75 Night cruise departing from Auckland to Tilbury onboard Columbus.
Travel from New Zealand to Australia before crossing the equator with a stop in Bali. Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand will ignite your senses. Tropical Indian Ocean islands are steppingstones to the excitement of Kenya. Explore Durban, East London and Cape Town in South Africa and Tristan da Cunha, the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world. Cross the Atlantic to Brazil including pulsating Rio de Janeiro before voyaging home via Cape Verde, Casablanca and Lisbon. With her spacious lounge areas, comfortable accommodation and wide range of facilities, Columbus is the ideal ship for such an adventure.
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.
Durban (South Africa)
Europe meetsAfrica in SouthAfrica's prime resort of Durban, with all the benefits of being on the IndianOcean. Spending the day on one of the beautiful beaches is a popular pastime, but there is also much of historical interest, plus some magnificent natural beauty within reach.If nothingelse,stroll along themainpromenade and stop for traditional afternoon tea at the RoyalHotel.
Cape Town (South Africa)
The jewel of SouthAfrica's coastline,CapeTown is a citywith the most recognisable profile.The backdrop of Table Mountain gives it its distinct and proud signature.With a day to explore,why not try the cable car trip upTable Mountain, gowine-tasting in nearby Paarl or Stellenbosch (world-class vintages guaranteed) or soak up some of the great botanical gardens.
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Rio de Janeiro is one of the most recognisable places on earth. Nestled between ocean and lush tropical mountains, take the cable car up to Sugar Loaf Mountain for breath-taking views over the city including Copacabana beach. And, visit the world-famous Christ the Redeemer on the summit of the Corcovado.
Salvador de Bahia (Brazil)
Salvador is on a peninsula which shields the large Baa de Todos os Santos - All Saints Bay - from the Atlantic Ocean. It is the largest city on the northeast coast of Brazil and is considered one of the birthplaces of Brazilian culture.
The city is divided by a 100 metre cliff that runs along the entire bay, Cidade Alta it up on the cliff and Cidade Baixa is down by the bay.
Brazil's former capital, Salvador was founded in 1549 and was the hub of the slave trade. It is now known as Brazil's centre of happiness, due to the party atmosphere, and where the largest carnival in the world is staged.
Recife is the fourth largest metropolitan area in Brazil and is home to one of the main ports in the Atlantic Ocean. Located at the meeting point of the Beberibe and Capibaribe Rivers, the city is awash with canals and waterways with pretty bridges connecting the busy streets. Recife's striking resemblance to a certain European city has earned it the epithet 'Venice of Brazil'.
Recife is surrounded by coastal coral reef shoreline and is known for its pristine white-sand beaches. Boa Viagem is one of the world's best urban beaches and at 8km long, it is the longest stretch of urbanized beach in Brazil. Vendors line the beach selling souvenirs, food and drink such as the refreshing local beverage gua de coco (coconut water).
Originally founded by Dutch colonizers, this lively capital is brimming with a vibrant culture.
Immerse yourself in Recife's intriguing history, culture, traditions and crafts.
Mindelo, So Vicente (Cape Verde)
Complete with cobblestone streets, candy-coloured colonial buildings and yachts bobbing in the peaceful harbour, Mindelo, which has long been the country's cultural centre, is Cape Verde's answer to the Riviera.
Casablanca for Marrakech (Morocco)
Located on the western coast of Africa, the cosmopolitan Casablanca is Morocco's largest city with a thriving tourism trade.
Blending the modern world with the ancient, Casablanca can be accurately described as a cultural melting pot with clear African, Arabic and European influences. The city's many parks, fountains and recognisably Art Deco flourishes are all courtesy of the French Protectorate who made the city their administrative centre in the early part of the 20th Century.
Highlights include the impressive Hassan Il Mosque, the ornate Mauresque architecture and gleaming white 1930's buildings immortalised in the classic film starring Humphrey Bogart.
Lisbon, Portugal's capital city, is home to the magnificent Jeronimos Monastery, Belem Tower, 25th April Bridge and Monument of the Discoveries. Wander through the maze of narrow streets in the delightful Alfama district and ride one of the famous old trams.