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Columbus 2021 Grand Round The World Cruise

  • Duration: 121 days
  • Board Basis: Full Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TNEW99626

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Make your own way to port

120 nights. January 2021. From £9499.00.

An epic cruise adventure

Join Columbus as she bids farewell to Britain's shores and winter's grey and gloom to set off on an extraordinary, four-month world cruise, cruising towards the warmth and sunshine of some of the world's most exciting and enthralling destinations. Head south and west to the balmy Caribbean, then on through the Panama Canal into the Pacific. Stop in South Sea Island paradises including Tahiti and Tonga. Explore Auckland, New Zealand, and Australia’s glittering Sydney, before turning north once more. Exotic, sun-kissed ports in South East Asia, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Seychelles brings you to the shores and skies of Africa. From there you'll head back across the Atlantic, via remote Tristan da Cunha. A trio of Brazilian calls, and a voyage home via Cape Verde, Morocco and Lisbon, complete the unforgettable experience.

What's Included

120 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

Holiday Highlights

A four-month epic voyage
Discover more than 35 stunning ports of call
Enjoy lazy days at sea
Dutch Maritime city Rotterdam
Explore Oporto from Leixoes
Cross the Atlantic via the Azores
Bridgetown, Barbados and St George’s, Grenada – Caribbean colour
Elegant Colombian Cartagena
Transit the Panama Canal into the Pacific Ocean
A quintet of South Pacific idylls includes Tahiti, Bora Bora and Tonga
Glittering Auckland and majestic Sydney – Down Under gems
Cruise the Great Barrier Reef
Eye-popping Singapore
Penang and Phuket – island paradises
Call in the Seychelles and the Maldives
African calls include Mombasa, Durban and Cape Town
Visit remote British outpost Tristan da Cunha
Cross the Atlantic to a trio of Brazilian gems, including Rio
Return home via Cape Verde, Casablanca and Lisbon
PRICE FROM ? £9499 per person
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Day 1

Depart from London Tilbury
Depart: 1700hrs Board Columbus in Tilbury, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.

Day 2

Rotterdam, Netherlands
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1700hrs Columbus's first stop is 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 5

Leixoes, Portugal
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1600hrs A call at the Portuguese port of Leixoes gives you the chance to step ashore and perhaps join an optional shore excursion to the historic city of Oporto, in its pretty setting on the River Douro. The excursion will include a visit to one of the Port wine lodges and time for sightseeing.

Day 8

Ponta Delgada, Azores
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs As Columbus arrives 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

Bridgetown, Barbados
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2000hrs Columbus spends today in the bustling, colourful capital of Barbados, Bridgetown, giving you time to head ashore in search of exquisite beaches, swanky resort-hotels and exclusive shore-side restaurants.

Day 16

St George's , Grenada
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs The gorgeous Spice Island of Grenada - famed for its nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger - welcomes you today. Wander the maze-like streets and visit the horseshoe harbour of the island's British Colonial capital, St George's.

Day 19

Cartagena, Colombia
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1400hrs 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 20

Colon, Panama
Arrive: 0900hrs 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, man-made stretch of water that's also among the most important ecological zones in the Americas.

Day 21

Transit Panama Canal, Panama

Day 31

Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia
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.

Days 33-34

Pape'ete, French Polynesia
Arrive: 1900hrs (Day 33) Depart: 2100hrs (Day 34) 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.

Day 35

Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1900hrs Today, legendary Bora Bora, a quintessential island paradise, with mountains, lagoons and sublime beaches, completes Columbus's trio of French Polynesian calls.

Day 36

Huahine, Maroe Bay, French Polynesia
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1700hrs Continuing west across the Pacific, Vasco da Gama cruises to Huahine, whose green-clad mountains rise out of the shallow, blue waters of its surrounding lagoon. Step ashore to explore this land of pastel-painted houses and glorious beaches.

Day 38

Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs Rugby Union-loving Rarotonga is the principal port of the Cook Islands. Meet some of the world’s friendliest islanders here, and discover their traditions and musical heritage. It's a memorable conclusion to your journey across the South Pacific.

