Holland America to call in Cape Town and Middle East on unique 2025 voyages

Holland America Line will sail what is believed to be the first ever Grand Voyage “Pole-to-Pole” roundtrip from the United States of 133 days in 2025, along with a simultaneous 124-day 2025 Grand World Voyage.

The Pole-to-Pole voyage and World Cruise will both call in Africa, while the World Cruise in particular will feature both Cape Town in South Africa and the island of Mombasa in Kenya, along with the iconic lost city of Petra near Aqaba in the Middle East.

The two cruises were announced by President Gus Antorcha aboard Zuiderdam to Grand World Voyage guests currently sailing in the North Sea. Both voyages will feature port calls in Africa, with Cape Town featuring prominently on the 2025 World Cruise in particular.


“Cape Town’s spectacular setting on Table Bay seldom fails to take one’s breath away, whether you’re a local or a visitor. A rich array of restaurants, galleries, vineyards, and beaches await in this picturesque city,” Holland America Line says of the city.

The double departure of the Grand Voyage: Pole-to-Pole and Grand World Voyage from Fort Lauderdale in January will mark the first time that Holland America Line is offering two Grand Voyages of more than 120 days simultaneously.

The Grand Voyage: Pole-to-Pole aboard Volendam will 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.


“This will be a truly historic pair of voyages,” said Antorcha. “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,” added 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,” he added.

Bookings for the two voyages will officially open to the public on May 24th, 2023.

2025 Grand Voyage: Pole-to-Pole Highlights — Volendam

133 days. 68 total ports across five continents and 28 countries. 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.

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

The voyage features 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 include: Panama Canal transit, Cape Horn, Antarctica, Falkland Islands, exploring the Amazon River, Strait of Gibraltar, Norwegian fjords, North Cape, Iceland and Greenland.

During the cruise Volendam and Zuiderdam will meet in Barcelona on April 24th, 2025 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.

2025 Grand World Voyage Highlights — Zuiderdam

124 days. 46 total ports in 32 countries across six continents. 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.

The voyage features 9 overnight calls: Callao (two nights); Easter Island; Papeete, Tahiti; Sydney, Australia; Singapore; Cape Town; Mombasa, Kenya; Safaga, Egypt; and Barcelona.

There will be 7 late-night departures: 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.

Early Booking Bonus Benefits

Guests who book the full 133-day Grand Voyage: Pole-to-Pole or 124-day Grand World Voyage by June 3rd, 2024, receive onboard spending credits and amenities valued at up to US $8,800 or US $8,500 respectively, per person.

New perks for all guests who book early feature complimentary Surf Wi-Fi package, a US $500 air credit per person if booked through Flight Ease and complimentary roundtrip airport transfers to and from the Fort Lauderdale airport.

Additional extras can include complimentary luggage delivery service to and from the Fort Lauderdale airport, prepaid crew appreciation and laundry and drycleaning service when booking certain stateroom categories.

Holland America 2025 World Cruise

On each Grand Voyage, Holland America Line ships provide gracious service, superior amenities and unexpected experiences. Guests can relax during leisurely days at sea, taking advantage of the extra time to participate in shipboard activities.

Shipboard entertainment shines in the evening with local cultural performers and special guest headliners. Festive gala balls and dressy nights create memorable moments, along with a Captain’s Grand Voyage Dinner.

Dining is elevated to a new level on each Grand Voyage with menus that change daily and are seldom repeated, featuring local ingredients and regional cuisine.

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