Cruise and Maritime Voyages
Columbus, Grand Round the World Cruise Sector ex Auckland to Tilbury
Ship: Columbus
Selected Sailing Date: 17 Feb 2018
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Cruise Description

78 Night Grand Round the World Cruise sector sailing from Auckland to Tilbury aboard Columbus.

Begin your journey from the Southern to Northern Hemisphere in the extraordinary setting of New Zealand with its proud Maori heritage before your adventure takes you to Australia’s most cosmopolitan city, Sydney, and onto Indonesia via the Great Barrier Reef and Darwin. Bali and the Philippines that act as stepping stones to the vibrantly chaotic Chinese orient, Shanghai and Hong Kong, before visiting fascinating Vietnam. Two contrasting Thai experiences, Ko Samui and Bangkok, prepare you for the cultural melting pot of Singapore.

The pulsating sub-continent of India will blaze in your memory long after you've left its shores for Dubai – the Venice of the Gulf. The strikingly understated, arabesque, Oman, provides a stunning distraction en-route to Egypt for the magnificent Valley of the Kings. Choose to visit the ‘lost city’ of Petra in Jordan before transiting the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean on the last leg or your adventure where you’ll call at Piraeus for Athens, then Gibraltar and the ‘Rock’, before reaching home.

Highlights of this cruise:

Bay of Islands
This stunningly beautiful enclave off the coast of New Zealand’s North Island is a sub-tropical micro-region consisting of approximately 150 islands. Its turquoise waters and undeveloped beaches are a paradise for water sports enthusiasts and sun-worshippers alike. There is a huge historical significance, too: it is the birthplace of European colonisation and it was here that the Treaty of Waitangi – essentially the founding document of New Zealand as a nation, which gave British sovereignty over the islands while recognising the rights of the Mãori – was drawn up in 1840.

Yorkeys Knob
This northern beach suburb of Cairns is named after George ‘Yorkey’ Lawson, a fisherman from Yorkshire who arrived in the area in the mid 19th century and built a homestead. To the north of the knob (the headland) lies a calm bay, to the south an incredible beach, one of the top 10 kitesurfing destinations in the world. Cairns itself is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Kurunda National Park (both optional shore excursions), and also a centre for sailing, diving and snorkelling.

China’s largest city and, with over 24million inhabitants, the most populous city in the world, Shanghai is now also a global financial centre. Pretty much anything you could want is here, but, at the heart of this futuristic metropolis, there is still plenty of history: there’s the Old City to explore, as well as the Bund, the famous waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings. The latter lies across the Huangpu River from the space age skyline of Pudong, which boasts two of the top 10 tallest buildings in the world – the 632m Shanghai Tower and 492m Shanghai World Financial Centre.

Ko Samui
One of Thailand’s largest islands, Ko Samui is known for its coconut palm lined beaches, coral reefs and dense, mountainous rainforest. If you don’t just want to worship the sun, there are a number of Buddhist temples including the stunning Wat Plai Laem, Wat Khunaram, home to the ‘Mummy Monk’ — Luang Pho Daeng, a Thai Buddhist monk who died while meditating in 1973. Wat Phra Yai on Ko Phan island — in English, the Big Buddha Temple — is famous for its remarkable 12m high statue.

Steeped in its colonial past, the Lion City of Sir Stamford Raffles is one of the most exciting cities in the East and provides an opportunity to visit the alleyways of Chinatown, a Hindu Temple, Sentosa Island, the world renowned botanical gardens, Jurong Bird Park and Orchard Road. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a Singapore Sling at the famous Raffles Hotel.

The country’s largest city and cultural capital, the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial heritage of the past mixes with the modern influences of the Sinhalese, Muslim and Tamil to make Colombo a fascinating vibrant, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural city. An outstanding landmark in the centre is the huge Beira Lake, testament to the combination of land and water that dictates the geography of the city.

The ninth biggest city in the world, with a population of 18.4million, Mumbai is literally the Gateway of India — the huge stone arch of that name, built by the British Raj in 1924, dominates the waterfront at the harbour. The city is the bustling financial centre of India and home to its film industry, but it also boasts a number of incredible historic buildings and temples, including the sculpted caves of nearby Elephanta Island and Mani Bhavan, focal point of Mahatma Gandhi’s political activities for nearly two decades.

This glamorous playground on the Persian Gulf is known for its luxury shopping and lively nightlife. Everything here seems to be the biggest and the best: the skyline is dominated by the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, an 830m tall tower, at the foot of which are some of the finest fountains anywhere. One of the largest shopping centres in the world, Mall of the Emirates, has its own adjoining indoor skiing centre with real snow – not bad considering the average outdoor temperature is 25 degrees. Dune safaris are an ever-popular activity here, too.

Piraeus is the gateway to Athens, the birthplace of democracy and a cradle of western civilisation. In this city of Plato and Socrates, visit the Acropolis with its mighty Parthenon, the temple of the Greek goddess Athena. Below the Acropolis lies the Theatre of Dionysos, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the honeycomb of streets that make up the Plaka district of shops and tavernas. In the heart of the city there’s the National Archaeological Museum, the Olympic Stadium used for the first modern Games in 1896, the Parliament building and Syntagma Square.

Famously contested, Gibraltar is a renowned headland in the Mediterranean Sea.
In ancient times known as the Pillars of Hercules with it’s African counterpart, Mt Abyla, the Rock has remained under British rule for the last 300 years, despite being connected to Spain.
A towering 1400 ft outcrop that separates the Mediterranean from the Atlantic, Gibraltar was named Jebel al-Tarik by the Moorish General Tarik who landed there in 711 AD.
See the famous Barbary apes that occupy the island as well as St Michael’s Cave and the Siege Tunnels or admire the view to Africa from a cable car.