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Grand Round The World Cruise 2019

  • Duration: 121 days
  • Board Basis: Full Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TNEW99999

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Make your own way to port

120 nights. January 2019. From £7999.00.


A four-month dream holiday of a lifetime

On the first Saturday of the New Year, Columbus will bid farewell to Britain's shores to set off on another extraordinary global adventure, heading towards the warmth and sunshine of some of the world's most exciting and enthralling destinations. Sail across the Atlantic to the balmy Caribbean, then through the Panama Canal to South Sea Island paradises. After time spent 'Down Under', return via Papua New Guinea, Japan and China, South East Asia and colourful, mesmerising India, through the sun-kissed Arabian Sea, back into the Mediterranean and home.

Ship Information

Weighing in at 63,000 tonnes and 250 metres, Columbus is the biggest ship in the CMV fleet. Originally launched in 1989 (by Audrey Hepburn), she was extensively refitted in 2015, and now offers 1500 passengers spacious accommodation and elegant communal areas arranged over 12 decks and topped off with the panoramic Dome Observatory.


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Cruise Information

The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.

Ports of call

Day One - Depart London Tilbury, UK 2000hrs
Days 2-13 - Crossing the Atlantic
Days 14-16 - Cruising the Caribbean
Days 18-19 - Panama and the Panama Canal
Days 20-30 - Mexico and the Pacific
Days 31-40 - French Polynesia and Tonga
Days 43-56 - Around New Zealand and Australia
Days 57-69 - To Papua New Guinea and Japan
Days 72-75 - Highlights of China
Days 78-92 - Cruising South East Asia
Days 96-98 - Around India
Days 102-108 - The Arabian Sea, Egypt and Jordan
Day 110 - Suez Canal Transit
Days 111-114 - From Jerusalem to Malta
Days 115-117 - Gibraltar and the Mediterranean
Days 118-121 - Lisbon to London Tilbury, UK 1100hrs

N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Columbus. Please see the Full Itinerary for details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

120 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
On-board entertainment as arranged
Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
Port charges and taxes Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement
PRICE FROM ? £7999 per person
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Detailed Itinerary

All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Columbus. Ports of call may be subject to change.

Day One

Join Columbus in London Tilbury, and leave behind the cold and grey of a British winter on the first Saturday in January.

Day Two

As you familiarise yourself with your surroundings for the next few weeks or months, Columbus heads first to Dutch capital Amsterdam, where a few more passengers come aboard.

Day Seven

It's 'south to the sun' as you sail south and west, punctuating your Atlantic crossing with a call in the verdant Azores, a stopping-off point for sailors down the centuries.

Day 14

Caribbean landfall is made in Barbados, where a day is spent in colourful Bridgetown, gateway to some of the island's most celebrated watering holes.

Day 16

Today Columbus arrives in beautiful Aruba, in the Dutch Antilles, with its pristine beaches and European architecture. The island capital, Oranjestad, bustles with the distractions of duty-free shopping, while Arikok National Park offers up a landscape of cactuses, coastal views and abandoned gold mines.

Day 18

A passage through the famous Panama Canal, after a chance to take an excursion by coach to Panama City, brings Columbus into the Pacific Ocean.

Day 23

Soak up the atmosphere of Acapulco, Mexico's original 'fiesta town', before the next leg of your epic voyage sees you head west across the world's largest expanse of water, to the islands of the South Pacific.

Day 31

After a week of balmy days at sea, Columbus calls in tiny Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Isles, with its picture-postcard-perfect harbour Taiohae.

Days 33-34

Enjoy an overnight stay in colourful Papeete, capital of idyllic Tahiti - perhaps the most famous of the islands - with its Le Marche market, lush Vaipaha Gardens and near-perfect lagoon.

Day 35

Legendary Bora Bora, another unforgettable island paradise - with its mountains, lagoons and perfect beaches - is our next stop, before Columbus crosses the International Date Line.

Days 40

Columbus completes its quartet of Polynesian idylls in rugby-loving Tonga's colourful 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 43

After two further days at sea, Columbus arrives in Auckland, New Zealand's glittering 'City of Sails'. Step ashore, perhaps to take in the Auckland Museum or to enjoy a trip up the 328-metre Sky Tower, which offers outstanding views.

Day 44

Columbus sails south to the Bay of Plenty and Tauranga, with its cafe life and Mount Maunganui beach resort, clustered beneath the extinct volcano from which it takes its name. Enjoy a day of rest and relaxation, or join a shore excursion to Rotorua, perhaps New Zealand's greatest attraction, with its hot springs, bubbling mud pools, hot springs and geysers, including Pohutu, the 'Big Splash', which can shoot twenty metres into the air.

