An epic cruise adventure
Sail to 40 fascinating destinations around the world on this once-in-a-lifetime cruise. Join Columbus in Tilbury and spend four months navigating the world's oceans, cruising first across the Atlantic to the tropical waters of the Caribbean, then head through the Panama Canal to Mexican fiesta town Acapulco, and on to South Pacific island paradises and the lands ‘Down Under’. Return north from Sydney, past the Great Barrier Reef and on to Japan, China and the colourful lands of South East Asia, before the wonders of India and the ancient treasures of Arabia herald a passage through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean and finally home.
Life on board Columbus
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WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Day One: Depart London Tilbury
Join Columbus in London Tilbury, settle in and set off on your round-the-world cruise adventure.
Day Two: Amsterdam
Call in delightful Amsterdam, with its canals and waterways, before sailing south to the sun. Relax as the days become warmer and you head towards Spain and the Atlantic.
Day Seven: Ponta Delgada, The Azores
Arriving in the verdant, mid-Atlantic Azores archipelago, there’s a welcome opportunity to step ashore in historic Ponta Delgada. The city has been a stopping-off point for transatlantic sailors down the centuries.
Day 14: Bridgetown, Barbados
Experience bustling, colourful, cricket-loving Bridgetown today. This Barbadian getaway is a gateway to some of the Caribbean’s most popular resorts.
Day 16: Oranjestad, Aruba
Beyond the glitzy resorts and luxury beachside retreats of Aruba, the island capital, Oranjestad, bustles with life. Take advantage of the duty-free shopping, try your luck in the casinos, or discover the cactuses, coastal views and abandoned gold mines of Arikok National Park.
Day 18: Cristobal for Panama City
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. Re-join the ship during the afternoon for the transit of the Panama Canal.
Day 23: Acapulco, Mexico
Call in the legendary Mexican ‘fiesta town’ of Acapulco. A full day here offers a taste of Central America in an idyllic setting that has withstood the tests of time and tourism.
Day 31: Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia
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.
Days 33-34: Papeete, French Polynesia
Perhaps the most famous South Pacific island of all is idyllic Tahiti. Its capital, Papeete, 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.
Day 35: Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Today, legendary Bora Bora, a quintessential island paradise, with mountains, lagoons and sublime beaches, completes Columbus’s trio of French Polynesian calls.
Day 40: Nuku'alofa, Kingdom of Tonga
Columbus arrives at the tiny island of Tonga, today. Disembark to explore the colourful, charismatic capital, Nuku'alofa, home to a bustling main street, numerous churches, the Royal Palace and a lively market brimming with local produce, handicrafts and livestock.
Day 43: Auckland, New Zealand
Cross the International Date Line before you call in 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.
Day 44: Tauranga for Rotorua
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.
Day 46: Christchurch, New Zealand
Explore the "the most English city outside England", as Columbus calls in Akaroa on the headland to the south east of Christchurch. Head into Christchurch and join a guided tour of the Garden City’s cardboard cathedral, restored historic tramway and Re:START shopping complex (built of stacked and recycled shipping containers).
Day 47: Picton, New Zealand
The pretty port of Picton shelters in the heart of the drowned river valleys, hidden coves and rocky headlands of the Marlborough Sounds, on the Grove Arm of spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound, and across the Cook Strait from the New Zealand capital, Wellington. Explore the city, and its museums of whaling, maritime history and local culture before the ship heads west once more.
Day 51: Sydney, Australia
Vibrant, fun-loving Sydney’s iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge and famous beaches are just a handful of the highlights of this wonderful city.
Day 54: 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 56: 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 60: 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 67: 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 69: 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 72: 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 75: 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 78: 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 80: 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 83: 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 85: 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 86: 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 89: 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 90: 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 91: 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 92: 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 96: 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 98: 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 102: 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 107: 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 108: 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 110: 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 111: 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 114: 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 117: 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 118: Lisbon, Portugal
The last stop on our epic world cruise 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 121: Disembark in London Tilbury
Columbus arrives back in London Tilbury, this morning, concluding an unforgettable round-the-world odyssey.
Days marked above with an anchor include ports where you will be transferred to shore by landing boat. These ports may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties as a result. Any days not listed will be spent at sea.
The duration stated for this cruise (which crosses the International Date Line) is based on the calendar year. However, the cruise is priced to take into account of any lost or gained days when crossing the Date Line.
British Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.
Foreign Office travel advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.