90 Night cruise departing from Tilbury to Cape Town onboard Columbus.
Not long after departing British shores, you’ll cross the Atlantic arriving in the beautiful island of São Miguel in the Azores before cruising on to the paradise islands of the Caribbean. After transiting through the Panama Canal you will cross the equator stopping at five Robinson Crusoe-esque islands in the South Sea which serve as an appetiser for the extraordinary scenery of New Zealand with its proud Maori heritage and enjoying 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 from Australia to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Tropical Indian Ocean islands are steppingstones to the excitement of Kenya. Explore Durban and East London before arriving in Cape Town in South Africa.
Highlights of this cruise:
Rotterdam is divided north and south by the River Nieuwe Maas with the city centre located on the northern bank of the River. Built mostly behind dykes, large parts of Rotterdam are below sea level. There is a whole host of attractions - a city of modern architecture and delightful culture. Over the centuries, Rotterdam has grown from a fishing village into an international centre of trade. From Rotterdam choose to take an optional tour to Delft & The Hague or the UNESCO World Heritage site Kinderdijk.
Leixões for Oporto (Portugal)
Situated just north of the mouth of the River Douro, Leixoes is one of Portugal’s major seaports and a gateway to Oporto. Optional excursions feature the country’s second city that is known throughout the world as the home of the famous port wine. A boat trip on the River Douro gives a different view of the city where dark buildings seem to be stacked one on another along the narrow, labyrinthine streets. In Oporto’s São Bento Station traditional tile panels depict the history of Portugal. Oporto is home to the Museum of the Tram giving insight into this traditional and often preferred mode of transport.
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores (Portugal)
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.
The capital of Barbados, and UNESCO World Heritage site, Bridgetown has a distinctly British atmosphere - you’ll even find a Trafalgar Square with a statue of Nelson. Barbados typifies our idea of a classic West Indian island like no other. The island has a beautiful interior dotted with gardens and English country churches, and is rimmed with wonderful breaches.
St. Georges (Grenada)
The pretty port of St. George’s is the capital of Grenada, the famed 'Spice Island'. Lush tropical rainforests, spectacular mountainous scenery, vanilla plantations and the wonderful fragrance and aroma of the island’s spices of nutmeg and cinnamon combine to provide a real treasure trove just waiting to be explored. The horseshoe shaped harbour is surrounded by terraced hill slopes with steep cobbled streets, quaint buildings and alleyways leading to the bustling marketplace, home to a plethora of spice traders. A walk to the hillside fort provides a marvellous panorama of the town or what about taking a water taxi to the beautiful Grand Anse beach.
Cartagena, Colombia (Colombia)
This bustling city 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.
Nuku Hiva (French Polynesia)
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.
Papeete, Tahiti (French Polynesia)
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.
Bora Bora (French Polynesia)
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.
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’.
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, Mahé, (Seychelles)
A true tropical island paradise, Mahé is the perfect stop to unwind with its sandy beached bays enclosed by lush coconut and takamaka trees. For those looking to explore Victoria, Mahé’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.
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