Auckland To London Cruise
- Duration: 77 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99772
- Travel Type: Make your own way
76 nights. February 2020. From £7359.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
Join Columbus in Auckland, New Zealand’s sparkling City of Sails, as she begins the second half of her epic 2020 World Cruise back to London. Relax aboard the glittering flagship, and visit a roll call of "must-do, must-see" places. Discover the "Land Down Under" as you visit beautiful Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef. Take in the startling sights and ancient cultures of China and Japan - as well as bustling Southeast Asian cities and pristine, white-sand beaches. Savour the flavours and scents of Sri Lanka and India, cross the Arabian Sea to discover landscapes filled with pyramids, ruined temples and historic cities, and head through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean and home.
What's Included76 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
Holiday HighlightsTake a long, leisurely journey home
Experience some extraordinary ports of call
Spend many lazy days at sea
Explore the Kiwi capital, Wellington
Sail into Sydney's famous harbour
Cruise through blue waters past the Great Barrier Reef
Discover fascinating Papua New Guinea
Visit bewildering, enchanting Tokyo from Yokohama
Kagoshima is Japan's "Naples of the East"
Tianjin - your gateway to Beijing
Shanghai's mix of ancient and eye-popping modern
Gasp at Hong Kong's astonishing skyline
Sail through Vietnam's Halong Bay
Discover Ho Chi Minh City from Phu My
Sihanoukville - your gateway to Cambodia's beaches and ancient Wats
Explore colourful Bangkok on an excursion from Laem Chabang
Visit Kuala Lumpur from Malaysian Port Klang
Penang - a quintessential island idyll
Sri Lankan capital Colombo radiates colourful life
Calls in Kochi and Mumbai bring the chance to head inland into India
Cross the Arabian Sea
Discover Luxor and Petra on shore excursions from Safaga and Aqaba
Head back through the Suez Canal to the Med
Haifa - your gateway to wondrous Jerusalem
Visit Athens as Columbus calls in Piraeus
Gibraltar brings a taste of home
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Depart from Auckland, New Zealand
Depart: 1800hrs Join Columbus as she arrives in Auckland, the glittering City of Sails on New Zealand's North Island. Settle in to your cabin, then relax on board and get to know the ship, her crew and your fellow travellers.
Day 3Wellington, New Zealand
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2300hrs 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 7Sydney, Australia
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.
Day 10Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia
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.
Day 12Yorkey's Knob, Australia
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.
Day 14Madang, Papua New Guinea
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.
Day 23Yokohama, 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 of 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 25Kagoshima, Japan
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.
Day 28Tianjin, China
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.
Day 31Shanghai, China
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2030hrs Columbus spends today in Shanghai - one of the world's most amazing cities. See the colonial grandeur of the buildings that line the Bund on the west bank of the Huangpu River, and the towering futuristic skyscrapers and rocket-shaped Pearl TV Tower of the east. Explore the old city's bustling bazaars and street markets, and the tranquil pools, bridges and ornate pavilions of the Yuyuan Garden that shelter in its heart.
Day 34Hong Kong
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2000hrs Discover still more of China's complex colonial history and modern energy as Columbus spends a day in Hong Kong. Explore under your own steam, or choose from optional excursions - to Victoria Peak, floating city Aberdeen or colourful Stanley Market; to take in the North Shore's spectacular skyline or cross Victoria Harbour on the Star Ferry.
Day 36Halong Bay, Vietnam
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2300hrs 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 39Phu My, Vietnam
Arrive: 0600hrs Depart: 2300hrs 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 41Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1800hrs Cambodia offers you the chance to unwind and relax on its perfect white beaches, and to enjoy the warm tranquil waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The ruins of Angkor, the capital city of the Khmer Empire, should be on every visitor’s list. Here the vast temple complex of Angkor Wat has become the Cambodian equivalent of the Taj Mahal, and was intended as both a state temple and the eventual mausoleum for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th Century.
Day 42Laem Chabang, Thailand
Arrive: 1100hrs Depart: 2400hrs 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.
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2100hrs 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 46Port Klang, Malaysia
Arrive: 1200hrs Depart: 1900hrs 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 47Penang, Malaysia
Arrive: 0930hrs Depart: 1900hrs 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 51Colombo, Sri Lanka
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2200hrs Today Columbus calls in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. Explore the restored Fort area of this bustling city, and the ancient street markets of Pettah, or perhaps take a shore excursion into the lush, temple-studded countryside.
Day 53Kochi, India
Arrive: 0600hrs Depart: 1800hrs Kochi (also known as Cochin) on India's southwestern coast is built across a series of islands. A trading port for centuries, the city has a distinctly European feel, especially in Fort Cochin. It is also the port from which you can depart on a three-day excursion overland to discover Delhi and Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, before re-joining Columbus in Mumbai.
Day 55Mumbai, India
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2200hrs In former Bombay you'll see sweeping Marine Drive, the monumental arch of the Gateway of India and the colonial splendour of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Explore the grand former Prince of Wales Museum and the vast, Gothic fantasy of the Victoria Terminus railway station - all highlights on today's optional shore excursion.
Day 63Safaga, Egypt
Arrive: 0400hrs Depart: 2000hrs From the Red Sea port of Safaga, an optional full-day excursion will take you to Luxor, once the ancient Egyptian capital Thebes. Discover the ruined temples of Luxor and Karnak, the vast columns of the Hypostyle Hall, and the awe-inspiring Valley of the Kings - where Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon discovered Tutankhamun's tomb.
Day 64Aqaba, Jordan
Arrive: 0930hrs Depart: 2100hrs Today brings another spectacular optional excursion - from the luxurious Jordanian port of Aqaba to the extraordinary "Rose Red" city of Petra. Etched into the sandstone cliffs and hillsides the lost city's extraordinary buildings are among the most unforgettable sights on Earth.
Day 66Suez Transit
Arrive: 0400hrs Depart: 1700hrs Passage through the world's most famous - and busiest - waterway, the Suez Canal, brings Columbus into the Mediterranean, where a trio of calls brings the opportunity to discover yet more wonders a little closer to home.
Day 67Haifa, Israel
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2000hrs A call in Haifa 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 69Pireaus, Greece
Arrive: 1200hrs Depart: 1900hrs Today Columbus docks in Piraeus for a visit to beguiling, bustling Athens. Don't miss the chance to climb the Acropolis to the ruins of the Parthenon, one of the world's most enduring monuments, and an awe-inspiring window onto the city's rich Classical past.
Day 73Gibraltar, BCC
Arrive: 1300hrs Depart: 1800hrs A call in Gibraltar brings a first real taste of home. Wander past familiar British shops on Main Street, or perhaps take the cable-car to the top of the Rock for views across the Straits to Africa.
Day 77Arrive in London Tilbury
Arrive: 0800hrs Columbus arrives back in London Tilbury at the end of her epic passage home. Back to top
Passport requirementsBritish 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 adviceVisit 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.