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49 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from London

49 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    London (Greenwich, Tower Bridge, Tilbury)
  • Day 2
    Rotterdam
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Porto (Leixoes)
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Ponta Delgada
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Barbados
  • Day 16
    St. George's
  • Day 17
    Cruising
  • Day 18
    Cruising
  • Day 19
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 20
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 21
    Panama Canal (Cruising)
  • Day 22
    Cruising
  • Day 23
    Cruising
  • Day 24
    Cruising
  • Day 25
    Cruising
  • Day 26
    Cruising
  • Day 27
    Cruising
  • Day 28
    Cruising
  • Day 29
    Cruising
  • Day 30
    Cruising
  • Day 31
    Nuku Hiva
  • Day 32
    Cruising
  • Day 33
    Tahiti (Papeete)
  • Day 34
    Tahiti (Papeete)
  • Day 35
    Bora Bora
  • Day 36
    Huahine
  • Day 37
    Cruising
  • Day 38
    Rarotonga
  • Day 39
    Cruising
  • Day 40
    Cruising
  • Day 41
    Cruising
  • Day 42
    Nuku Alofa
  • Day 43
    Cruising
  • Day 44
    Cruising
  • Day 45
    Cruising
  • Day 46
    Auckland
  • Day 47
    Cruising
  • Day 48
    Cruising
  • Day 49
    Sydney (Australia)
  • Day 50
    Sydney (Australia)

Columbus

Columbus - Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Pros

Friendly crew and some surprisingly good speciality dining

Cons

Evening entertainment is lacklustre at times

Bottom Line

A ship offering exactly what it promises: traditional cruising at affordable prices


