Sailing via the Azores and Caribbean, Columbus will transit the Panama Canal calling at islands of the South Seas to New Zealand and Australia, before unveiling highlights of Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India. Discover the ancient sites of Egypt and Jordan and transit the Suez Canal to the Holy Land from where Columbus sails the Mediterranean homeward bound.
Embark on CMV Columbus in London Tilbury for your Round the World adventure!
With more bicycles than permanent residents, the Dutch capital is both charming and quirky. Aesthetically little has changed in the centre since its 17th century Golden Age. Beautiful gabled houses and merchants’ mansions line serene, tree-lined canals, which are laid out in five concentric circles and crossed by numerous bridges. The Royal Palace, originally built as a Town Hall in the 17th century, stands on a large square in the centre of the city. Considered one of Europe’s major art capitals, Amsterdam is home to a number of superb galleries and museums including the famous Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum.
Day’s 3-6 are at sea.
Since 1546 Ponta Delgada has been capital of São Miguel, which is the largest of the nine islands in the Azores archipelago. In the last twenty-five years the cosmopolitan little town has seen rapid expansion bringing the archipelago its first university, shopping mall and dual carriageway. Yet, it still has a small town charm with squares paved with black and white tiles, beautiful churches, and public buildings with white-painted facades and dark volcanic stone trim. Volcanic activity has produced spectacular scenery on the islands and this extraordinary natural beauty is a highlight of optional excursions.
Day 8-14 are at sea as we sail towards the sunny Caribbean!
With its delightful Dutch colonial architecture, bustling commercial capital and history museums, Curaçao, in the Dutch Antilles, feels like a little piece of Northern Europe. Yet, with its glorious beaches, it is definitely not and offers some of the best shopping in the Caribbean.
Cartagena in Colombia was the beating heart of the Spanish Empire in the New World as Spanish conquerors used it as a departure point for galleons bound for Europe, laden down with plundered treasures. The 16th and 17th-century buildings that line the cobbled streets of the Old Town have been given UNESCO World Heritage status and hark back to an age of adventure and conflict.
The seaport of Colon gives access to Panama City whose pirate history makes for interesting and plentiful sightseeing. Visit the Plaza de Francia which is dedicated to the 22,000 workers who perished while building the Panama Canal or explore the city’s many museums. Note: Panama/Suez transit times subject to confirmation of convoy timings which may affect port of call timings before or following transit.
Today we transit the Panama Canal.
Days 20-25 are at sea.
Today we cross the Equator!
Days 27-28 at sea.
Nuku Hiva is situated on the north-western tip of the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. It’s a huge island with dramatic landscapes, deep bays blessed with Robinson Crusoe-like beaches, dramatic waterfalls and timeless valleys. *Land by launch or tender
Day 30 is at sea.
A modern and bustling town, Papeete is the capital of Tahiti, the largest of the French Polynesian islands and often called the “Island of Love”. An overnight stay here will enable you to explore the natural wonders of this beautiful island in the heart of the South Pacific.
A dreamlike setting, Bora Bora is a ring of sand-edged motu (islets) encircling a glinting turquoise lagoon surrounded by rainforest-covered peaks. Diving, snorkelling, lagoon tours, hiking and parasailing are readily available, but it’s the iconic over-the-water bungalows with piers reaching out like tentacles into the lagoon that Bora Bora is world-famous for. *Land by launch or tender
Days 34-36 are at sea.
Today we cross the International Date Line!
Tonga is the oldest and last remaining Polynesian monarchy and the only Pacific nation never brought under foreign rule. With stretches of perfect white beaches, Tonga remains as close to authentic Polynesia as you’ll find. In fact, with its sheltered beauty and cultural authenticity, the Kingdom of Tonga is often described as the ‘jewel in the Pacific’.
Today is a day at sea.
As the largest city in the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji’s capital, is a melting pot of Indo-Fijian and colonial influences. Be sure to visit the Thurston Gardens home to a wide variety of native South Pacific plants and also to the Fiji Museum which highlights the history and culture of Fiji with artefacts dating back over 3,700 years including Fijian war canoes.
