Holland America Line announces ‘first ever pole-to-pole’ cruise from US

Holland America Line announces ‘first ever pole-to-pole’ cruise from US

The new 133-day sailing will visit 68 ports

Holland America Line will sail what they say is the first ever pole-to-pole roundtrip from the US in 2025. 

Details of the new 133-day 'Grand Voyage: Pole-to-Pole' sailing were announced by the line’s president Gus Antorcha. 

The 2025 Grand Voyage: Pole-to-Pole highlights includes:

  • 68 total ports across five continents and 28 countries
  • Eight overnight calls at Fuerte Amador, Panama; Callao (Lima), Peru; Buenos, Aires, Argentina; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Barcelona, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal, and Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Panama Canal transit, Cape Horn, Antarctica, Falkland Islands, exploring the Amazon River, Strait of Gibraltar, Norwegian fjords, North Cape, Iceland and Greenland

With Grand Voyage: Pole-to-Pole and the line's 124-day 'Grand World Voyage' both departing in January 2025, this will be the first time that Holland America Line is offering two Grand Voyages of more than 120 days simultaneously. 

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The Grand Voyage: Pole-to-Pole will take place aboard cruise ship Volendam and travel south-to-north. At the same tome, the Grand World Voyage aboard Zuiderdam will cover six continents on an east-to-west route. Both will sail roundtrips from US homeports.

Speaking about the cruises, Antorcha said: “This will be a truly historic pair of voyages. Our Grand World Voyage travels east to west, while our other Grand sailings focus on one region, so adding this first-of-its-kind pole-to-pole world route going south to north allows our guests two different choices to travel the world.”

Passengers will have the opportunity to visit five continents

Holland America Line vice president for deployment and itinerary planning Paul Grigsby added: “Detailed planning went into this voyage to ensure we’re visiting destinations when the weather is favourable, and we included locations that are sought after like the Amazon River, Greenland and Iceland, in addition to Antarctica and the Arctic.” 

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