37 Night cruise departing from Auckland to Mombasa onboard Columbus.
Sail from New Zealand to enjoy the best Australia has to offer with Sydney, Darwin, Airlie Beach and Yorkey's Knob for the Great Barrier Reef. Bali acts as a steppingstone up from the Southern to the Northern hemisphere as you venture to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Tropical Indian Ocean islands are the perfect way to end your cruise before arriving in Mombasa.
Highlights of this cruise:
Auckland (New Zealand)
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 amongst the best in the world.
Approached through its striking harbour with the iconic Opera House and 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.
Yorkeys Knob (Australia)
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.
Darwin, Northern Territory (Australia)
The capital city of the Northern Territory, Darwin, offers many sights from its colonial past. Innovative museums celebrate the city's past with galleries showcasing the region's rich indigenous art. Nature is well and truly part of Darwin's backyard the famous national parks of Kakadu and Litchfield are nearby.
Benoa, Bali (Indonesia)
The images of this 'Island of the Gods' are many and varied - enchanting temples, mesmeric dance, stunning beaches, pounding surf, the most delicious and freshest local food. Enjoy some, or all, of these pleasures on arguably the most visitor friendly of Indonesia's 18,000 plus islands, your final port of call before landfall in Australia.
Singapore is a melting pot of cultures and South East Asia's oriental star. Retaining its heritage of colonial buildings, Buddhist temples and Arab bazaars, this modern island is today more about contemporary art and hi-tech architecture. Victorian buildings and Chinese shop-houses with their red tiled roofs make for striking state-of-the-art conversions.
Port Klang (Malaysia)
The British made Kuala Lumpur the capital of Peninsular Malaysia in the late 19th century, erecting grand colonial buildings that continue to stand proudly today. Since then, a virtual 'race to the sky' has seen the graceful buildings and mosques surrounded by steel and glass towers. As well as museums and temples to visit, there's an elephant sanctuary and rainforest canopy walk.
The 'jewel in the crown' of Malaysia, Penang is linked to the mainland by one of the longest bridges in the world. George Town, the best-preserved city in Southeast Asia, boasts a European-style esplanade and a wealth of temples, mosques and Chinese clan houses. This paradise island has no shortage of cultural sights and natural scenery.
The fabulous island resort of Phuket is an oriental gem with beautiful beaches, excellent shopping, elephant rides and sightseeing opportunities. Sites and sights to savour range from N'Ga Bay, famous for its unique limestone islands to the popular Patong beach with its open air bars to the quieter areas of Kata and the bustling old charm of Kamala.
Colombo (Sri Lanka)
Sri Lanka's capital is a delightful concoction of past and present. Its busy, man-made harbour, from which tea, spices and rubber are exported, stands side-by-side with historical museums and monuments. Colombo offers an array of charms, from the Royal Botanical Gardens to the Pettah Bazaar.
The pocket-sized Maldivian capital is the throbbing, heart of an extraordinary nation. Male is pleasantly quirky with alcohol-free bars and restaurants that jostle with shops and lively market. Attractions include the National Museum, the imposing Islamic Centre and Grand Friday Mosque, and pleasant Sultan Park.
Victoria, Mah, (Seychelles)
A true tropical island paradise, Mah is the perfect stop to unwind with its sandy beached bays enclosed by lush coconut and takamaka trees. For those looking to explore Victoria, Mah's capital and the smallest capital in the world, a visit to the botanical gardens is a must with its coco de mer palm trees which line the main entrance.
A true melting pot of history and culture, Mombasa is Kenya's oldest city. Its deep natural harbour on the Indian Ocean makes it a key port for trade across Africa, Arabia, India and the Orient. Be sure to explore its many Hindu temples, stunning mosques and the imposing Fort Jesus built by the Portuguese in 1596 which guards the Old Port or take an optional tour to Tsavo East National Park for a safari tour.