Day 46

A visit to New Zealand's South Island brings a call in Akaroa on the headland to the south east of Christchurch. Often described as "the most English city outside England", Christchurch is 'a city reimagined' since the earthquakes of 2011 and 2016, where highlights include the highly original Re:START retail park built out of shipping containers, the quirky 'Cardboard Cathedral', the restored historic tramway and Quake City, which tells the story of the earthquakes and includes numerous artefacts including the top of the wrecked original Christchurch Cathedral's spire.

Day 47

This pretty former whaling station and busy port is surrounded verdant, forested hills, and as well as boasting a trio of fascinating museums is gateway to the stunning Marlborough Sounds, an astoundingly beautiful region of hidden coves, rocky headlands and islets overlooking the Cook Strait.

Day 51

A cruise across the Tasman Sea brings Columbus to Sydney, Australia, truly one of the world's great cities, with its iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge, its famous beaches and stunning Botanic Gardens just the tip of the scenic iceberg.

Day 54

Heading along the 'Sunshine Coast', Columbus visits privately owned Hamilton Island in the paradise that is Captain Cook's Whitsundays archipelago (named after the day he arrived in 1770).

Day 56

Set to the north of Cairns, gateway to Queensland's tropical interior and a stopping-off point for the incredible Great Barrier Reef, the beautiful anchorage of Yorkey's Knob offers plenty of distractions, today. Take a glass-bottomed boat to a coral cay, or head inland into the magnificent tropical rainforest.

Day 60

A passage north, past the northern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef and into the Coral Sea, leads to one of the world's most colourful island nations, Papua New Guinea, where a day is spent discovering the glorious natural harbour of Rabaul, gateway to the eastern island of New Britain.

Day 67

Today Columbus ties up in the great Japanese port of Yokohama, gateway for over 150 years to the pulsating mega-metropolis that is mesmerising Tokyo. Join an excursion to discover the extraordinary Japanese capital, with its ancient shrines, shopping quarters - including the fascinating electronic world of Akhihabara - the forested city oasis of Meiji Park and eye-popping chaos of famous Shibuya road crossing.

Day 69

Columbus's second Japanese port is Kagoshima, at the tip of southern island Kyushu. Known as the 'Naples of the East' - the friendly, laid back city lies beneath the cone of Sakurajima volcano, on a beautiful bay - it also provides an opportunity to journey, on a shore excursion, to lovingly restored Nagasaki, setting for Madame Butterfly, and where a Peace Park marks the dropping of the second atomic bomb.

Day 72

Today Columbus docks in Tianjin, gateway to fascinating Beijing, where highlights of an optional shore excursion will include vast Tiananmen Square, the monumental Forbidden City and Imperial Palace.

Day 75

A day in Shanghai brings opportunities to discover the colonial grandeur of the buildings that line the bank of the Huangpu River, on the famous Bund, overlooked by gigantic skyscrapers and the rocket-shaped Pearl TV Tower. Discover the historical Old City, at the heart of which, a haven amongst bustling bazaars and street markets, is the 16th-century Yu Yuan Chinese garden.

Day 78

Discover the mesmerising former British colony of Hong Kong, in the shadow of one of the world's most amazing skylines. Step ashore to explore under your own steam, or more likely to enjoy the optional shore excursions, which will offer a chance to view the city's skyscrapers from Victoria Peak, visit floating city Aberdeen and colourful Stanley Market, cross Victoria Harbour on the Star Ferry, or to take in the North Shore's buzzing Nathan Road, from which leafy Kowloon Park and the hushed lounges of the Peninsula Hotel offer calm respite.

Day 80

Today Columbus heads into UNESCO-listed Halong Bay, where countless limestone pillars and cone-shaped islands rise out of the water in a spectacular seascape dotted with the sails of junks and smaller pleasure craft. An optional shore excursion takes in Vietnamese capital Hanoi, with its labyrinthine '36 Streets', tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake and its island Ngoc Son Temple. Other highlights might include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the former leader's traditional house, the fascinating Museum of Ethnology and the colourful Dong Xuan market.

Day 83

A call in Phu My brings an opportunity to explore fabled Ho Chi Minh City, still known by most as 'Saigon'. Discover the remarkable Cu Chi tunnel complex, former Viet Cong base and memorial to those who died in the conflict, and enjoy a tour of the city's fascinating mix of French colonial past and modern Vietnamese life.

Day 85

Heading into the Gulf of Thailand, Columbus calls at fabled island haven Koh Samui, the ultimate in white-sand, turquoise-sea and palm-fringed idylls. Spend a day exploring, perhaps heading into the mountainous interior for some spectacular views, or more likely to a picture-postcard beach.

Day 86

The colourful Thai capital, Bangkok, can be explored from Laem Chabang. Take a shore excursion to discover the city's palaces and temples, gigantic Buddhas and network of khlong canals, or perhaps spend a day of rest and relaxation on another idyllic beach.