Cruise Reviews

It was my 70th Birthday and we saw an Add in October for a 70 day cruise to London going to taste many places I could not afford to normally travel to. Covid-19 was in the news and we had China and Honkong removed from the ports to be ... Read More
It was my 70th Birthday and we saw an Add in October for a 70 day cruise to London going to taste many places I could not afford to normally travel to. Covid-19 was in the news and we had China and Honkong removed from the ports to be visited. I checked with our agent the week before and he said it would go ahead. I noted the Travel insurance would not refund us if we pulled out. 25th February we left sydney and visited The whitsundays and the Yorkes Knob. We saw from new articles that there was issues and asked the management team are they going to abort the cruise, they said no all is good. Aday out of Yorkes Knob we were told we will not be going to New Guinea and Japan and the ship would visit Darwin. By the time we got to Darwin we could seem more ports on the cruise are closing to cruise ship. I wanted to get off but there was a lot of money at stake. We left Darwin and went to Bali, Lombok and Semerang. We were going to Jakata and seriously considering flying home. On the Thursday 12th March we were told the cruise was cancelled but we were to go north to swap ships and go back to Perth on the Vasgo De Gama. on the 18th we swapped ships off Thailand very easy transfer. By the way we had no virus on either ship. We headed for Perth. We arrived on Friday the 27th and the ship wanted us all of the boat by saturday afternoon, unbeknown to the ships Captain the WA Government unfortunately stepped in and we were held on board until late monday night. We were put in to isolation until Good Friday with very very poor food, no grog, no excercise etc. The disembarkment was amess and too 8hours for us to get to our hotel room. In conclusion I believe CMV should have cancelled the cruise in Darwin. There was enough information out there to make that decision. We spent 16 days at sea from the time we were told the cruise was cancelled until we got to Perth 11 Days in Lockdown, another week waiting for a flight home. The Crew, Both ships, Reading about eastern european I agree with others, they were not happy people, and did not want to be on board, some were outright rude. BUT the Asians were great, both ships had great performers. Now we are trying to get our promised refund as its now 80 odd days from the cancellation we are being fobbed off by the Travel Company, now looking at legal action. Probably we do another Cruise with CMV if we get a refund but not as long. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We wanted a relaxing trip home from New Zealand opposed to our regular method of flying. We intended to use the on board facilities for massages etc which were superb eventhough a little pricey compared to other cruise lines. The use of ... Read More
We wanted a relaxing trip home from New Zealand opposed to our regular method of flying. We intended to use the on board facilities for massages etc which were superb eventhough a little pricey compared to other cruise lines. The use of sauna, gymnasium and relaxation room was an added and unexpected bonus. The entertainment wanted and waned but the last night before diembarking in Sydney was excellent. The ship was a bit of old charm which suited our reason for cruising this time and was different to the normal hustle and bustle of other cruise lines especially at the buffet. The shops were uninspiring with products available for sale. Things like emery boards, panadol and other basics we not available for purchase. With staff from a global community, some had difficulty in expressing their happiness or welcoming attitude to cruise guests. Take the minuses from the pluses or visa versa, the cruise was what we wanted but we were happy to disembark in Sydney after cruising from Auckland. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This cruise itinery ticked a number of bucket list items- route, destinations and activities such as cruising the Panama Canal and South Pacific. We caught the coach from Victoria Bus Station to Tilbury (prepaid and trouble free), ... Read More
This cruise itinery ticked a number of bucket list items- route, destinations and activities such as cruising the Panama Canal and South Pacific. We caught the coach from Victoria Bus Station to Tilbury (prepaid and trouble free), where we endured a long wait for checking documentation, travel insurance, visas and medicals. After review we were quickly processed and headed to our cabin where our luggage was already at the door. We toured the ship and found all the bars and lounges plus common areas which had been updated with an appealing decor. The teak outside decks of this 30 year old ship gave a good feel with the top level walking track grassed in plastic turf. We checked out the bistro and used the dining room most evenings (set table allocation) where we were placed with other guests also departing in Sydney. The waiter service was excellent and friendly, presenting good quality 5 course meals (if you wanted all courses). Presentation was in the main to a very high standard, but quality of meat cut didn't always suit me. We tried the Grill twice (fee applies) and the Chefs Table (fee applies) as well as Fusion (Indian) (fee applies)- the highlight was the Chefs Table for me. The Ships Management facilitated a few Cruise Critic activities which we requested and invited and received management attendance (Captain,Hotel Director and others). Room allocation was as requested for our 30 or so members. The Cruise Director Tony provided a "late night interview" along with other guests, and explored what Cruise Critic was all about. It seemed that British cruisers and perhaps some management were not that familiar with Cruise Critic but by the last event more interest was being shown. Entertainment by the ships Dancers and Singers was first class, some visiting acts we didn't bother with attending the second night. Guest presenter Paul and his wife gave travel/location. They were both excellent and thoroughly enjoyable. One cruiser and his wife undertook Thai Chi and fitness/relaxation on a voluntary basis and this was amazingly popular with everyone such that three sessions were run during the day along with many other activities offered by the ship. Full credit to Ships Management in permitting these additional activities. Our own activites were holiday based (we needed to relax), we did lots of reading, naps, eating and drinking! The spa area was refreshed at the start of the cruise and the gym had ample resistance weights and treadmills which were well used but not so much by the writer. We took a VIP drinks package and explored many of the wines and cocktails as part of the package We also enjoyed barista coffee most days (50% discount) and looked forward to that. We did a number of excursions some with the ship, some simply a walk around the coastal drives, and some onshore excursions (self managed). The Gatun Lake Panama Canal excursion was ordinary due to timings. Credit to the ship and a surprise to us, they refunded portion of this excursion cost due to the issues experienced by the late coaches. The self arranged boat tour which included swimming with sharks and stingrays, viewing mantra rays and local lunch on an island plus island tour at Bora Bora was fantastic As we cruised, we had to divert form one port to another due to rough seas and we started to hear about Covid -19 issues, with our first and only port rejection-Tonga. We had a scheduled Cruise Critic meeting where the Hotel Director explained the situation was quite fluid and how the ship was adapting to the changes.His frankness was appreciated. This was our cruise to relax on after a busy year or so and made much more enjoyable by interacting with our fellow cruisers and crew. It was also fantastic to meet up with our Cruise Critic members after about 18 months of blogging and it felt like we were old friends when we came together in Taverners Bar for the first time. One or two had done thorough Port research before departure and this was invaluable to us when we were planning excursions. Thanks especially to them (unnamed but they will know when they read this).. So our cruise was 50 nights- the balance of the cruise is 70 nights. The ships return to UK is of interest to us because of the lovely people we met on board. These are troubled times for the industry and we hope that you all get home safely. Thanks for the great cruise Columbus and CMV. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
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