Hong Kong To London Cruise
43 nights. March 2020. From £4169.00.
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Join Columbus in the former British colony of Hong Kong as she continues the second stage of her 2020 World Cruise and her journey back to London. Leave the city’s famous skyline in your wake, and set off to explore some of Southeast Asia’s fascinating cities, extraordinary sights and pristine beaches, and to experience the vibrant colours and intoxicating scents of Sri Lanka and southern 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. Full of extraordinary sights and wonderful experiences, and with plenty of time to rest, relax and enjoy all the comforts and amenities that Columbus has to offer, this will really be the voyage of a lifetime.
What's Included43 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 HighlightsFrom the Far East to spring at home
Island idylls and ancient treasures
Lazy days enjoying life aboard ship
Sail away from Hong Kong's famous skyline
Discover Vietnam's exquisite Halong Bay
Phu My - your gateway to enthralling Ho Chi Minh City
Visit beaches or ancient Wats from Cambodia's Sihanoukville
Laem Chabang gives you the chance to explore the wondrous Thai capital, Bangkok
Colonial Singapore's eye-popping skyline
Take in Kuala Lumpur from Port Klang
Malaysian island idyll Penang
Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, is a colourful delight
Kerala’s Kochi and majestic Mumbai are contrasting Indian calls
Bathe in Arabian Sea sunshine
Explore ancient Luxor and Petra's wonders on shore excursions from Safaga and Aqaba
Journey into the Med through the Suez Canal
Haifa - your gateway to historic Jerusalem
Explore ancient Athens from Piraeus
Gibraltar - a familiar 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 1Embark in Hong Kong, China
Depart: 2000hrs Join Columbus as she arrives in Hong Kong, the former British colony that is now one of China's most spectacular, energetic and cosmopolitan cities. Settle in to your cabin, then relax on board and get to know the ship, her crew and your fellow travellers.
Day 3Halong 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 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 6Phu My for Ho Chi Minh City, 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 8Sihanoukville, 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 9Laem Chabang for Bangkok, 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. See 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 13Port Klang for Kuala Lumpur, 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 14Penang, 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 18Colombo, 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 20Kochi for overland to Taj Mahal and Delhi, 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 22Mumbai, 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 30Safaga 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 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 31Aqaba for Petra, Jordan
Arrive: 0930hrs Depart: 2100hrs 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 astonishing sights on Earth.
Day 33Suez Transit
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 34Haifa for Jerusalem, 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 36Pireaus for Athens, 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 40Gibraltar, 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 44Disembark 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.