Grand Round the World Cruise – Columbus – departing from London 06 Jan 2021

London

London is the capital of and largest city in England and the United Kingdom, with the largest municipal population in the European Union.  Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London’s ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2) and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits.  The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

London
London, UK

London is the capital of and largest city in England and the United Kingdom, with the largest municipal population in the European Union.  Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London’s ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2) and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits.  The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

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Rotterdam

Rotterdam is the second-largest city and municipality of the Netherlands. It is located in the province of South Holland, at the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas channel leading into the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt delta at the North Sea. Its history goes back to 1270, when a dam was constructed in the Rotte, after which people settled around it for safety. In 1340, Rotterdam was granted city rights by the Count of Holland.

Rotterdam
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam is the second-largest city and municipality of the Netherlands. It is located in the province of South Holland, at the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas channel leading into the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt delta at the North Sea. Its history goes back to 1270, when a dam was constructed in the Rotte, after which people settled around it for safety. In 1340, Rotterdam was granted city rights by the Count of Holland.

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Porto Leixões Cruise Terminal

The terminal is located in the Matosinhos municipality close to the city of Porto in the northern region of Portugal. The total cost of the project is expected to be in the region of 50 million euros. The project is expected to expand and to stimulate the local tourist economy of the area. The new terminal building sits upon a 340 meter long quay and includes a pedestrian access path for use of passengers and the general public. The architect for the project was Luís Pedro Silva with the Structural design for the project being carried out by Newton Engineering Consultants. The main contractor was Ferreira Build Power of Porto.

Porto Leixões Cruise Terminal
Matosinhos, Portugal

The terminal is located in the Matosinhos municipality close to the city of Porto in the northern region of Portugal. The total cost of the project is expected to be in the region of 50 million euros. The project is expected to expand and to stimulate the local tourist economy of the area. The new terminal building sits upon a 340 meter long quay and includes a pedestrian access path for use of passengers and the general public. The architect for the project was Luís Pedro Silva with the Structural design for the project being carried out by Newton Engineering Consultants. The main contractor was Ferreira Build Power of Porto.

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Ponte Delgada

Ponta Delgada is the largest municipality and economic capital of the Autonomous Region of the Azores in Portugal. It is located on São Miguel Island, the largest and most populous in the archipelago. The population in 2011 was 68,809, in an area of 232.99 square kilometres (89.96 square miles).  There are 17,629 residents in the three central civil parishes that comprise the historical city: São Pedro, São Sebastião, and São José.  Ponta Delgada became the region’s administrative capital under the revised constitution of 1976; the judiciary and Catholic see remained in the historical capital of Angra do Heroísmo while the Legislative Assembly of the Azores was established in Horta.

Ponte Delgada
Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Ponta Delgada is the largest municipality and economic capital of the Autonomous Region of the Azores in Portugal. It is located on São Miguel Island, the largest and most populous in the archipelago. The population in 2011 was 68,809, in an area of 232.99 square kilometres (89.96 square miles).  There are 17,629 residents in the three central civil parishes that comprise the historical city: São Pedro, São Sebastião, and São José.  Ponta Delgada became the region’s administrative capital under the revised constitution of 1976; the judiciary and Catholic see remained in the historical capital of Angra do Heroísmo while the Legislative Assembly of the Azores was established in Horta.

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Bridgetown (Barbados)

Bridgetown is the capital and largest city of Barbados. Formerly The Town of Saint Michael, the Greater Bridgetown area is located within the parish of Saint Michael. Bridgetown is sometimes locally referred to as “The City”, but the most common reference is simply “Town”. As of 2014, its metropolitan population stands at roughly 110,000.

Bridgetown (Barbados)
Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown is the capital and largest city of Barbados. Formerly The Town of Saint Michael, the Greater Bridgetown area is located within the parish of Saint Michael. Bridgetown is sometimes locally referred to as “The City”, but the most common reference is simply “Town”. As of 2014, its metropolitan population stands at roughly 110,000.

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St George´s (Grenada)

St. George’s is the capital of Grenada. The town is surrounded by a hillside of an old volcano crater and is on a horseshoe-shaped harbor.

St George´s (Grenada)
Melville Street, St George's, Grenada

St. George’s is the capital of Grenada. The town is surrounded by a hillside of an old volcano crater and is on a horseshoe-shaped harbor.

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Cartagena, Colombia

The city of Cartagena, known in the colonial era as Cartagena de Indias is a major port founded in 1533, located on the northern coast of Colombia in the Caribbean Coast Region. It was strategically located between the Magdalena and Sinú rivers and became the main port for trade between Spain and its overseas empire, establishing its importance by the early 1540s. During the colonial era it was a key port for the export of Peruvian silver to Spain and for the import of enslaved Africans under the asiento system. It was defensible against pirate attacks in the Caribbean.  It is the capital of the Bolívar Department, and had a population 971,592 as of 2016.  It is the fifth-largest city in Colombia and the second largest in the region, after Barranquilla. The urban area of Cartagena is also the fifth-largest urban area in the country. Economic activities include the maritime and petrochemicals industries, as well as tourism.

