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Cruise west to the Far East

Join Columbus as she begins her epic 2020 World Cruise, sailing away from winter’s gloom via the balmy Caribbean, through the Panama Canal and on to the island paradises of the South Pacific, New Zealand and "the land Down Under". Stop in New Zealand’s Tauranga, gateway to volcanic Rotorua, and Auckland, the sparkling City of Sails; explore Sydney and see the Great Barrier Reef. Cruise through the South China Sea, stopping in Papua New Guinea and Japan on the way, then end your cruise with three calls in China to discover the extraordinary capital city, Beijing, ever-changing Shanghai and the spectacular former British colony of Hong Kong, where your voyage draws to a close. 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?

  • 77 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: 0545hrs

    Depart: 1600hrs

    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

    Depart: 2200hrs

    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.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 2300hrs

    Crossing the Cook Strait, Columbus makes her last stop in New Zealand in the cosmopolitan Kiwi capital, Wellington. See the city's striking modern architecture and colourful Botanic Gardens, and explore its host of bars, restaurants and cafes, before the ship heads west once more.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 2100hrs

    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 and discover them, today.

  • Arrive: 0900hrs

    Depart: 2300hrs

    Today, Columbus anchors off Airlie Beach, the pretty mainland port across the water from the idyllic Whitsundays archipelago (named after the day Captain Cook arrived there in 1770). Spend a lazy day here, or take a boat to the islands, where the snorkelling and beaches are both world class, and where luxurious resorts offer visitors an array of additional comforts to complement your glorious surroundings.

  • Arrive: 0600hrs

    Depart: 2000hrs

    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 place for the extraordinary Great Barrier Reef - or head inland on an excursion into the magnificent tropical rainforest of the Atherton Tablelands.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 1800hrs

    Nestled into the north of Papua New Guinea, Madang is surrounded by towering rainforests, crystal-clear coastal waters and beautiful volcanic islands. Make the most of your time in this tropical paradise - it's your last chance to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the South Pacific before Columbus cruises back over the Equator on her way to Japan.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 1900hrs

    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.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 2000hrs

    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.

  • Arrive: 0600hrs

    Depart: 2200hrs

    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.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Depart: 2030hrs

    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.

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Say goodbye to Columbus, her crew and your fellow passengers as she arrives in Hong Kong, 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

  • 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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