Days 41-43 are at sea.
The sunny city of Tauranga sits right on the water’s edge in the Bay of Plenty. Tauranga is your gateway to Rotorua where you can opt to visit Te Puia (the Thermal Reserve). Here you can see and smell the boiling mud pools and steaming geysers and experience the customs and traditions of the Maoris.
Auckland is an archaeological wonder with two ancient rainforest covered mountain ranges. A blend of Polynesian culture and modern city environment has created a lifestyle ranked among the best in the world.
Day 46 is at sea as we head towards Wellington
The cultural capital of New Zealand, Wellington is home to an astonishing number of art galleries, libraries and museums. Begin taking in this compact city with a ride on the Kelburn Cable Car to the top of the Botanical Gardens. Te Papa Tangarewa museum provides an insight into the country’s people and culture.
Days 48-50 are at sea.
Approached through its striking harbour with the iconic Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, Sydney is Australia’s most cosmopolitan city. Explore the sites around the harbour where you’ll find the Customs House and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The narrow streets and alleyways of this area contain many historic buildings, pubs, restaurants and shops.
Days 52-53 are at sea.
Part of the Whitsunday Group, Hamilton Island is a beautiful resort. There’s something for everyone - with a marina, shops, restaurants and water sports. Be sure to take the optional boat trip to the breath-taking Whitehaven Beach. *Land by launch or tender.
Day 55 is at sea.
Yorkey’s Knob (giggle once and move on) is a beach suburb of Cairns in North Queensland where you’ll find your own piece of paradise on the large expanse of golden palm-fringed beach. From nearby Cairns is a not to be missed the opportunity to visit the Great Barrier Reef or discover the amazing World Heritage Rainforest. *Land by launch or tender.
Day 57-59 are at sea.
Nestled in the north of Papua New Guinea, the coast surrounding Madang is idyllic with crystal clear waters and beautiful volcanic islands dotted off the shore. Be sure to take time to appreciate this beautiful paradise, your last chance to enjoy the best of the South Pacific before sailing back over the equator to the Northern Hemisphere.
Days 61-66 are at sea.
Travel about an hour north of the port of Yokohama to experience the frenetic energy and bright lights of Japan’s capital, Tokyo. While the city is one of the most densely populated in the world, and is constantly evolving, it is also deeply rooted in its traditions and has areas of calm amidst the rush hour crush.
Day 68 is at sea.
Located at the southerly tip of Japan, Kagoshima is often compared with its Italian sister city of Naples due to its similar climate and palm tree-lined streets. The Senganen Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers beautiful Japanese style landscaped gardens with views over the striking Sakurajima and Kagoshima Bay.
Days 70-71 are at sea.
Beijing is the perfect mix of ancient Chinese culture, modern architecture and commercial innovation. The cultural heart of China, few places on earth can compare to Beijing for historical interest. A visit to any of its six UNESCO World Heritage Sites should be a must including the Forbidden City and the Chinese Imperial Palace, which was the heart of Chinese rule.
Days 73-74 are at sea
Sitting majestically at the mouth of the Yangtze River, Shanghai is China’s most cosmopolitan city. It has a mind-blowing, ancient past which is displayed in a wealth of museums and temples. A visit to the Art and History Museum, China’s premier museum and home to priceless collections and life-sized terracotta figures from the third century B.C., is an absolute must.
Days 76-77 are at sea
Hong Kong boasts a vibrant cultural scene that features the influences of its Chinese roots and colonial connections. Take the tram up to Victoria Peak where you’ll get a spectacular 360-degree view of the island. Board one of Hong Kong’s fabled sampan boats for a cruise through the bustling harbour. In Kowloon see the Chi Lin Nunnery, Nan Lian Garden and bustling Nathan Road.
Today we cruise the Hainan Strait.
Halong Bay rests beautifully over the Red River Delta on the coast of Vietnam. From here, visitors can travel inland to the politically historic, Hanoi, one of the country’s most fascinating cities. The most renowned monuments are the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the austere former residence of the revolutionary leader. Visit the temple dedicated to Confucianism and explore the Old Quarter. *Land by launch or tender
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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