Imagine cruising the world in style, visiting iconic cities, and experiencing breathtaking natural wonders—all in one trip.
SEATTLE, WASH. – Holland America Line is making dreams come true with its plans for a 133-day Pole-to-Pole cruise and a 124-day world voyage in 2025. These journeys are designed to provide travelers with the ultimate adventure, with a focus on comfort, luxury, and unforgettable experiences.
“This will be a truly historic pair of voyages,” Antorcha told guests. “Our Grand World Voyage travels east to west and our other Grands focus on one region, so designing this first-of-its-kind route that explores south to north roundtrip from the U.S. is an incredible way to allow our guests two different choices to travel across the world.”
“Detailed planning went into this voyage to ensure we’re visiting destinations when the weather is favorable, and we included locations that are sought after like the Amazon River, Greenland and Iceland, in addition to Antarctica and the Arctic,” said Paul Grigsby, vice president for deployment and itinerary planning for Holland America Line. “We’ve created two voyages that linger in ports for memorable moments and several overnight stays. We even timed it so the two voyages will meet-up to share an overnight experience in Barcelona.”
The 133-Day Pole-to-Pole Cruise: A Voyage of Extremes
Holland America Line’s groundbreaking 133-day Pole-to-Pole cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime journey that takes passengers from the icy Arctic to the frosty Antarctic, covering some of the most remote and pristine regions on Earth. This voyage will not only showcase the incredible diversity of our planet but also provide passengers with unique opportunities to explore and learn about these polar regions.
Starting in the northern city of Tromsø, Norway, the cruise will navigate the Arctic waters, visiting destinations such as Svalbard, Greenland, and the Canadian Arctic. The ship will then head south, passing through the Panama Canal, before continuing to the tip of South America, where it will sail around Cape Horn and explore the southernmost city, Ushuaia. Finally, the journey will conclude with a thrilling Antarctic expedition, where passengers can witness the untouched beauty of this icy wilderness.
The 124-Day World Voyage: A Global Adventure
For those who have always dreamt of circumnavigating the globe, the 124-day world voyage offers an unparalleled opportunity to do so in style. This epic journey will take passengers across six continents, visiting an impressive 62 ports in 32 countries, and providing an immersive experience that goes beyond traditional cruises.
Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the world voyage will take travelers on an unforgettable adventure across the Atlantic, with stops in the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and the South Pacific. The journey includes stops at iconic destinations such as Sydney, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Athens, as well as lesser-known gems like the Maldives, Seychelles, and Easter Island.
Luxurious Ships and Exceptional Experiences
Both the Pole-to-Pole cruise and the world voyage will be hosted aboard Holland America Line’s state-of-the-art vessels, offering exceptional comfort, world-class dining, and unparalleled service. Passengers can expect spacious staterooms, a variety of dining options, and a range of onboard entertainment and enrichment programs that cater to diverse interests.
In addition to the luxury onboard experience, Holland America Line is committed to providing immersive shore excursions that allow passengers to explore the rich culture, history, and natural beauty of each destination. From dog-sledding in the Arctic to snorkeling in the Maldives, these cruises offer a wealth of unique experiences that cater to every taste and preference.
2025 Grand Voyage: Pole-to-Pole Highlights — Volendam
- 133 days. Departing Jan. 25, 2025, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale.
- 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.
- Pole to Pole: Down south Volendam spends four days of scenic cruising in Antarctica and up north the ship crosses the Artic Circle to the North Cape.
- 68 total ports across five continents and 28 countries.
- 8 overnight calls: Fuerte Amador, Panama; Callao (Lima), Peru; Buenos, Aires, Argentina; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Barcelona, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; and Reykjavik, Iceland.
- Memorable Moments: Panama Canal transit, Cape Horn, Antarctica, Falkland Islands, exploring the Amazon River, Strait of Gibraltar, Norwegian fjords, North Cape, Iceland and Greenland.
2025 Grand World Voyage Highlights — Zuiderdam
- 124 days. Departing Jan. 4, 2025, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale.
- Transits the Panama Canal and makes way to Easter Island before crossing the South Pacific to Australia. Explores the Great Barrier Reef en route to Indonesia and Sri Lanka, then sails south to Cape Town, South Africa, by way of the Seychelles, back up along the eastern coast of Africa, through the Suez Canal to Portugal before crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
- 46 total ports in 32 countries across six continents.
- 9 overnight calls: Callao (two nights); Easter Island; Papeete, Tahiti; Sydney, Australia; Singapore; Cape Town; Mombasa, Kenya; Safaga, Egypt; and Barcelona.
- 7 late-night departures: Manta, Ecuador; Seychelles; Cape Town and Durban, South Africa; Aqaba, Jordan; Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy; and Gibraltar, U.K.
- Memorable Moments: Panama Canal transit, two nights at Callao allowing time to visit Machu Picchu, Easter Island, scenic cruising in the Great Barrier Reef, two full days in Cape Town, the opportunity to visit Petra from Jordan and experience Luxor from Safaga.
Grand Rendezvous in Barcelona
On April 24, 2025, Volendam and Zuiderdam will meet in Barcelona, Spain, for a joint overnight call, bringing the two Grand Voyages together for a celebration. Special festivities involving both ships will mark the occasion of the perfectly planned dual visit.
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