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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
  • Delicious full board cuisine
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of 6 nights or more)
  • Self service tea & coffee (6am to midnight)
  • Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
  • Daytime activities and leisure facilities
  • Guest speaker and arts & crafts (cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • Porterage of luggage, port to cabin
  • Port Taxes

Your Itinerary

  • Depart: 1900hrs

    Board Columbus in Tilbury, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.

  • Arrive: 1200hrs

    Depart: 2000hrs

    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.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 2000hrs

    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.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 1800hrs

    Columbus's first sun-kissed Caribbean call is relaxed Curacao's capital, Willemstad. Discover a UNESCO World Heritage site full of colonial charm.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 1700hrs

    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.

  • Arrive: 1200hrs

    Depart: 2300hrs

    As Columbus calls at Colon 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.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 1800hrs

    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.

  • Arrive: 1900hrs (Day 31)

    Depart: 2000hrs (Day 32)

    Perhaps the most famous South Pacific island of all is idyllic Tahiti. 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.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 1800hrs

    Today, legendary Bora Bora, a quintessential island paradise, with mountains, lagoons and sublime beaches, completes Columbus's trio of French Polynesian calls.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 2300hrs

    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.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 2300hrs

    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.

  • Arrive: 0600hrs

    Depart: 1700hrs

    Rotorua is one of New Zealand's most popular destinations. Join a shore excursion from Tauranga to discover its 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.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Say goodbye to Columbus, her crew and your fellow passengers as she arrives in Auckland, today, and you disembark at the end of a wonderful cruise.


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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