Day 42

Nuku'alofa, Kingdom of Tonga
Arrive: 0800hrs 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.

Day 46

Auckland, New Zealand
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.

Days 49-50

Sydney, Australia
Arrive: 0700hrs (Day 49) Depart: 1900hrs (Day 50) 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.

Day 53

Airlie Beach, Australia
Arrive: 0800hrs 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 54

Cruising Barrier Reef

Day 55

Yorkey's Knob, Australia
Arrive: 0500hrs 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 56

Cruising Barrier Reef

Day 59

Darwin, Australia
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1700hrs Sail around the Cape York Peninsula and through the Arafura Sea to your final Australian call, Darwin. From here you’ll be able to join a shore excursion to the World Heritage Site at Kakadu National Park, with its swamps, mangroves, salt-water crocodiles and ancient aboriginal art.

Day 62

Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1700hrs Bali's port of Benoa, is your gateway to an island as welcoming and colourful as any on the planet. Head ashore to discover some of the delights of the south of the island, or take an excursion to explore further afield.  

Day 65

Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2200hrs In Singapore, the remnants of the city's rich history - in Little India, China Town, the Colonial District and Raffles Hotel - meet glitzy malls and Marina Bay's futuristic wonders. Shop, sightsee or join optional excursions to experience it all.

Day 66

Malacca, Malaysia
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 2000hrs In the ancient coastal city of Malacca (now called Melaka) 600 years of history have shaped a vibrant, beautiful city. See the red pillars of Chinatown and the Dutch colonial Stadthuys, the fortified Porta de Santiago gateway and the churches of St Peter and St Paul (one-time burial place of Jesuit missionary St Francis Xavier).

Day 67

Port Klang, Malaysia
Arrive: 0600hrs Depart: 1900hrs Cruising along the Malaysian coast, Columbus calls at historic Port Klang, gateway to Kuala Lumpur. The Malay capital itself boasts the sky-piercing Petronas Towers among its spectacular sights, and a shore excursion will reveal this buzzing, cosmopolitan city, where the preserved Old Railway Station contrasts with glitzy new developments.

Day 68

Penang, Malaysia
Arrive: 0830hrs Depart: 1800hrs Colourful, Malaysian Penang is a feast for the senses. Step ashore to discover sensational street food, George Town's traditional Chinese shophouses, stunning beaches and breathtaking tropical gardens.

Day 69

Phuket, Thailand
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2300hrs Phuket is an island paradise with luxurious developments, rubber plantations and a bustling main town. Enjoy a last taste of the east, or perhaps a last visit to an idyllic beach, before Columbus heads across the Andaman Sea and into the Indian Ocean.

Day 73

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2300hrs 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 to take a shore excursion into the lush, temple-studded countryside.

Day 75

Male, Maldives
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2000hrs Male, island capital of the idyllic Maldives archipelago, is a wonderfully colourful place dominated by the dome of the Friday Mosque. It's also your last Asian call as Columbus heads towards Africa.

Day 79

Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs The tiny capital of the Seychelles, Victoria, is beautifully set against a backdrop of forested hills. Step ashore to explore the streets of the town, visit the verdant Morne Seychellois National Park nestled in the rugged interior or head to one of the stunning beaches to relax on the white sands and in the crystal-clear, azure waters.

Days 82-83

Mombasa, Kenya
Arrive: 0700hrs (Day 82) Depart: 1800hrs (Day 83) Columbus arrives on the East African mainland, to spend two days in Mombasa, Kenya’s second-largest city. From here you'll be able to join one of your cruise’s most memorable optional shore excursions, and spend a night in the Tsavo East Park, enjoying close-up encounters with some of the world’s most endangered and revered species on guided game drives. Alternatively, enjoy guided tours of Mombasa’s fascinating Old Town and historic Fort Jesus, or head to the spectacular beaches.

Day 88

Durban, South Africa
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs Cosmopolitan Durban, with its surfers’ beaches and its seafront boulevard, welcomes Columbus today. The optional shore excursions available will include the chance to visit the Shakaland Cultural Village, where the traditions of the Zulu nation are celebrated and explained, and the chance to join an overnight safari-stay in world-famous Kruger National Park (re-joining the ship in Richards Bay tomorrow).

