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Holland America Announces First Pole-to-Pole Cruise



Source: Holland America
Holland America Line is gearing up to transport guests on a pair of magnificent global Grand Voyages.
Roundtrip from the United States, Grand Voyages will take passengers to bucket-list destinations while introducing you to hidden gems around the world. And in 2025, Holland America Line will embark simultaneously on two epic adventures lasting more than 120 days. “This will be a truly historic pair of voyages,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “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.”
“Sail away with us on our first ever Grand Voyage: Pole-to-Pole cruise roundtrip from the United States, traveling a south-north-south route around five continents, or navigate the world’s seas on a Grand World Voyage, covering six continents on an east-to-west route. Whichever journey you choose, it’s sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience aboard our timeless ships, draped with luxury and packed with adventure.”
According to Holland America, the two epic cruises are:
2025 Grand Voyage: Pole-to-Pole Highlights Aboard Volendam
Depart on Jan. 25, 2025, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, embarking on a 133-day adventure.
Follow 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.
Enjoy a Pole-to-Pole experience, spending four days of scenic cruising in Antarctica and sailing up north, crossing the Arctic Circle to the North Cape.
Experience 68 ports across five continents and 28 countries with eight overnight calls in: Fuerte Amador, Panama; Callao (Lima), Peru; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Barcelona, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; and Reykjavik, Iceland.
Memorable moments include: 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 Aboard Zuiderdam
Depart on Jan. 4, 2025, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, embarking on a 124-day adventure.
Travel the Panama Canal to Easter Island before crossing the South Pacific to Australia. Explore the Great Barrier Reef en route to Indonesia and Sri Lanka, then sail south to Cape Town, South Africa, by way of the Seychelles, back up along the eastern coast of Africa, and through the Suez Canal to Portugal before crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
Experience 46 ports in 32 countries across six continents, with nine overnight calls in: Callao (two nights); Easter Island; Papeete, Tahiti; Sydney, Australia; Singapore; Cape Town; Mombasa, Kenya; Safaga, Egypt; and Barcelona.
Enjoy seven late-night departures in: Manta, Ecuador; Seychelles; Cape Town and Durban, South Africa; Aqaba, Jordan; Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy; and Gibraltar, U.K.
Memorable moments include: 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.
Travelers interested in either the 2025 Grand Voyage: Pole-to-Pole or 2025 Grand World Voyage can call Holland America Line’s World Cruise Reservations Desk at 1-800-522-3399 or a travel advisor to make a deposited Future Cruise Request beginning April 20. Guests with a deposited Future Cruise Request will get priority booking confirmation before the two voyages officially open to the public on May 24, 2023.