Cruise to Australia
Join Columbus on the first leg of her epic 2020 World Cruise, to Australia. 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 visit five Polynesian island idylls, including Tahiti and Bora Bora. Experience Maori culture in volcanic Rotorua, and visit New Zealand's sparkling City of Sails, Auckland, and cosmopolitan capital, Wellington, before a final passage brings you into Sydney’s breathtaking harbour, where your fascinating, relaxing voyage of a lifetime comes to an end.
Life on board Columbus
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WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
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 London Tilbury
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.
Day Two: Rotterdam
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.
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 15: Willemstad, Curacao
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.
Day 17: Cartagena, Colombia
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.
Day 18: Colon for Panama City
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.
Day 29: 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 31-32: Papeete, French Polynesia
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.
Day 33: Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Today, legendary Bora Bora, a quintessential island paradise, with mountains, lagoons and sublime beaches, completes Columbus’s French Polynesian calls.
Day 38: 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 40: Suva, Fiji
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.
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 45: Auckland, New Zealand
Columbus crosses the International Date Line on her way to 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 47: Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand's cosmopolitan capital, Wellington, boasts striking modern architecture, colourful Botanic Gardens, and friendly bars, restaurants and cafes. Discover the city on a guided tour, or perhaps head around the bay to the grassy coastal landscape of Pencarrow Station - home to New Zealand's oldest lighthouse.
Day 51: Arrive in Sydney, Australia
Disembark at the end of yur cruise as Columbus arrives in vibrant, fun-loving Sydney.
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.
ADDED VAUE BENEFITS & DISCOUNTS - This offer applies to new bookings made between 14th February and 18th March 2019 (inclusive) only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. Any applicable Added Value benefits and discounts will be added to your booking automatically once you have selected your cabin, and any applicable discounts will be confirmed before purchase. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on the cabin and departure date selected. All offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. All fares exclude gratuities.