Holland America Line has officially opened bookings to the public for its two 2025 Grand Voyages, including the cruise line’s first ever pole-to-pole cruise.
This pole-to-pole voyage sails on Volendam for 133-days, departing on January 25 as a roundtrip out of Fort Lauderdale. The cruise begins with a venture down the Panama Canal, right through South America and the Amazon River down to Antarctica.
After this, the pursuit of the opposite pole begins, with the ships crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Africa, going north past Europe and eventually reaching the Arctic. Cruisers will arrive home having spent both four days of scenic cruising in Antarctica and crossing the Arctic Circle to the North Cape.
Other highlights include crossing the Panama Canal, visiting the Falkland Islands, sailing the Strait of Gibraltar and seeing the Norwegian fjords.
In total the cruise will visit 68 ports, across five continents and 28 countries. The cruise will include eight overnight stays in ports like Lima, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Lisbon and Reykjavik.
The other voyage open for bookings is the 2025 Grand World Voyage on Zuiderdam. Also running as a roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, this cruise goes for 124 days, visiting 46 total ports across 32 countries and six continents.
The route begins sailing through the Panama Canal and paying a visit to Easter Island, before crossing the South Pacific and heading to Australia, exploring the Great Barrier Reef on the way to Indonesia and Sri Lanka. The cruise then pivots to Cape Town via Seychelles and then along the coast of Africa, before heading past the Suez Canal in route of Portugal.
There are nine overnight stays including two nights in Callao on Easter Island, plus Papeete, Sydney, Singapore, Capetown, Barcelona and more.
In a special moment the two ships will actually meet in Barcelona, with festivities planned to mark the occasion.
If you book either of the sailings by June 3, 2024, you’ll receive over $8000 across onboard credit and extra amenities, including the Surf Wifi package and $650 air credit per person.
“We craft one-of-a-kind itineraries that resonate with our world voyage guests, as indicated by pre-bookings on these cruises,” said Beth Bodensteiner, Holland America Line’s chief commercial officer.
“Our team put together two amazing Grand Voyages so our guests can’t go wrong with either. We’re excited to offer two distinctly different, yet equally bucket-list itineraries.”