Grand Round The World Cruise 2020
- Duration: 121 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99834
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
120 nights. January 2020. From £8999.00.
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Board Columbus as she cruises from Tilbury to far-off lands on her third annual Round-the-World cruise. Discover the balmy islands of the Azores and the Caribbean, and slip through the Panama Canal as the ship sails west towards the islands of the South Seas and on to New Zealand and Australia. Spend time Down Under and uncovering the highlights of Japan and China; Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand; Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India. Discover the ancient sites of Egypt and Jordan, and pass into the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal to round off your cruise with calls in Israel, Greece and Gibraltar.
What's Included120 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 HighlightsDiscover nearly 40 amazing ports of call
Spend many enjoyable days at sea
Make a mid-Atlantic call in the Azores
Idyllic Dutch colonial isle, Curacao
Colombia's elegant Cartagena
Head into the Pacific through the Panama Canal
Sun-kissed days and enchanted evenings in the South Pacific
Calls Down Under, including Auckland, Wellington and glittering Sydney
Sail north past the Great Barrier Reef to Japan and China
Discover Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong
Sparkling calls in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand
Singapore’s stunning skyline
Penang and Sri Lankan Colombo
Indian calls in Cochin and Mumbai
Chances to discover Luxor and Petra on shore excursions
Head back through the Suez Canal to the Med
Ashdod is your gateway to Jerusalem
Visit Athens from 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 London Tilbury
Day 2Rotterdam, Netherlands
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.
Day 7Ponta Delgada, The Azores
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.
Day 15Willemstad, Curacao
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.
Day 17Cartagena, Colombia
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.
Day 18Colon for Panama City
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.
Day 29Nuku 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 31-32Pape'ete, French Polynesia
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.
Day 33Bora Bora, French Polynesia
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.
Day 38Nuku'alofa, Kingdom of Tonga
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.
Day 40Suva, Fiji
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.
Day 44Tauranga for Rotorua
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.
Day 45Auckland, New Zealand
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs 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.
Day 47Wellington, New Zealand
Arrive: 0800hrs 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.
Day 51Sydney, 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. Make the most of your visit and discover them, today.
Day 54Airlie 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 56Yorkey's Knob for Cairns, 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 60Madang, 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 67Yokohama for Tokyo, Japan
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1800hrs 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.
Day 69Kagoshima, 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 72Tianjin for Beijing, 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 75Shanghai, China
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.
Day 78Hong Kong
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2000hrs Make the most of today's long call in Hong Kong and discover this exciting city. Explore under your own steam, or choose from optional excursions - to Victoria Peak, floating city Aberdeen, colourful Stanley Market, to take in the North Shore's spectacular skyline or cross Victoria Harbour on the Star Ferry.
Day 80Halong Bay for Hanoi, Vietnam
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2300hrs Cruise into bewitching, UNESCO-listed Halong Bay, where countless limestone pillars and cone-shaped islands rise out of the seascape. An optional shore excursion, today, takes you to the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, with its labyrinthine '36 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 83Phu My for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Arrive: 0600hrs Depart: 2300hrs An stop close to Vietnam's famous Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), brings opportunities to join 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 85Sihanoukville, 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 an eventual mausoleum for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th Century.
Day 86Laem Chabang for Bangkok, Thailand
Arrive: 1100hrs Depart: 2400hrs As Columbus docks in bustling port of Laem Chabang you'll have the chance to visit the Thai capital, Bangkok. 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 one of the idyllic beaches that line the coast.
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2100hrs Conclude your South China Sea passage with an overnight stay in Singapore - dynamic island-city and former British outpost. Here the remnants of its 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 90Port Klang for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Arrive: 1200hrs 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 91Penang, Malaysia
Arrive: 0930hrs Depart: 1900hrs 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 95Colombo, 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 to take a shore excursion into the lush, temple-studded countryside.
Day 97Cochin for overland to Taj Mahal and Delhi, India
Arrive: 0600hrs Depart: 1700hrs 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 99Mumbai, 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 107Safaga for Luxor, 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 temples at 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 108Aqaba for Petra, Jordan
Arrive: 0930hrs Depart: 2200hrs Today brings another unforgettable 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 110Suez Transit
Passage through the world's most famous - and busiest - waterway, the Suez Canal, brings Columbus into the Mediterranean, where a quintet of calls brings the opportunity to discover yet more wonders a little closer to home.
Day 111Haifa for Jerusalem, Israel
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2000hrs Another extraordinary, exciting day awaits at Haifa, gateway to Israel and the Holy Land. Optional shore excursions include coastal resort city Tel Aviv, with its ancient neighbour Jaffa. Alternatively, travel into the Judean Hills to Jerusalem itself to discover the Wailing Wall, the labyrinthine souks of the Old City and Christianity's holiest shrine - the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Day 113Pireaus for Athens, Greece
Arrive: 1300hrs Depart: 1930hrs 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 117Gibraltar, BCC
Arrive: 1430hrs Depart: 1830hrs A morning call in Gibraltar brings a first real taste of home. Wander past familiar British shops on Main Street, or perhaps to take the cable-car to the top of the Rock for views across the Straits to Africa.
Day 121Disembark in London Tilbury
Arrive: 0800hrs Back to top
Cruise durationThe 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.
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.