Cartagena, Colombia
Cartagena, Cartagena Province, Bolivar, Colombia

The city of Cartagena, known in the colonial era as Cartagena de Indias is a major port founded in 1533, located on the northern coast of Colombia in the Caribbean Coast Region. It was strategically located between the Magdalena and Sinú rivers and became the main port for trade between Spain and its overseas empire, establishing its importance by the early 1540s. During the colonial era it was a key port for the export of Peruvian silver to Spain and for the import of enslaved Africans under the asiento system. It was defensible against pirate attacks in the Caribbean.  It is the capital of the Bolívar Department, and had a population 971,592 as of 2016.  It is the fifth-largest city in Colombia and the second largest in the region, after Barranquilla. The urban area of Cartagena is also the fifth-largest urban area in the country. Economic activities include the maritime and petrochemicals industries, as well as tourism.

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Colon for Panama City

Panama is a country in Central America, bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital and largest city is Panama City, whose metropolitan area is home to nearly half the country’s 4 million people.

Colon for Panama City
Seaport Drive, Panama City, FL 32401, USA

Panama is a country in Central America, bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital and largest city is Panama City, whose metropolitan area is home to nearly half the country’s 4 million people.

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Nuku Hiva

Nuku Hiva is the largest of the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia, and is therefore an overseas country of France in the Pacific Ocean. It was formerly also known as Île Marchand and Madison Island.

Nuku Hiva
Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia

Nuku Hiva is the largest of the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia, and is therefore an overseas country of France in the Pacific Ocean. It was formerly also known as Île Marchand and Madison Island.

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Papeete

Papeete is the capital city of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of the French Republic in the Pacific Ocean. The commune of Papeete is located on the island of Tahiti, in the administrative subdivision of the Windward Islands, of which Papeete is the administrative capital.  The French High Commissioneralso resides in Papeete.

Papeete
Pape'ete, French Polynesia

Papeete is the capital city of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of the French Republic in the Pacific Ocean. The commune of Papeete is located on the island of Tahiti, in the administrative subdivision of the Windward Islands, of which Papeete is the administrative capital.  The French High Commissioneralso resides in Papeete.

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Bora Bora

Bora Bora  is a 30.55 km2(12 sq mi) island group in the Leeward group in the western part of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of the French Republic in the Pacific Ocean. The main island, located about 230 kilometres (143 miles) northwest of Papeete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the center of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point at 727 metres (2,385 feet). It is part of the commune of Bora-Bora, which also includes the atoll of Tūpai.

Bora Bora
Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora  is a 30.55 km2(12 sq mi) island group in the Leeward group in the western part of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of the French Republic in the Pacific Ocean. The main island, located about 230 kilometres (143 miles) northwest of Papeete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the center of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point at 727 metres (2,385 feet). It is part of the commune of Bora-Bora, which also includes the atoll of Tūpai.

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Rarotonga

Rarotonga is the most populous of the Cook Islands, with a population of 10,572 (census 2011), out of the country’s total resident population of 14,974. Captain John Dibbs, master of the colonial brig Endeavour, is credited as the European discoverer on 25 July 1823, while transporting the missionary Reverend John Williams.

Rarotonga
Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Rarotonga is the most populous of the Cook Islands, with a population of 10,572 (census 2011), out of the country’s total resident population of 14,974. Captain John Dibbs, master of the colonial brig Endeavour, is credited as the European discoverer on 25 July 1823, while transporting the missionary Reverend John Williams.

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Nuku Alofa

Nukuʻalofa is the capital of Tonga. It is located on the north coast of the island of Tongatapu, in the southernmost island group of Tonga.

Nuku Alofa
Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Nukuʻalofa is the capital of Tonga. It is located on the north coast of the island of Tongatapu, in the southernmost island group of Tonga.

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Auckland

Auckland is a city in the North Island of New Zealand. The most populous urban area in the country, Auckland has an urban population of around 1,628,900 (June 2018).  It is located in the Auckland Region—the area governed by Auckland Council—which includes outlying rural areas and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, resulting in a total population of 1,695,900.  Auckland is a diverse, multicultural and cosmopolitan city, home to the largest Polynesian population in the world.  A Māori-languagename for Auckland is Tāmaki or Tāmaki-makau-rau, meaning “Tāmaki with a hundred lovers”, in reference to the desirability of its fertile land at the hub of waterways in all directions.

Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland is a city in the North Island of New Zealand. The most populous urban area in the country, Auckland has an urban population of around 1,628,900 (June 2018).  It is located in the Auckland Region—the area governed by Auckland Council—which includes outlying rural areas and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, resulting in a total population of 1,695,900.  Auckland is a diverse, multicultural and cosmopolitan city, home to the largest Polynesian population in the world.  A Māori-languagename for Auckland is Tāmaki or Tāmaki-makau-rau, meaning “Tāmaki with a hundred lovers”, in reference to the desirability of its fertile land at the hub of waterways in all directions.

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Sydney

Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania.  Located on Australia’s east coast, the metropolis surrounds Port Jackson and extends about 70 km (43.5 mi) on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north, the Royal National Park to the south and Macarthur to the south-west.Sydney is made up of 658 suburbs, 40 local government areas and 15 contiguous regions. Residents of the city are known as “Sydneysiders”.  As of June 2017, Sydney’s estimated metropolitan population was 5,230,330 and is home to approximately 65% of the state’s population.

Sydney
Sydney NSW, Australia

Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania.  Located on Australia’s east coast, the metropolis surrounds Port Jackson and extends about 70 km (43.5 mi) on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north, the Royal National Park to the south and Macarthur to the south-west.Sydney is made up of 658 suburbs, 40 local government areas and 15 contiguous regions. Residents of the city are known as “Sydneysiders”.  As of June 2017, Sydney’s estimated metropolitan population was 5,230,330 and is home to approximately 65% of the state’s population.

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Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is a coastal locality in the Whitsunday Region of Queensland, Australia.  In the 2016 census, Airlie Beach had a population of 1,208 people.

Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia

Airlie Beach is a coastal locality in the Whitsunday Region of Queensland, Australia.  In the 2016 census, Airlie Beach had a population of 1,208 people.

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Yorkeys Knob

Yorkeys Knob is a coastal suburb of Cairns, in Cairns Region, Far North Queensland, Australia.  It is approximately 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) north of the centre of Cairns, and is the third beach suburb after Machans Beach and Holloways Beach. At the 2011 census, the population of Yorkeys Knob was 2,766.

Yorkeys Knob
Yorkeys Knob QLD 4878, Australia

Yorkeys Knob is a coastal suburb of Cairns, in Cairns Region, Far North Queensland, Australia.  It is approximately 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) north of the centre of Cairns, and is the third beach suburb after Machans Beach and Holloways Beach. At the 2011 census, the population of Yorkeys Knob was 2,766.

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Darwin

Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory of Australia, situated on the Timor Sea. It is the largest city in the sparsely populated Northern Territory, with a population of 148,564.  It is the smallest, wettest and most northerly of the Australian capital cities, and acts as the Top End’s regional centre.

Darwin
Darwin NT, Australia

Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory of Australia, situated on the Timor Sea. It is the largest city in the sparsely populated Northern Territory, with a population of 148,564.  It is the smallest, wettest and most northerly of the Australian capital cities, and acts as the Top End’s regional centre.

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Benoa, Bali

Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia, between the Indian and Pacific oceans. It is the world’s largest island country, with more than seventeen thousand islands, and at 1,904,569 square kilometres (735,358 square miles), the 14th largest by land area and the 7th largest in combined sea and land area.  With over 261 million people, it is the world’s 4th most populous country as well as the most populous Muslim-majority country. Java, the world’s most populous island, is home to more than half of the country’s population.

Benoa, Bali
Tanjung Benoa, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia, between the Indian and Pacific oceans. It is the world’s largest island country, with more than seventeen thousand islands, and at 1,904,569 square kilometres (735,358 square miles), the 14th largest by land area and the 7th largest in combined sea and land area.  With over 261 million people, it is the world’s 4th most populous country as well as the most populous Muslim-majority country. Java, the world’s most populous island, is home to more than half of the country’s population.

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Singapore

Singapore is an island city-state in Southeast Asia. It lies one degree (137 kilometres or 85 miles) north of the equator, at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, with Indonesia’s Riau Islands to the south and Peninsular Malaysia to the north. Singapore’s territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets. Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23% (130 square kilometres or 50 square miles). The nation is known for its transition from a developing to a developed country in a single generation under the leadership of its founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

Singapore
460 Alexandra Rd, Singapore 119963

Singapore is an island city-state in Southeast Asia. It lies one degree (137 kilometres or 85 miles) north of the equator, at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, with Indonesia’s Riau Islands to the south and Peninsular Malaysia to the north. Singapore’s territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets. Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23% (130 square kilometres or 50 square miles). The nation is known for its transition from a developing to a developed country in a single generation under the leadership of its founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

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Malacca

Malacca is a state in Malaysia located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, next to the Strait of Malacca.

Malacca
Malacca, Malaysia

Malacca is a state in Malaysia located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, next to the Strait of Malacca.