Day 89

East London, South Africa
Arrive: 1200hrs Depart: 1800hrs East London is a city far removed from its UK namesake. Head ashore to discover beaches like Nahoon and Cove Rock, catch glimpses of Victorian grandeur amid its colourful attractions, and perhaps choose from some fascinating shore excursions to locations like lush Tsitsikamma National Park or the famed Addo Elephant National Park - on your day here.

Days 91-92

Cape Town, South Africa
Arrive: 0600hrs (Day 91) Depart: 1300hrs (Day 92) It's worth rising early today so you can head out on deck to watch as Columbus arrives in Cape Town - one of the world’s most beautiful port-cities. While here, why not take in the view (weather permitting) from the summit plateau of Table Mountain, visit poignant Robben Island. or browse the shops and stores along the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront? There will also be the chance to follow the Garden Route east across the Western Cape on an overnight optional excursion.

Day 96

Tristan da Cunha, BCC
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1700hrs Almost halfway between South Africa and the South American coast, Tristan is a tiny cluster of volcanic islands and one of several British Overseas Territories dotted across the South Atlantic. Here, some 250 inhabitants share the world's most remote island location with colonies of fur seals, rockhopper penguins, albatrosses and the world's smallest flightless bird. The post office at the archipelago's main settlement, Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, plies a lucrative trade in much sought-after postage stamps.

Day 101

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Arrive: 0600hrs Depart: 2359hrs Rio de Janeiro is perhaps one of the world’s most captivating ports. Nestled between the ocean and lush tropical mountains, it's known as the Marvellous City, and its famous landmarks include the 30-metre statue of Christ the Redeemer and majestic Sugar Loaf Mountain. Don't miss the chance to stroll across the golden sands of the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.

Day 104

Salvador, Brazil
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2359hrs Today's call in Brazil’s former colonial capital, Salvador da Bahia, will give you a glimpse of the colour and passion of a city that fuses the cultures of South America, Africa and Southern Europe. The historic Ciudade Alta and Ciudade Baixa (Upper and Lower cities) are centred on the cobbled streets of the Pelourinho, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Witness impromptu displays of capoeira, the uniquely Brazilian martial art, and experience the mystique of Candomble, the ancient Afro-Brazilian religion.

Day 106

Recife, Brazil
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1700hrs Columbus's third Brazilian landfall is the great city of Recife, sometimes called the Venice of Brazil because of its maze of waterways and bridges. Explore Recife Antigo, the old town, and perhaps head to Recife's sister-city, Olinda, one of Brazil’s best-preserved colonial settlements.

Day 112

Mindelo, Sao Vicente, Cape Verde Islands
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1800hrs The 10 volcanic isles that make up the Cape Verde archipelago are fast becoming a popular holiday haven, despite (or perhaps because of) their remote position. Spend the day in Mindelo, the pretty capital of Sao Vicente, admiring the attractive houses of this colonial outpost, or perhaps joining an optional shore excursion inland.

Day 116

Casablanca, Morocco
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2100hrs This morning Columbus docks in Casablanca, renowned for its connections with the celebrated movie, but today a world away from Humphrey Bogart’s sleepy town. Startlingly modern, but retaining a sense of the past in its ancient medina, the city offers wonderful beaches, some designer shopping and the fascination of the gigantic Hassan II Mosque. Today also offers up the chance to join an unforgettable shore excursion to Marrakech to explore the tiny stores, alleys and hidden courtyards of the souks, and its vast, bustling square, the Djemaa El Fna.  

Day 118

Lisbon, Portugal
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1400hrs The last stop on your epic world cruise adventure is the great seafaring city of Lisbon - hub of the Age of Discovery. Our final shore excursion will give you the chance to explore the Portuguese capital before Columbus begins her final passage home in the afternoon.

Day 121

Arrive back at London Tilbury
Arrive: 0800hrs Say goodbye to Columbus, her crew and your fellow passengers as she arrives in Tilbury, today, and you disembark at the end of a wonderful cruise. Back to top

Further Information

Passport requirements

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

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