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Cruise halfway around the world

Join Columbus on the first leg of her epic 2020 World Cruise, to New Zealand. Setting sail from Tilbury she'll head – via the verdant Azores - to the warm seas and blue skies of the Caribbean, call in Curacao and the enchanting, colourful Colombian city of Cartagena, and cruise through the Panama Canal into the Pacific. Spend sunny days and balmy nights on board the glittering flagship as you cruise into the South Pacific, a world away from winter’s grey and gloom, and call at five Polynesian island idylls, including Tahiti and Bora Bora. After chance to experience Maori culture in volcanic Rotorua, you'll disembark in Auckland, North Island's principal port and your gateway to the glorious scenery of Land of the Long White Cloud. Full of fascinating sights and wonderful experiences, and with plenty of time to rest, relax and enjoy all the ship’s comforts and amenities, this will really be a voyage of a lifetime.

What does this price include?

  • 44 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
  • Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
  • On-board entertainment as arranged
  • Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
  • The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
  • Port charges and taxes

Your Itinerary

  • Join Columbus in London Tilbury on Monday 6th January, settle in and enjoy the excitement as you set sail on the first stage of your great adventure.
  • Columbus reaches her first port of call today: the Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam. Step ashore to see the stunning architecture of the Erasmus Bridge and the remarkable Markthal food market. Browse the World-class museums, explore the lovingly preserved Old Harbour and stroll past nearby Delfshaven's step-gabled houses and ancient wharves.
  • 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.
  • The UNESCO-listed streets of Willemstad, on Curacao, welcome Columbus today. While here you may be able to visit the distillery where the island’s blue liqueur is produced, ride a trolley train around the city and join excursions to the extraordinary limestone caves at Hato or out to the coral reefs to the south of the island on a semi-submarine.
  • 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 Colon at the Caribbean entrance to 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.

  • 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, 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. Columbus will spend the night here, giving you ample time to enjoy your idyllic surroundings.
  • Today, legendary Bora Bora, a quintessential island paradise, with mountains, lagoons and sublime beaches, completes Columbus’s French Polynesian calls.

  • 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.

  • The largest city in the South Pacific and the capital of Fiji's 300-odd idyllic islands, Suva is a melting pot of Indo-Fijian and colonial influences. Uncover the history and culture of the islands at the Fiji Museum, which stands amid the landscaped lawns and beds of Turston Gardens. The ocean-going war canoes, in particularly the 13-metre double-hull Ratu Finau Tui Nayau, in the Maritime Gallery, are particular highlights.
  • 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.
  • Your epic voyage south and west draws to an end, today, as you disembark in New Zealand's City of Sails.

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.

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Further Information

  • 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.
  • 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.

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