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Port Klang

Port Klang is a town and the main gateway by sea into Malaysia.  Known during colonial times as Port Swettenham (Malay: Pelabuhan Swettenham) but renamed Port Klang in July 1972, it is the largest port in the country. It is located about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) southwest of the town of Klang, and 38 kilometres (24 mi) southwest of Kuala Lumpur.

Port Klang
Port Klang, Selangor, Malaysia

Port Klang is a town and the main gateway by sea into Malaysia.  Known during colonial times as Port Swettenham (Malay: Pelabuhan Swettenham) but renamed Port Klang in July 1972, it is the largest port in the country. It is located about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) southwest of the town of Klang, and 38 kilometres (24 mi) southwest of Kuala Lumpur.

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Penang

Penang is a Malaysian state located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, by the Malacca Strait. It has two parts: Penang Island, where the capital city, George Town, is located, and Seberang Perai (formerly Province Wellesley) on the Malay Peninsula. The second smallest Malaysian state by land mass, Penang is bordered by Kedah to the north and the east, and Perak to the south.  Penang Island is connected to the rest of the state by Malaysia’s two longest road bridges, the Penang Bridge and the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge; the latter is also as of May 2019 the longest oversea bridge in Southeast Asia.

Penang
Penang, Malaysia

Penang is a Malaysian state located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, by the Malacca Strait. It has two parts: Penang Island, where the capital city, George Town, is located, and Seberang Perai (formerly Province Wellesley) on the Malay Peninsula. The second smallest Malaysian state by land mass, Penang is bordered by Kedah to the north and the east, and Perak to the south.  Penang Island is connected to the rest of the state by Malaysia’s two longest road bridges, the Penang Bridge and the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge; the latter is also as of May 2019 the longest oversea bridge in Southeast Asia.

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Phuket

Phuket is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. It consists of the island of Phuket, the country’s largest island, and another 32 smaller islands off its coast. It lies off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Phuket Island is connected by the Sarasin Bridge to Phang Nga Province to the north. The next nearest province is Krabi, to the east across Phang Nga Bay

Phuket
Phuket, Thailand

Phuket is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. It consists of the island of Phuket, the country’s largest island, and another 32 smaller islands off its coast. It lies off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Phuket Island is connected by the Sarasin Bridge to Phang Nga Province to the north. The next nearest province is Krabi, to the east across Phang Nga Bay

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Colombo

Colombo is the commercial capital  and largest city of Sri Lanka by population. According to the Brookings Institution, Colombo metropolitan area has a population of 5.6 million, and 752,993 in the city proper. It is the financial centre of the island and a popular tourist destination.  It is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to the Greater Colombo area which includes Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, the legislative capital of Sri Lanka and Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia. Colombo is often referred to as the capital since Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte is within the urban area of, and a suburb of, Colombo. It is also the administrative capital of the Western Province and the district capital of Colombo District. Colombo is a busy and vibrant place with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins.

Colombo
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo is the commercial capital  and largest city of Sri Lanka by population. According to the Brookings Institution, Colombo metropolitan area has a population of 5.6 million, and 752,993 in the city proper. It is the financial centre of the island and a popular tourist destination.  It is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to the Greater Colombo area which includes Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, the legislative capital of Sri Lanka and Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia. Colombo is often referred to as the capital since Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte is within the urban area of, and a suburb of, Colombo. It is also the administrative capital of the Western Province and the district capital of Colombo District. Colombo is a busy and vibrant place with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins.

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Malé

Malé is the capital and most populous city in the Republic of Maldives. With a population of 133,412 and an area of 9.27 square kilometres (3.58 sq mi), it is also one of the most densely populated cities in the world. The city is geographically located at the southern edge of North Malé Atoll (Kaafu Atoll).  Administratively, the city consists of a central island, an airport island, and two other islands governed by the Malé City Council.

Traditionally it was the King’s Island, from where the ancient royal dynasties ruled and where the palace was located. The city was then called MahalFormerly it was a walled city surrounded by fortifications and gates (doroshi). The Royal Palace (Gan’duvaru) was destroyed along with the picturesque forts (koshi) and bastions (buruzu) when the city was remodelled under President Ibrahim Nasir’s rule in the aftermath of the abolition of the monarchy in 1968. However, the Malé Friday Mosque remains. In recent years, the island has been considerably expanded through land-filling operations. Over the years, Malé has been the center of political protests and milestone events.

Malé
Malé, Maldives

Malé is the capital and most populous city in the Republic of Maldives. With a population of 133,412 and an area of 9.27 square kilometres (3.58 sq mi), it is also one of the most densely populated cities in the world. The city is geographically located at the southern edge of North Malé Atoll (Kaafu Atoll).  Administratively, the city consists of a central island, an airport island, and two other islands governed by the Malé City Council.

