London To Singapore Cruise
88 nights. January 2020. From £8519.00.
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Join Columbus as she begins her epic 2020 World Cruise, sailing south from Tilbury, across the Atlantic - with a call at the verdant mid-ocean Azores - to the balmy Caribbean and on through the Panama Canal and into the sun-kissed South Pacific. Explore idyllic Polynesian isles, take in fascinating cities and sights in New Zealand and Australia - including sparkling Auckland, colourful Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef - then cruise north through the South China Sea. Enjoy fascinating days discovering the contrasting cultures of Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, before disembarking in the glittering island city-state of Singapore. With plenty of time to savour the relaxed atmosphere, comforts and amenities available on board the glittering flagship, this is the perfect way to escape winter’s gloom and tick off a host of "must-see, must-do" sights and experiences.
What's Included88 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 HighlightsAn 89-day global adventure
Discover over 25 amazing ports of call
Spend many enjoyable days at sea
Rotterdam, Holland's second city
Call at the mid-Atlantic Azores
Idyllic Dutch colonial isle, Curacao
Historic Cartagena, a Colombian gem
Colon - your gateway to Panama City
Sail through the Panama Canal
Cross the vast South Pacific
Island paradises, including Tahiti, Bora Bora and Fiji
Discover Rotorua's Maori history on an excursion from Tauranga
Cosmopolitan Auckland and Kiwi capital Wellington
Mesmerising Sydney with its Harbour Bridge and Opera House
The Great Barrier Reef
Papua, New Guinea - a world away from home
Visit Tokyo on an excursion from Yokohama
Kagoshima - Japan's "Naples of the East"
Head to Beijing on an excursion from Tianjin
Shanghai's mix of ancient and ultra-modern
Hong Kong’s astonishing skyline
Sail through Vietnam's Halong Bay
Discover Ho Chi Minh City on and excursion from Phu My
Sihanoukville - your gateway to Cambodia's beaches and ancient Wats
Explore colourful Bangkok on an excursion from Laem Chabang
Disembark in sparkling Singapore
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 The UNESCO-listed streets of Willemstad, on Curacao, welcome Columbus today. While here you may be able to visit the distillery where the island’s blue liqueur is produced, ride a trolley train around the city and join excursions to the extraordinary limestone caves at Hato or out to the coral reefs to the south of the island on a semi-submarine.
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 at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal, there’s a chance to cross by coach to the Pacific and visit Panama City itself. Re-join the ship during the afternoon for the transit of the Panama Canal.
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) Tahiti is, perhaps, the most famous South Pacific island. 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. Columbus will spend the night here, giving you ample time to enjoy your idyllic surroundings.
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 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 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: 0700hrs Depart: 1800hrs Columbus crosses the International Date Line on her way to 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: 0700hrs Depart: 2300hrs New Zealand's cosmopolitan capital, Wellington, boasts striking modern architecture, colourful Botanic Gardens, and friendly bars, restaurants and cafes. Discover the city on a guided tour, or perhaps head around the bay to the grassy coastal landscape of Pencarrow Station - home to New Zealand's oldest lighthouse.
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.
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: 0600hrs 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, Japan
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1900hrs The great Japanese port of Yokohama offers easy access to the vast mega-metropolis of Tokyo. Join an excursion to discover some of 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 north-eastern 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 Columbus spends today in Shanghai - one of the world's most amazing cities. See the colonial grandeur of the buildings that line the Bund on the west bank of the Huangpu River, and the towering futuristic skyscrapers and rocket-shaped Pearl TV Tower of the east. Explore the old city's bustling bazaars and street markets, and the tranquil pools, bridges and ornate pavilions of the Yuyuan Garden that shelter in its heart.
Day 78Hong Kong
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2000hrs Discover still more of China's complex colonial history and modern energy as Columbus spends a day in Hong Kong. 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, 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 Say goodbye to Columbus, her crew and your fellow passengers as she arrives in Singapore, 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.