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Holland America Line Unveils Ambitious 2026 Grand World Voyage: An Extraordinary Expedition Across Seven Continents

President Gus Antorcha reveals meticulously planned 132-day cruise during special announcement aboard Zuiderdam

In a major announcement today, President Gus Antorcha unveiled Holland America Line’s grand plans for the 2026 Grand World Voyage, set to be one of the most ambitious journeys in the cruise line’s history. Antorcha shared the details with guests aboard the Zuiderdam, currently navigating between Okinawa and Tokyo, marking the commencement of a meticulously planned 132-day cruise covering all seven continents.

The Grand World Voyage is scheduled to take place aboard the Volendam in 2026, offering an intimate experience on one of the cruise line’s smaller ships. This voyage will present a unique opportunity for guests to explore France’s Gironde Estuary and visit Bordeaux, among other breathtaking destinations. The route will encompass 47 ports across 39 countries, following an east-to-west trajectory roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The voyage will extend as far south as Antarctica and as far north as Oslo, Norway.

Antorcha emphasized the extensive research that went into crafting the itinerary, stating, “We asked thousands of past guests and travel advisors for their opinions about the perfect Grand World Voyage, so this may be one of our most thoroughly researched routes ever for a world cruise. This itinerary includes destinations we know guests love, packed with memorable moments and overnight stays. We are purposefully visiting fewer ports to allow more time to explore the destinations we visit and to create a voyage that does not feel rushed.”

As of today, interested travelers can secure their spots for the 2026 Grand World Voyage by contacting Holland America Line’s World Cruise Reservations Desk or their trusted travel advisor to make a deposited Future Cruise Request. Guests with a deposited Future Cruise Request will enjoy priority booking confirmation before the official public release.

2026 Grand World Voyage Highlights —Volendam

  • 132-day voyage departs on January 4, 2026, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale.
  • Covers seven continents, exploring diverse destinations such as Antarctica, Easter Island, the South Pacific islands, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef, Singapore, the Maldives, Alexandria (Egypt), and the Mediterranean and northern Europe.
  • 47 ports in 39 countries.
  • 9 overnight calls and 5 late-night departures at select ports.
  • Memorable moments include a Four-day Antarctic Experience, scenic cruising of Chilean fjords, a visit to Easter Island followed by scenic cruising of Pitcairn Island, and a call at Bordeaux paired with scenic cruising of Gironde Estuary.

The early birds booking the 132-day Grand World Voyage stand to benefit from an exclusive Early Booking Bonus, which includes up to $2000 USD in onboard credit per guest, a 3% pay in full discount, a free Wi-Fi Surf package, and more. Additional perks for early bookings encompass a $500 USD air credit per person if booked through Flight Ease and complimentary roundtrip airport transfers to and from the Fort Lauderdale airport.

Additional extras may include complimentary luggage delivery service, prepaid crew appreciation, and laundry and dry-cleaning services for specific stateroom categories. Detailed terms and conditions will be available at once the voyage is live for purchase.

A Grand Onboard Experience

Holland America Line promises a grand onboard experience, offering gracious service, superior amenities, and unexpected experiences. Guests can enjoy leisurely days at sea, participating in shipboard activities and reveling in evening entertainment featuring local cultural performers and special guest headliners. Festive gala balls, dressy nights, and a Captain’s Grand Voyage Dinner contribute to creating unforgettable moments. Dining is elevated with daily changing menus, seldom repeated, featuring local ingredients and regional cuisine.

Those interested in securing a stateroom for the 2026 Grand World Voyage can make a Future Cruise Request through their travel advisor or by calling World Cruise Reservations at 1-800-522-3399.

For information on other Holland America Line voyages, travelers can consult a travel advisor, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425), or visit

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