Sydney To Hong Kong Cruise
- Duration: 28 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99984
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
27 nights. February 2019. From £4099.00.
Board spacious flagship Columbus to sail from Australia's extraordinary, colourful cultural capital to vibrant Hong Kong. Along the way, calls will include Papua New Guinea, the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Kagoshima, fascinating Beijing and ultra-modern Shanghai, before the unforgettable voyage ends beneath the incomparable skyline of Hong Kong.
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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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 Sydney, Australia 2100hrs
Day Four - Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Isles, Australia
Day Six - Yorkey's Knob for Cairns, Australia
Day 10 - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
Day 17 - Yokohama for Tokyo, Japan
Day 19 - Kagoshima, Japan
Day 22 - Tianjin for Beijing, China
Day 25 - Shanghai, China
Day 28 - Arrive in Hong Kong 0700 hrs
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 Inclusions27 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
Up to £500pp flight credit – please call to redeem Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Detailed ItineraryAll days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Columbus. Ports of call may be subject to change.
Day OneJoin Columbus in Sydney, settle in and set off on your voyage to Hong Kong.
Day FourHeading 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 SixSet 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 10A 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 17Today 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 19Columbus'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 22Today 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 25A 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 28Today Columbus arrives in the mesmerising former British colony of Hong Kong, the final destination on your journey. 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.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. Back to top