley Market, to take in the North Shore’s spectacular skyline or across Victoria Harbour on the Star Ferry.
Day 30: Halong Bay for Hanoi, Vietnam
Cruise into bewitching, UNESCO-listed Halong Bay, where countless limestone pillars and cone-shaped islands rise out of the water. An optional shore excursion, today, takes you to the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, with its labyrinthine '36 Old Streets', tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake and its island Ngoc Son Temple. Elsewhere in the city, highlights include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the former leader’s traditional house, the fascinating Museum of Ethnology and colourful Dong Xuan market.
Day 33: Phu My for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
A call close to Vietnam’s famous Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), brings opportunities to join a number of fascinating optional shore excursions. 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.
Day 35: Koh Samui, Thailand
Famous for its pristine, palm-fringed shores and brilliant blue waters, Koh Samui is the picture of paradise. Relax on the white sand beaches or head inland to climb the mountainous slopes and take in the breathtaking views.
Day 36: Laem Chabang for Bangkok, Thailand
Columbus docks in Laem Chabang this morning, bringing the chance to head into the Thai capital. A city of contrasts, Bangkok is an intriguing juxtaposition of old and new, with ancient temples standing alongside modern high rises. Explore its temples, gilded Buddhas and colourful Khlong (canals), and make sure you take the time to try some of the city's famous street food.
Day 39: Singapore
Spend the day in the island city-state of Singapore. Although crammed with high-rises, Singapore has been making a name for itself as one of the world's greenest cities. Marvel at the green skyscrapers, take a stroll through the innovative Gardens by the Bay or explore the UNESCO-listed Botanic Gardens, then perhaps treat yourself to a Singapore Sling at the bar in glitzy Raffles Hotel.
Day 40: Port Klang for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This afternoon Columbus docks in Port Klang, gateway to Kuala Lumpur. Head into the Malaysian capital to see the jumble of futuristic skyscrapers that punctuate a skyline dominated by the iconic Petronas Towers - the tallest twin towers in the world. Elsewhere, sights such as the preserved Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and Thean Hou Temple hint at the city's more traditional side.
Day 41: Penang, Malaysia
Step ashore in Penang for a taste of authentic Malaysian culture. Sample some of the delicious street food that the city is world famous for, or visit George Town to see the area's charming Chinese shophouses, then relax in the colourful tropical gardens or on the powdery sands of its pristine beaches.
Day 42: Langkawi, Malaysia
The 104 islands of the Langkawi archipelago have been a world conservation site since 2007, and tempt visitors with pristine beaches, majestic mountains and mysterious mangrove swamps. Columbus spends a morning anchored off the main island, Pulau Langkawi, giving you the chance to explore this enchanting tropical paradise.
Day 46: Cochin for overland to Taj Mahal and Delhi, India
Columbus reaches the shores of India this morning, to call in Kochi, or Cochin, on India's southwest coast. An important trading port for centuries, the city is a cultural melting pot, and has developed a distinctly European feel. From here, you'll have the chance to head off on a three-day excursion to Delhi and Agra, to see the Taj Mahal, before re-joining the ship in Mumbai.
Day 48: Mumbai, India
Today we reach Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay and long thought of as the gateway to India. The busy, energetic streets may not appear to offer many opportunities to relax, but look more closely and you’ll discover that they conceal beautiful examples of colonial architecture, hidden bazaars and tranquil temples. See the former Prince of Wales Museum and the Gothic Victoria Terminus railway station on today's optional shore excursion.
Day 52: Salalah, Oman
After yet more relaxing days aboard your floating home, you’ll arrive in Salalah, the "perfume capital of Arabia". The Sultanate of Oman’s second city, this ancient settlement is also gateway to a landscape of frankincense trees and coconut palms. Step ashore to explore or perhaps visit the ruins of ancient Khor Rori.
Day 57: Safaga for Luxor, Egypt
Columbus docks in Safaga, today, the Red Sea port closest to the ancient city of Luxor. Join an optional shore excursion, and spend your Easter Sunday exploring its vast temples and ancient tombs, all scattered around the mighty River Nile. Marvel at Luxor Temple and the Valley of the Kings, and you'll soon discover why the city is hailed as one of the greatest open-air museums.
Day 58: Aqaba for Petra, Jordan
Arriving in Jordan, Columbus moors in Aqaba, from where you'll have the opportunity to take an unforgettable optional excursion to the remarkable lost city of Petra. See the extraordinary ruins of an ancient city carved into the red-sandstone cliffs - one of the greatest archaeological wonders on the planet.
Day 60: Suez Transit
Today, Columbus makes the journey along the famous Suez Canal, which connects the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea. Relax on board as she heads towards a quartet of exciting destinations for the finale of this delightful cruise.
Day 61: Ashdod for Jerusalem, Israel
A call in Ashdod brings the chance to head into Israel and the Holy Land. Opt to take a shore excursion to the coastal resort city of Tel Aviv, or into the Judean Hills to visit Jerusalem. See the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, some of the world's most sacred sites.
Day 64: Valletta, Malta
Brimming with Baroque architecture that dates back to the 16th Century, tiny, UNESCO-listed Valletta is bursting with history. Having been named a European Capital of Culture for 2018, Malta's capital has seen an influx of excellent museums, bars and cafes across the city, and increasingly plays host to a string of cultural events throughout the year. Don't miss the breathtakingly intricate painted ceilings, gilded vaults and marble floors of St John’s Co-Cathedral, the city's Baroque main church.
Day 67: Gibraltar, BCC
Hugging the craggy slopes of its sacred Rock, compact Gibraltar is a curious slice of Britain tacked onto the bottom of Europe. Wander along its main street past the perfume shops and British stores, enjoy a drink at the newly developed Ocean Village or take the cable car (payable locally) up to the top of the rock to see the famous monkeys and admire the spectacular panoramic views - on clear days you might be able to spot Morocco on the horizon.
Day 68: Lisbon, Portugal
The last stop on our epic adventure is the great seafaring city of Lisbon - hub of the Age of Discovery. Our final shore excursion will give you the chance to explore the Portuguese capital before Columbus begins her final two-day passage home in the afternoon.
Day 71: Disembark in London Tilbury
Columbus arrives in London Tilbury, this morning, concluding an unforgettable odyssey.