|MS Amsterdam. Image: Holland America Line|
Holland America Line has announced that MS Amsterdam will depart Fort Lauderdale, Florida, next January on what is described as an epic 113 day round-trip journey, titled the 2014 Grand World Voyage around the world, visiting 38 ports across five continents.
In addition, rather than taking a traditional course, the Amsterdam will cross the equator four times, with Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line saying that when it comes to a dream vacation Amsterdam’s Grand World Voyage is as special as you can get due to its length, number of ports and exotic destinations, and the 2014 voyage is no exception.
He added that every year Holland America Line likes to change the Grand World Voyage itinerary so each journey is one of a kind and features calls that offer some of the most sought-after sights and experiences in the world and with many passengers undertaking the full global programme, those with less time on their hands can choose from eight segments ranging from 20 to 86 days, joining the Amsterdam at ports along the route.
Amsterdam’s epic voyage which includes seven calls with the Amsterdam staying in port overnight, with evening theme balls and local entertainment brought on board, departs from Fort Lauderdale, undertaking a daylight transit of the Panama Canal, followed by two full overnights in Callao, Peru, followed by Easter Island, Pitcairn Island before an overnight call at Papeete, with six more ports in the South Pacific before heading to Australia.
The Amsterdam will sail up the east coast of Australia following an overnight call at Sydney, with calls at Brisbane and Cairns, before two calls in Papua New Guinea, Yap Island, Micronesia, Cebu and Manila in the Philippines, before arriving in Hong Kong, China.
Amsterdam will then head off for an overnight call in Singapore, followed by Phuket, Thailand, and Colombo, Sri Lanka, before heading south for an overnight call in Victoria, Mahe, in the Seychelles, Port Louis, Mauritius, and La Possession, Reunion, before visiting Durban and an overnight call at Cape Town, followed by calls on the west coast of Africa at Walvis Bay, Namibia, the remote island of Jamestown, Saint Helena, Georgetown, Ascension Island, Banjul, Gambia, and Dakar, Senegal.
Following a call at Mindelo, Cape Verde, nearly 400 miles off the coast of Africa, Amsterdam sets course for the Caribbean on the final leg of her Grand World Voyage, with guests having three days on the tropical islands of Barbados, Dominica and St. Maarten before concluding her journey at Fort Lauderdale.