Around the world in 121 days

Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) will launch a round-the-world cruise in 2020 promising 121 days of sailing at an incredibly affordable price on its flagship, Columbus.

The journey will take in 37 ports of call covering five continents and 27 countries over 120 nights.

Not only will the cruise offer an affordable and iconic maritime journey, but with the style and comfort for which Australia’s leading independent cruise line is known.

The cruise line’s ‘Buy one, get one free’ promotion offers you the opportunity to see the world for as little as $32,399 per cabin or $135 per person, per night twin share.

And, if you book by 31 July 2018, some guests will receive over $7100 worth of added value including reduced or complimentary CMV Additions Value Packages and over $4400 per cabin onboard credit.

Setting sail from London, Tilbury on 6 January 2020, Columbus will head westbound on a tropical tour of the Caribbean, South America, the Panama Canal and across the Pacific Ocean visiting Polynesian Islands, Tonga and Fiji, before heading to New Zealand and Australia.

It will then head north where guests can experience the cultural wonders of Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Cambodia. Columbus will then visit Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India before heading home past some of the most fascinating places in the world – Egypt, Jordan and the Holy Land via the Suez Canal.

Finally, you’ll end your journey with a relaxing jaunt around the Mediterranean before returning to London on 5 May 2020, just in time for the European summer.

Other highlights of the Grand Round the World Cruise include:

  • transiting the Panama Canal
  • crossing the equator and the international date line
  • an overnight stay in Tahiti
  • the chance to see the Great Barrier Reef and visit The Whitsundays
  • the opportunity to explore fascinating cities such as Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai and Mumbai
  • visiting emerging, unspoiled destinations such as Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka
  • taking an excursion to the see the Taj Mahal in India or the Lost City of Petra in Jordan (additional fees apply for overland tours and shore excursions). 

“This incredible voyage provides the opportunity to tick off all these must-see destinations and iconic sights in one go,” said Dean Brazier, CMV Australia managing director.

“For many, circumnavigating the globe by ship is a lifelong ambition, and we are proud that our exceptionally priced fares and generous inclusions allow our guests to realise this dream.”

Columbus also offers 150 cabins especially reserved for solo travellers, with five different accommodation options.

Having previously built an enviable reputation cruising from Australia, Columbus is an ideal vessel for exploring the world. Having recently undergone an extensive refit and upgrades, Columbus was purpose-built for deep-sea ocean cruising, ensuring her 1400 guests travel in complete comfort whether on the open seas or calling into smaller ports. At 64,000 tonnes, she retains a sense of intimacy while offering guests space and a choice of onboard facilities, including six dining options, seven bars and lounges, two expansive pools and an impressive two-tiered show lounge.

Operating for six years out of Australia, Cruise & Maritime Voyages offers a traditional, boutique cruise experience and exceptional value. Little wonder then that it enjoys a customer satisfaction rating of 95 per cent. Over the past decade the cruise line has become known for its relaxed, convivial ambience, exacting standards and high levels of attentive personal service aboard each of the five small to mid-sized ships.

CMV’s global fleet comprises Astor, Astoria, Columbus, Magellan, Marco Polo, and from April 2019, Vasco da Gama.


Is a round-the-world cruise on your wish list? How does the idea of spending almost half the year sailing the seas in sunny conditions appeal to you?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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