Traditionally it was the King’s Island, from where the ancient royal dynasties ruled and where the palace was located. The city was then called MahalFormerly it was a walled city surrounded by fortifications and gates (doroshi). The Royal Palace (Gan’duvaru) was destroyed along with the picturesque forts (koshi) and bastions (buruzu) when the city was remodelled under President Ibrahim Nasir’s rule in the aftermath of the abolition of the monarchy in 1968. However, the Malé Friday Mosque remains. In recent years, the island has been considerably expanded through land-filling operations. Over the years, Malé has been the center of political protests and milestone events.

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Mahé

Mahé is the largest island (157.3 km²) of Seychelles, lying in the northeast of the nation in the Indian Ocean. The population of Mahé was 77,000, as of the 2010 census.  It contains the capital city of Victoria and accommodates 86% of the country’s total population. The island was named after Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais, a French governor of Isle de France (modern-day Mauritius).

Mahé
Mahé, Seychelles

Mahé is the largest island (157.3 km²) of Seychelles, lying in the northeast of the nation in the Indian Ocean. The population of Mahé was 77,000, as of the 2010 census.  It contains the capital city of Victoria and accommodates 86% of the country’s total population. The island was named after Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais, a French governor of Isle de France (modern-day Mauritius).

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Mombasa

Mombasa is a coastal city of Kenya along the Indian Ocean. It is the country’s oldest (circa 900 AD) and second-largest city (after the capital Nairobi), with an estimated population of about 1.5 million people in 2017.  Its metropolitan region is the second largest in the country and has a population of approximately 3 million people.  Administratively, Mombasa is the county seat of Mombasa County.

Mombasa
Mombasa, Kenya

Mombasa is a coastal city of Kenya along the Indian Ocean. It is the country’s oldest (circa 900 AD) and second-largest city (after the capital Nairobi), with an estimated population of about 1.5 million people in 2017.  Its metropolitan region is the second largest in the country and has a population of approximately 3 million people.  Administratively, Mombasa is the county seat of Mombasa County.

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Durban

Durban  is the third most populous city in South Africa—after Johannesburg and Cape Town—and the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. Located on the east coast of South Africa, Durban is famous for being the busiest port in the country. It is also seen as one of the major centres of tourism because of the city’s warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches. Durban forms part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, which includes neighboring towns and has a population of about 3.44 million, making the combined municipality one of the biggest cities on the Indian Ocean coast of the African continent. It is also the second most important manufacturing hub in South Africa after Johannesburg. In 2015, Durban was recognised as one of the New7Wonders Cities (along with Vigan, Doha, La Paz, Havana, Beirut, and Kuala Lumpur).  The city was heavily hit by flooding over 4 days from 18 April 2019, leading to 70 deaths and R650 000 000 in damage.

Durban
Durban, South Africa

Durban  is the third most populous city in South Africa—after Johannesburg and Cape Town—and the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. Located on the east coast of South Africa, Durban is famous for being the busiest port in the country. It is also seen as one of the major centres of tourism because of the city’s warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches. Durban forms part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, which includes neighboring towns and has a population of about 3.44 million, making the combined municipality one of the biggest cities on the Indian Ocean coast of the African continent. It is also the second most important manufacturing hub in South Africa after Johannesburg. In 2015, Durban was recognised as one of the New7Wonders Cities (along with Vigan, Doha, La Paz, Havana, Beirut, and Kuala Lumpur).  The city was heavily hit by flooding over 4 days from 18 April 2019, leading to 70 deaths and R650 000 000 in damage.

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East London

East London  is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa.  in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality of the Eastern Cape province. The city lies on the Indian Ocean coast, largely between the Buffalo River and the Nahoon River, and hosts the country’s only river port. As of 2011, East London had a population of over 267,000 with over 755,000 in the metropolitan area.

East London
East London, South Africa

East London  is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa.  in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality of the Eastern Cape province. The city lies on the Indian Ocean coast, largely between the Buffalo River and the Nahoon River, and hosts the country’s only river port. As of 2011, East London had a population of over 267,000 with over 755,000 in the metropolitan area.

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Cape Town

Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa, colloquially named the Mother City. It is the legislative capital of South Africa and primate city of the Western Cape province.  It forms part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality.

Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa, colloquially named the Mother City. It is the legislative capital of South Africa and primate city of the Western Cape province.  It forms part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality.

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Tristan da Cunha

Tristan da Cunha is both a remote group of volcanic islands in the south Atlantic Ocean and the main island of that group. It is the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world, lying approximately 1,511 miles (2,432 km) off the coast of Cape Town in South Africa, 1,343 miles (2,161 km) from Saint Helena and 2,166 miles (3,486 km) off the coast from the Falkland Islands.  The territory consists of the main island, Tristan da Cunha, which has a diameter of roughly 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) and an area of 98 square kilometres (38 sq mi), the smaller, uninhabited Nightingale Islands, and the wildlife reserves of Inaccessible Island and Gough Island. As of October 2018, the main island has 250 permanent inhabitants who all carry British Overseas Territories citizenship.  The other islands are uninhabited, except for the personnel of a weather station on Gough Island.

