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Columbus
Cruise and Maritime Voyages
Columbus, Grand Round the World Cruise Sector ex Sydney to Singapore
Ship: Columbus
Selected Sailing Date: 24 Feb 2018
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Cruise Description

35 Night Grand Round the World Cruise Sector sailing from Sydney to Singapore aboard Columbus.

Cruise the Southern Hemisphere and experience a melting pot of cultures from Australasia, Indonesia, Malaysia and The Orient. Beginning your journey in Australia’s most cosmopolitan city, Sydney, before your passage takes you 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 and the grand finale of your adventure.

Highlights of this cruise:

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.

Shanghai
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.

Ho Chi Minh
Still commonly referred to as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has driven the country forward with its pulsating energy. Wander through timeless alleys to incense-infused temples before catching up with the present in designer malls. The real beauty is this city’s blend of two worlds into one thrilling, seething mass. A host of exhilarating tours get you way off-the-beaten track.

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.

Laem Chabang
This large port serves both the resort of Pattaya to the south and, two hours to the north, the capital city of Thailand, Bangkok. This sprawling metropolis is a city of contrasts: ornate shrines such as the beautiful Marble Temple mix with vibrant street life; historic, bustling streets sit side-by-side with giant, air-conditioned shopping malls; slow boats plying the Chao Phraya River past the Grand Palace overtake the even slower moving traffic on the roads. This slightly chaotic blend of old and new is exactly what gives Bangkok its character.

Singapore
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.

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