Holland Amcerica’s Grand Voyages 2022-23 calendar now open for booking
By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva
Holland America is bringing back its popular Grand Voyages and not a moment too soon for fans such as Margaret Uhry. Margaret has three HAL World Cruises on her nautical belt. And, she is planning to sail again in 2022. The Ohio school teacher was happy to share some of the reasons she loves cruising with HAL. “I really enjoy the food,” she beams. “And, I like that there is always a clergy of Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish faiths on board,” Margaret says.
Praising the hotel staff
Margaret speaks highly of the hotel staff. “They are sensational, friendly and willing to interact with each individual passenger.” “They try to fulfill any request no matter how outrageous it might be,” she beams. Margaret says she appreciates that the atmosphere isn’t stuffy and that the dress code is reasonable.
She’s from Missouri
Cruise veteran, Barb Shannon echoes much of Margaret praises, and adds a few of her own. Her most recent voyage was Jan. 4, 2017 to April 26, 2017. “It was about as straight around the world as you could get,” she explains.
Barb’s highlights include the food, ports, dance classes, crew, cabin steward, dressing up in the evening and going to the spa. She says she always books manicures, pedicure, hair services and facials on the ship.”
Nancy Vendetti is a friend of Barb who shares similar sentiments from a cruise they took together. “The four months flew by too quickly I was not bored for one second.” ” Activities were many as were quiet nooks to hide away.”
Nancy says she took advantage of well stocked library. She also likes dressing up dinner was fun and going to the shows.
“As a solo passenger I felt very comfortable getting on the dance floor and mixing with the other dancers,” Nancy recalls. She’s also ready to sail again on HAL’s 2023 world cruise. “There are so many places I have not been. Who knows, it could be my second world cruise.”
Voyages for dreamers
Pretty much the prince of world cruises, Holland America is offering a series of what it calls, “voyages for dreamers, that last 71 to 127 days. These lengthy journeys are very popular with Holland America’s clientele, many who return regularly.
The journeys take place around the world, in Africa, South America and Antarctica. It’s the pinnacle of cruises with access to six continents.
2022 Grand Africa Voyage highlights
This 71-day odyssey begins on Oct. 10, 2022 on Zaandam. It’s a round tripper from Fort Lauderdale that does a clockwise navigation around the continent.
- Four overnight calls in Aqaba, Jordan; Cape Town, South Africa (two nights); Zanzibar, Tanzania; and Victoria, Seychelles.
- The ship calls on 25 ports in 21 countries and territories. Destinationst include Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, Greece, Egypt, Jordan, Seychelles, Tanzania, Mayotte, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Senegal, Cape Verde, Puerto Rico.
- A daylight transit of the Suez Canal en route to Aqaba, Jordan allows the opportunity to travel to the Lost City of Petra.
- Passengers can go on safari and wildlife tours in Serengeti National Park, Maasi Mara Reserve, Ngorongoro Crater, Tsavo National Park, Jozani Forest Reserve, Lokobe National Park, the Black Lemur Sanctuary, Kruger National Park, Phinda Mountain Lodge and Thanda Private Game Reserve.
- There is a two-day stop-over at Cape Town, South Africa. This allows time to explore Table Mountain, Nelson Mandela’s prison cell, Chapman’s Peak Drive, and Kulala Desert Lodge.
2023 Grand World Voyage highpoints
The Jan. 3, 2023 odyssey on Zaandam and lasts 127 days. It goes roundtrip from Fort Lauderdal and circles the globe on a westward route. Additional routes include the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia.
Continuing on the ship sails the west coast of Africa before charting a path through Northern Europe. She visits 61 ports in 30 countries and island nations. These include the Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Panama, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, Mauritius, Réunion, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Senegal, Spain, Morocco, Portugal, France, England, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Scotland and Ireland.
- There are overnight calls. They include Fuerte Amador (Panama City), Panama; Papeete, Tahiti; Sydney, Hobart, Adelaide and Fremantle (Perth), Australia; Cape Town, South Africa; and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
- Does 20 stops around the African continent with numerous opportunities for overland safari experiences.
2023 Grand South America & Antarctica experiences
This 74 day sojourn takes place on Volendam. It does a roundtrip from Lauderdale that begins on Jan. 3, 2023 on an itinerary that circles the continent on a counterclockwise route.
- The ship docks in 34 ports in 16 countries and island nations across two continents. Stops include Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Antarctica, Falkland Islands, Uruguay, Brazil, French Guiana, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Bahamas.
- There are five overnight calls: Fuerte Amador (Panama City), Panama; Manaus and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina (two nights); Callao (Lima), Peru (two nights).
- It does a daylight transit of the Panama Canal and overland opportunities to visit Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, Patagonia and Iguazu Falls.
- There are 12 calls in Brazil that includes sailing the mighty Amazon River to Manaus.
On a Grand Voyage, evening shipboard activities shine with local cultural entertainment and special guest headliners. Festive gala balls and formal nights create memorable moments, along with an exclusive Captain’s Grand Voyage Dinner for full-cruise guests. Dining hits new levels on Grand Voyage with menus that change daily.
Early booking bonuses
Booking are now open for Holland America Gdrand Voyages at Pavlus.com or with a Pavlus agent at 800-528-9300. And if you reserve your space early you’ll get some big bonuses.