Tristan da Cunha
Tristan da Cunha, TDCU 1ZZ, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

Tristan da Cunha is both a remote group of volcanic islands in the south Atlantic Ocean and the main island of that group. It is the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world, lying approximately 1,511 miles (2,432 km) off the coast of Cape Town in South Africa, 1,343 miles (2,161 km) from Saint Helena and 2,166 miles (3,486 km) off the coast from the Falkland Islands.  The territory consists of the main island, Tristan da Cunha, which has a diameter of roughly 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) and an area of 98 square kilometres (38 sq mi), the smaller, uninhabited Nightingale Islands, and the wildlife reserves of Inaccessible Island and Gough Island. As of October 2018, the main island has 250 permanent inhabitants who all carry British Overseas Territories citizenship.  The other islands are uninhabited, except for the personnel of a weather station on Gough Island.

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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is anchor to the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area and the second-most populous municipality in Brazil and the sixth-most populous in the Americas. Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s third-most populous state. Part of the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site, named “Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea“, by UNESCO on 1 July 2012 as a Cultural Landscape.

Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is anchor to the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area and the second-most populous municipality in Brazil and the sixth-most populous in the Americas. Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s third-most populous state. Part of the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site, named “Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea“, by UNESCO on 1 July 2012 as a Cultural Landscape.

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Salvador

Salvador is the capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia. With 2.9 million people (2017), it is the largest city proper in the Northeast Region and the 4th largest city proper in the country, after São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília.

Salvador
Salvador - State of Bahia, Brazil

Salvador is the capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia. With 2.9 million people (2017), it is the largest city proper in the Northeast Region and the 4th largest city proper in the country, after São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília.

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Recife

Recife is the fourth-largest urban agglomeration in Brazil with 4,031,485 inhabitants, the largest urban agglomeration of the North/Northeast Regions, and the capital and largest city of the state of Pernambuco in the northeast corner of South America. The population of the city proper was 1,625,583 in 2016.  The first slave port in the Americas, Recife was founded in 1537, during the early Portuguese colonization of Brazil, as the main harbor of the Captaincy of Pernambuco, known for its large scale production of sugar cane.  It was the former capital Mauritsstad of the 17th century colony of New Holland of Dutch Brazil, established by the Dutch West India Company. The city is located at the confluence of the Beberibe and Capibaribe rivers before they flow into the South Atlantic Ocean. It is a major port on the Atlantic. Its name is an allusion to the stone reefs that are present by the city’s shores. The many rivers, small islands and over 50 bridges found in Recife city centre characterise its geography and led to the city being called the “Brazilian Venice”. As of 2010, it is the capital city with the highest HDI in Northeast Brazil and second highest HDI in the entire North and Northeast Brazil (second only to Palmas).

Recife
Recife - State of Pernambuco, Brazil

Recife is the fourth-largest urban agglomeration in Brazil with 4,031,485 inhabitants, the largest urban agglomeration of the North/Northeast Regions, and the capital and largest city of the state of Pernambuco in the northeast corner of South America. The population of the city proper was 1,625,583 in 2016.  The first slave port in the Americas, Recife was founded in 1537, during the early Portuguese colonization of Brazil, as the main harbor of the Captaincy of Pernambuco, known for its large scale production of sugar cane.  It was the former capital Mauritsstad of the 17th century colony of New Holland of Dutch Brazil, established by the Dutch West India Company. The city is located at the confluence of the Beberibe and Capibaribe rivers before they flow into the South Atlantic Ocean. It is a major port on the Atlantic. Its name is an allusion to the stone reefs that are present by the city’s shores. The many rivers, small islands and over 50 bridges found in Recife city centre characterise its geography and led to the city being called the “Brazilian Venice”. As of 2010, it is the capital city with the highest HDI in Northeast Brazil and second highest HDI in the entire North and Northeast Brazil (second only to Palmas).

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Mindelo

Mindelo is a port city in the northern part of the island of São Vicentein Cape Verde. Mindelo is also the seat of the parish of Nossa Senhora da Luz, and the municipality of São Vicente. The city is home to 93% of the entire island’s population. Mindelo is known for its colourful and animated carnival celebrations, with roots in Portuguese traditions.

Mindelo
Mindelo, Cape Verde

Mindelo is a port city in the northern part of the island of São Vicentein Cape Verde. Mindelo is also the seat of the parish of Nossa Senhora da Luz, and the municipality of São Vicente. The city is home to 93% of the entire island’s population. Mindelo is known for its colourful and animated carnival celebrations, with roots in Portuguese traditions.

