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29 April, 2023

Holland America Line has announced first-ever “Pole-to-Pole” Grand Voyage roundtrip from the U.S. in 2025. Details of the new 133-day sailing along with a simultaneous 124-day “2025 Grand World Voyage” were unveiled by President Gus Antorcha aboard Zuiderdam to “Grand World Voyage” guests sailing in the North Sea.

With the “Grand Voyage: Pole-to-Pole” and “Grand World Voyage” both departing in January 2025, this will be the first time the line is offering two Grand Voyages of more than 120 days simultaneously. The “Grand Voyage: Pole-to-Pole” aboard Volendam enables cruisers to visit five continents on a journey that travels south-to-north, while the “Grand World Voyage” aboard Zuiderdam covers six continents on an east-to-west route, each sailing roundtrip from a U.S. homeport.

The 133-day “2025 Grand Voyage: Pole-to-Pole” departs January 25, 2025, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. The itinerary follows a south-north-south route through the Panama Canal, down along the west coast of South America to Antarctica, then up along Argentina and Brazil to the heart of the Amazon River. The ship then crosses the Atlantic Ocean to Africa, sails north to Europe and up to the North Cape before heading west across the northern Atlantic Ocean via Iceland and Greenland, and finally down the eastern shores of North America.

Down south Volendam spends four days of scenic cruising in Antarctica and up north the ship crosses the Artic Circle to the North Cape. Other highlights:

  • 68 total ports across five continents and 28 countries
  • Eight overnight calls: Fuerte Amador, Callao (Lima), Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Lisbon and Reykjavik

The 124-day “2025 Grand World Voyage” departs January 4, 2025, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. The itinerary transits the Panama Canal and makes way to Easter Island before crossing the South Pacific to Australia. Zuiderdam explores the Great Barrier Reef en route to Indonesia and Sri Lanka, then sails south to Cape Town by way of the Seychelles, back up along the eastern coast of Africa, through the Suez Canal to Portugal before crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Highlights include:

  • 46 total ports in 32 countries across six continents
  • Nine overnight calls: Callao (two nights), Easter Island, Papeete, Sydney, Singapore, Cape Town, Mombasa, Safaga and Barcelona
  • Seven late-night departures: Manta, Seychelles, Cape Town, Durban, Aqaba, Civitavecchia and Gibraltar

Guests who book the full 133-day “Grand Voyage: Pole-to-Pole” or 124-day “Grand World Voyage” by June 3, 2024, receive onboard spending credits and amenities valued at up to $8,800 or $8,500, respectively, per person. Perks for guests who book early include a complimentary Surf Wi-Fi package, $500 air credit per person if booked through Flight Ease and complimentary roundtrip airport transfers to and from the Fort Lauderdale airport.

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