Two Holland America Line ships started grand voyages in Fort Lauderdale on January 3. Sailing roundtrip from the company’s Florida homeport, the combined itineraries are set to visit 95 destinations, offering 202 days of cruising.
Navigating to different parts of the globe, the the Zuiderdam and the Volendam are also set to visit 43 countries in six continents while cruising for over 50,000 miles.
Marking the return of the company’s Grand World Cruises, the Zuiderdam embarked on a 128-day journey that circumnavigates the globe. According to Holland America, the itinerary continues a 65-year tradition of world cruises for Holland America Line.
“With overnight stays in Panama, French Polynesia, Australia, South Africa and the Netherlands, this itinerary truly lives up to the name grand,” said Gus Antorcha, president, Holland America Line, in a prepared statement.
“This is our first world cruise since before the industry pause, and our teams and guests have been planning for this day for a long time,” he added.
The Volendam, meanwhile, embarked on a 74-day voyage to South America and Antarctica. The itinerary includes a complete circumnavigation of the subcontinent, as well as a four-day cruising experience.
During the course of the cruises, the vessels are set to serve over 900,000 meals, Holland America said, in addition to 35,000 specialty coffee drinks, 29,000 gallons of ice cream and 155,000 cocktails.
The company also expects the passengers to consume 81,00 bottles of champagne and wine, with over 1 one million eggs being used by the staffs of the two ships.
The 202 days of cruising will also see over 2,500 live performances by the entertainment teams of the Zuiderdam and the Volendam.
Holland America Line is also set to offer additional grand voyages in 2023, including a 73-day cruise to Africa in October.
Sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, the itinerary features a circumnavigation of the African continent, with stops in ports including Cape Town, Zanzibar and Dakar.