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Casablanca

Casablanca located in the central-western part of Morocco and bordering the Atlantic Ocean, is the largest city in Morocco. It is also the largest city in the Maghreb region, as well as one of the largest and most important cities in Africa, both economically and demographically.

Casablanca
Casablanca, Morocco

Casablanca located in the central-western part of Morocco and bordering the Atlantic Ocean, is the largest city in Morocco. It is also the largest city in the Maghreb region, as well as one of the largest and most important cities in Africa, both economically and demographically.

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Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. With an estimated population of 505,526 within its administrative limits in an area of 100.05 km2, Lisbon’s urban area extends beyond the city’s administrative limits with a population of around 2.8 million people, being the 11th-most populous urban area in the European Union.  About 3 million people live in the Lisbon metropolitan area, including the Portuguese Riviera, (which represents approximately 27% of the country’s population).  It is mainland Europe’s westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. Lisbon lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. The westernmost portions of its metro area form the westernmost point of Continental Europe, which is known as Cabo da Roca, located in the Sintra Mountains.

Lisbon
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. With an estimated population of 505,526 within its administrative limits in an area of 100.05 km2, Lisbon’s urban area extends beyond the city’s administrative limits with a population of around 2.8 million people, being the 11th-most populous urban area in the European Union.  About 3 million people live in the Lisbon metropolitan area, including the Portuguese Riviera, (which represents approximately 27% of the country’s population).  It is mainland Europe’s westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. Lisbon lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. The westernmost portions of its metro area form the westernmost point of Continental Europe, which is known as Cabo da Roca, located in the Sintra Mountains.

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London

London is the capital of and largest city in England and the United Kingdom, with the largest municipal population in the European Union.  Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London’s ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2) and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits.  The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

London
London, UK

London is the capital of and largest city in England and the United Kingdom, with the largest municipal population in the European Union.  Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London’s ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2) and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits.  The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

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Overview

Sailing via the Azores and Caribbean, Columbus will transit the Panama Canal calling at magical islands of the South Seas to New Zealand and Australia, before unveiling highlights of Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.  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 island 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 adventure.

  • South Pacific – Visit six Robinson Crusoe-like islands with dramatic waterfalls and timeless valleys as you luxuriate in a South Sea islands paradise.
  • Australia – Sydney´s iconic Opera house and Harbour Bridge, and the Great barrier Reef await.
  • Malaysia – From Port Klang choose to take an optional tour to Malaysia´s glittering capital Kuala Lumpur a city of graceful buildings and mosques surrounded by steel and glass towers.
  • Seychelles – Mahe is a nature lovers paradise boasting rare and UNESCO heritage protected plant species and unique animals aplenty.
  • Kenya – Why not take an optional overnight trip to the Tsavo National Park, home to the largest protected area in Kenya and herds of dust-red elephants, rhino lions and hippos.
  • South Africa – With three unique stops in South Africa, including East London and Durban with an overnight stop in Cape Town, you will sail almost 2/3 of South Africa´s fascinating coast.
  • Tristan da Cunha – Experience a true castaway island, nestled deep in the Atlantic between South America and Africa, with its nearest neighbour over 2,000 miles of sea away.
Itinerary
 
