GRAND WORLD CRUISE ITINERARY JAN 2021

Grand Round the World Cruise 2021

Ship: Columbus • Departs: London Tilbury • Sail Date: Wednesday 6th Jan 2021 • Duration: 120 nights
Cruise Code: C106

Twin Inner from: $44009pp $11999pp

Twin Ocean View from: $58649pp $15999pp

 

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06/01/21 London Tilbury (United Kingdom) - 1700  
07/01/21 Rotterdam (Netherlands) 0800 1700
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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.

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10/01/21 Leixões for Oporto (Portugal) 0800 1600
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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.

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13/01/21 Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores (Portugal) 0800 1800
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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.

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20/01/21 Bridgetown (Barbados) 0800 2000
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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.

21/01/21 St. Georges (Grenada) 0800 1800
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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.

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24/01/21 Cartagena, Colombia (Colombia) 0700 1400
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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.

25/01/21 Colón (Panama) 0900 2300
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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.

26/01/21 Transit Panama Canal 0400 1900
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Note: Panama/Suez transit times subject to confirmation of convoy timings which may affect port of call timings before or following transit.

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05/02/21 Land by launch or tenderNuku Hiva (French Polynesia) 0700 1800
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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.

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07/02/21 Papeete, Tahiti (French Polynesia) 1900 -
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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.

08/02/21 Papeete, Tahiti (French Polynesia) - 2100
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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.

09/02/21 Land by launch or tenderBora Bora (French Polynesia) 0800 1900
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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.

10/02/21 Land by launch or tenderHuahine (Maroe Bay) (French Polynesia) 0700 1700
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Arguably the most picturesque island in French Polynesia, Huahine is a haven of solitude and quiet. From beautiful white sandy beaches to an abundance of lush green tropical foliage earning it the title of 'The Garden Island' relax and enjoy this small piece of paradise.

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12/02/21 Land by launch or tenderRarotonga 0800 1800
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The 'jewel in the crown' and largest of the tiny Cook Islands, Rarotonga is a bewitching blend of craggy mountains, dense jungle and glorious bone-white beaches. Polynesian culture, estimated to 5,000 years old, sits side-by-side with some of the most spectacular natural scenery in the South Pacific.

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16/02/21 Nuku'alofa (Tonga) 0800 2300
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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'.

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20/02/21 Auckland (New Zealand) 0700 2200
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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.

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23/02/21 Sydney (Australia) 0700 -
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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.

24/02/21 Sydney (Australia) - 1900
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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.

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27/02/21 Land by launch or tenderAirlie Beach (Australia) 0800 2300
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After the hustle and bustle of Sydney relax in stunning Airlie Beach, the Heart of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, a sailor's paradise. Don't miss the opportunity to take an optional tour to the Whitsunday Isles with its white beaches, clear aquamarine waters and abundant marine life.

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01/03/21 Land by launch or tenderYorkeys Knob (Australia) 0500 2000
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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.

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05/03/21 Darwin, Northern Territory (Australia) 0700 1700
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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.

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08/03/21 Benoa, Bali (Indonesia) 0700 1700
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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.

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11/03/21 Singapore (Singapore) 0700 2200
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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.

12/03/21 Land by launch or tenderMalacca (Malaysia) 0900 2000
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The 'Historic State' of Malaysia, Malacca is a melting pot of culture and history. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its well-preserved architecture the city proudly showcases its Dutch, Portuguese and English heritage.

13/03/21 Port Klang (Malaysia) 0600 1900
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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.

14/03/21 Penang (Malaysia) 0830 1800
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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.

15/03/21 Phuket (Thailand) 0800 2300
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The fabulous island resort of Phuket is an oriental gem with beautiful beaches, excellent shopping 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.

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19/03/21 Colombo (Sri Lanka) 0800 2300
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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.

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21/03/21 Land by launch or tenderMalé (Maldives) 0800 2000
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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.

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25/03/21 Victoria, Mahé, (Seychelles) 0800 1800
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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.

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28/03/21 Mombasa (Kenya) 0700 -
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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.

29/03/21 Mombasa (Kenya) - 1800
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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.

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03/04/21 Durban (South Africa) 0800 1800
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Europe meets Africa in South Africa's prime resort of Durban, with all the benefits of being on the Indian Ocean. 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 nothing else, stroll along the main promenade and stop for traditional afternoon tea at the Royal Hotel.

04/04/21 East London (South Africa) 1200 1800
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Nestled between South Africa's Sunshine and Wild Coastlines, East London is split by the Buffalo River which flows from its source in the Amatola Mountains down to the Indian Ocean. A mixture of African culture, English architecture and a German flavour come together seamlessly in the 'Buffalo City'.

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06/04/21 Cape Town (South Africa) 0600 -
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The jewel of South Africa's coastline, Cape Town is a city with 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 up Table Mountain, go wine-tasting in nearby Paarl or Stellenbosch (world-class vintages guaranteed) or soak up some of the great botanical gardens.

07/04/21 Cape Town (South Africa) - 1300
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The jewel of South Africa's coastline, Cape Town is a city with 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 up Table Mountain, go wine-tasting in nearby Paarl or Stellenbosch (world-class vintages guaranteed) or soak up some of the great botanical gardens.

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11/04/21 Land by launch or tenderTristan da Cunha (BCC) 0800 1700
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As the world's most isolated populated island, Tristan da Cunha is a true castaway island situated in the South Atlantic Ocean, between South Africa and South America. Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, the Island's only settlement, is home to all 269 islanders. Be sure to purchase a rare Tristan da Cunha postage stamp from the world's remotest post office team.

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16/04/21 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) 0600 2400
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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.

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19/04/21 Salvador de Bahia (Brazil) 0800 2400
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Salvador is on a peninsula which shields the large Baía 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.

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21/04/21 Recife (Brazil) 0700 1700
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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 "água 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.

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27/04/21 Mindelo, São Vicente (Cape Verde) 0900 1800
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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.

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01/05/21 Casablanca for Marrakech (Morocco) 0700 2100
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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.

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03/05/21 Lisbon (Portugal) 0700 1400
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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.

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06/05/21 London Tilbury (United Kingdom) 0800 -  

Note: In the event of adverse weather/sea conditions that prevent the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports, alternative arrangements will be made where possible.

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