London To Auckland Cruise
44 nights. January 2020. From £4259.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
Join Columbus on the first leg of her epic 2020 World Cruise, to New Zealand. Setting sail from Tilbury she'll head – via the verdant Azores - to the warm seas and blue skies of the Caribbean, call in Curacao and the enchanting, colourful Colombian city of Cartagena, and cruise through the Panama Canal into the Pacific. Spend sunny days and balmy nights on board the glittering flagship as you cruise into the South Pacific, a world away from winter’s grey and gloom, and call at five Polynesian island idylls, including Tahiti and Bora Bora. After chance to experience Maori culture in volcanic Rotorua, you'll disembark in Auckland, North Island's principal port and your gateway to the glorious scenery of Land of the Long White Cloud. Full of fascinating sights and wonderful experiences, and with plenty of time to rest, relax and enjoy all the ship’s comforts and amenities, this will really be a voyage of a lifetime.
What's Included44 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 HighlightsA 45-day, sun-kissed voyage Down Under
12 exquisite ports of call
Spending many enjoyable days at sea
Dutch maritime gem, Rotterdam
Azorean Ponta Delgado is a mid-Atlantic stop-off
The Dutch colonial outpost of Curacao
Colombia’s elegant Cartagena
Colon - your gateway to Panama City
Head into the Pacific through the Panama Canal
Call at a quintet of South Pacific idylls, including Tahiti and Bora Bora
Uncover Rotorua's Maori heritage on an excursion from Tauranga
Arrive in Auckland, New Zealand’s "city of sails"
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
Depart: 1900hrs Board Columbus in Tilbury, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.
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, Panama
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, New Zealand
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 45Arrive in Auckland, New Zealand
Arrive: 0700hrs Say goodbye to Columbus, her crew and your fellow passengers as she arrives in Auckland, today, and you disembark at the end of a wonderful cruise. 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.