Day 89

Columbus's passage through the South China Sea ends with a call in Singapore, where remnants of past tradition - in Little India, China Town and the Colonial District crowned by Raffles Hotel - are not quite swamped by the 'shop-'til-you-drop' glitz of Orchard Road or futuristic Marina Bay. Optional shore excursions will introduce the island-city, after which you are free to enjoy it at your leisure, perhaps discovering the Gardens by the Bay and the Botanic Gardens, Sentosa Island's attractions or the fantastic food on offer in the city's hawker centres.

Day 90

Cruising towards the Malaysian coast, Columbus calls first at historic Port Klang, gateway to Kuala Lumpur, the Malay capital home to the sky-piercing Petronas Towers. Take a shore excursion to discover this pulsating city, where the preserved Old Railway Station contrasts with glitzy new developments.

Day 91

Colourful Penang, with its UNESCO-listed George Town, Chinese shop-houses, stunning beaches and tropical gardens is today's stop, before Columbus heads west once more, across the Andaman Sea.

Day 92

A quintessential 'tropical paradise', this Malaysian archipelago offers pristine beaches, forested mountains and mangrove swamps, as well as the warmest of welcomes from a friendly people. Columbus spends a morning off main isle Pulau Langkawi, for a taste of the island idyll.

Day 96

The first of Columbus' Indian calls is in the Keralan capital, Cochin. Cochin/Kochi is built on a series of islands facing the Indian Ocean. A trading port for centuries, the city has a distinctly European feel, especially in Fort Cochin. It is also where you might depart on a three-day overland shore excursion taking in Delhi and Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, before re-joining Columbus in Mumbai.

Day 98

Mumbai/Bombay is home to sweeping Marine Drive, the monumental Gateway of India triumphal arch and the famous Taj Mahal Hotel, as well as the grand former Prince of Wales Museum and the vast, neo-Gothic Victoria Terminus railway station, all of which will be highlights of an optional shore excursion.

Day 102

Salalah is the Sultanate of Oman's second city, an ancient settlement that is also gateway to a beautiful countryside of frankincense trees and coconut palms. Step ashore to explore the ruins of ancient Khor Rori, and to explore this beautiful city.

Day 107

A call at Red Sea-port Safaga affords the opportunity to take a full-day excursion to Luxor, once the ancient Egyptian capital Thebes, on the bank of the River Nile, where the beautiful Luxor Temple, staggering Temple of Karnak and the vast columns of the giant Hypostyle Hall are among the highlights.

Day 108

Another unforgettable optional shore excursion, from the Jordanian resort of Aqaba, takes you to Wadi Musa - site of the 'Rose Red' City of Petra, carved out of the sandstone and one of the world's most truly extraordinary wonders.

Day 111

After passing through the Suez Canal and into the Mediterranean, Columbus calls in Ashdod. Step ashore to explore, or more likely to join an optional shore excursion, perhaps to the coastal resort city of Tel Aviv and its ancient neighbour Jaffa, or into the Judean Hills, where Jerusalem awaits. Highlights in this unique city include the fabled Western or 'Wailing' Wall, nestled beneath Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock, the souks of the labyrinthine Old City, the ancient Roman Cardo and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Christianity's most important shrine.

Day 114

A last Mediterranean island call is made in Malta, with its stunning Grand Harbour. Step ashore to explore historic Valletta or to head into the rugged interior, perhaps to the haunting 'Silent City' of Mdina, or Mosta's famous 'miracle' church.

Day 117

A morning visit to British outpost Gibraltar, beneath its famous Rock, brings a first taste of home as Columbus approaches the edge of the Mediterranean.

Day 118

Columbus' last call is made in the great city of Lisbon, to where many an adventurer returned from far-off seas. A last shore excursion will introduce the Portuguese capital, before Columbus begins her final two-day passage home.

Day 121

Columbus arrives back in London Tilbury, this morning, concluding an unforgettable, round-the-world odyssey. Back to top



Weighing in at 63,000 tonnes and 250 metres, Columbus is the biggest ship in the CMV fleet. Originally launched in 1989 (by Audrey Hepburn), she was extensively refitted in 2015, and now offers 1500 passengers spacious accommodation and elegant communal areas arranged over 12 decks and topped off with the panoramic Dome Observatory.

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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.

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Terms and Conditions

*Offer applies to new bookings made from 31st October (inclusive) only. All offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Prices shown when booking include any discounts. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on offer, cruise, cabin and departure date selected. All discounts will be added to your booking automatically once you have selected a cabin and will be confirmed before purchase. All fares exclude gratuities. On many of our cruises, a limited number of Voyager Fare Inner and Ocean-view cabins are available. Choose these and you will be accommodated in at least a Standard Twin Inner or Standard Twin Ocean-view cabin (depending on your choice), but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount. Where an extra 5% booking discount is available, this can not be redeemed online – please call. Back to top