DATEPORTARRIVEDEPART 
06/01/21London Tilbury (United Kingdom)1700 
07/01/21Rotterdam (Netherlands)08001700 
08/01/21At Sea 
09/01/21At Sea 
10/01/21Leixões for Oporto (Portugal)08001600 
11/01/21At Sea 
12/01/21At Sea 
13/01/21Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores (Portugal)08001800 
14/01/21At Sea 
15/01/21At Sea 
16/01/21At Sea 
17/01/21At Sea 
18/01/21At Sea 
19/01/21At Sea 
20/01/21Bridgetown (Barbados)08002000 
21/01/21St. Georges (Grenada)08001800 
22/01/21At Sea 
23/01/21At Sea 
24/01/21Cartagena, Colombia (Colombia)07001400 
25/01/21Colón (Panama)09002300 
26/01/21Transit Panama Canal04001900 
27/01/21At Sea 
28/01/21At Sea 
29/01/21At Sea 
30/01/21Crossing the Equator 
31/01/21At Sea 
01/02/21At Sea 
02/02/21At Sea 
03/02/21At Sea 
04/02/21At Sea 
05/02/21Land by launch or tenderNuku Hiva (French Polynesia)07001800 
06/02/21At Sea 
07/02/21Papeete, Tahiti (French Polynesia)1900 
08/02/21Papeete, Tahiti (French Polynesia)2100 
09/02/21Land by launch or tenderBora Bora (French Polynesia)08001900 
10/02/21Land by launch or tenderHuahine (Maroe Bay) (French Polynesia)07001700 
11/02/21At Sea 
12/02/21Land by launch or tenderRarotonga08001800 
13/02/21At Sea 
14/02/21At Sea 
15/02/21Crossing International Date Line 
16/02/21Nuku’alofa (Tonga)08002300 
17/02/21At Sea 
18/02/21At Sea 
19/02/21At Sea 
20/02/21Auckland (New Zealand)07002200 
21/02/21At Sea 
22/02/21At Sea 
23/02/21Land by launch or tenderSydney (Australia)07002200 
23/02/21Passage under the Sydney Harbour Bridge (Australia)22002300 
23/02/21Sydney (Australia)2300 
24/02/21Sydney (Australia)1900 
25/02/21At Sea 
26/02/21At Sea 
27/02/21Land by launch or tenderAirlie Beach (Australia)08002300 
28/02/21Cruising Barrier Reef (Australia) 
01/03/21Land by launch or tenderYorkeys Knob (Australia)05002000 
02/03/21Cruising Barrier Reef (Australia) 
03/03/21At Sea 
04/03/21At Sea 
05/03/21Darwin, Northern Territory (Australia)09002000 
06/03/21At Sea 
07/03/21At Sea 
08/03/21Benoa, Bali (Indonesia)07001700 
09/03/21At Sea 
10/03/21At Sea 
11/03/21Singapore (Singapore)07002200 
12/03/21Land by launch or tenderMalacca (Malaysia)09002000 
13/03/21Port Klang (Malaysia)06001900 
14/03/21Penang (Malaysia)08001800 
15/03/21Phuket (Thailand)08002300 
16/03/21At Sea 
17/03/21At Sea 
18/03/21At Sea 
19/03/21Colombo (Sri Lanka)08002300 
20/03/21At Sea 
21/03/21Land by launch or tenderMalé (Maldives)08002000 
22/03/21At Sea 
23/03/21Crossing the Equator 
24/03/21At Sea 
25/03/21Victoria, Mahé, (Seychelles)08001800 
26/03/21At Sea 
27/03/21At Sea 
28/03/21Mombasa (Kenya)0700 
29/03/21Mombasa (Kenya)1800 
30/03/21At Sea 
31/03/21At Sea 
01/04/21At Sea 
02/04/21At Sea 
03/04/21Durban (South Africa)08001800 
04/04/21East London (South Africa)12001800 
05/04/21At Sea 
06/04/21Cape Town (South Africa)0600 
07/04/21Cape Town (South Africa)1300 
08/04/21At Sea 
09/04/21At Sea 
10/04/21At Sea 
11/04/21Land by launch or tenderTristan da Cunha (BCC)08001700 
12/04/21At Sea 
13/04/21At Sea 
14/04/21At Sea 
15/04/21At Sea 
16/04/21Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)06002400 
17/04/21At Sea 
18/04/21At Sea 
19/04/21Salvador de Bahia (Brazil)08002400 
20/04/21At Sea 
21/04/21Recife (Brazil)07001700 
22/04/21At Sea 
23/04/21At Sea 
24/04/21At Sea 
25/04/21At Sea 
26/04/21At Sea 
27/04/21Mindelo, São Vicente (Cape Verde)09001800 
28/04/21At Sea 
29/04/21At Sea 
30/04/21At Sea 
01/05/21Casablanca for Marrakech (Morocco)07002100 
02/05/21At Sea 
03/05/21Lisbon (Portugal)07001400 
04/05/21At Sea 
05/05/21At Sea 
06/05/21London 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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Ship Details

At 63,786grt, with a draft of 8.20 metres and overall length of nearly 250 metres, Columbus was purpose built for deep sea ocean cruising and we believe is ideally suited to the type of exciting scenic cruise programme we operate. She underwent an extensive refit in August 2015 and was upgraded further in April 2017 before the start of her maiden CMV season. 

Columbus has 775 passenger cabins including 64 de luxe balcony cabins and junior suites which will please many of our customers who have been asking for more balcony accommodation. Following the successful trial on board Magellan, and recognising the needs of single travellers, 150 cabins will be allocated for solos.

Key Information 
Cruise LineCruise & Maritime Voyages
Gross Tonnage63,786grt
RegistryBahamas, British Commonwealth
Passenger Capacity775 cabins (1400 passengers)
Re-built1997, 2003, 2010, 2015 & April 2017
Cruising Speed16.50 knots (Max 21.50kts)
Passenger Decks11
Lifts9
Electric Current220v
Stabilised & Air ConditionedYes
Officers & CrewInternational
Cruise Staff & EntertainersBritish & International
Dimensions 
Length247m (811ft)
Beam32m (105ft)
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Cruise LineCruise&Maritime
Cruise ShipColumbus
Date06/01/2021
FromLondon
ToLondon
Duration120 nights
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