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Crown Cruise Vacations | June 23, 2024

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Holland America 42-Day Passage Inspired by Cruise from Century Ago

Holland America 42-Day Passage Inspired by Cruise from Century Ago
Jackie Sheckler Finch

Want to follow in the wake of a Holland America Line cruise from a century ago? The 42-day Ultimate Mediterranean & Atlantic Passage will be doing just that.

The Legendary Voyage aboard Volendam will cruise roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Nov. 9, 2024. It will allow guests to experience 16 different ports across nine countries, all without international air.

The original voyage that provided the vision for the 42-day Ultimate Mediterranean & Atlantic Passage departed New York City on Feb. 4, 1925, aboard Rotterdam IV and carried just 550 guests across the Atlantic Ocean to explore many of the same ports.

The 2024 cruise follows in the footsteps of the 1925 journey, visiting Portugal, Morocco, Italy, Greece, Israel, Egypt, Tunisia, Gibraltar (United Kingdom) and Spain.

“Holland America Line was one of the first companies to feature cruise vacations that went beyond a transatlantic crossing, and today we’re continuing to innovate our itineraries by offering memorable voyages like this ultimate Mediterranean and Atlantic passage sailing,” Beth Bodensteiner, chief commercial officer, Holland America Line, said in a news release.

“Since introducing this new Legendary category of cruises that offer an in-depth focus on one region, they’ve been very popular,” she said. “We’re excited to add a longer voyage that makes it easy to explore the Med in depth without a long-haul flight.”

The 42-day Ultimate Mediterranean & Atlantic Passage route first visits Horta and Ponta Delgada in the Azores after crossing the Atlantic Ocean. A call at Tangier, Morocco, is followed by overnight visits to both Livorno and Civitavecchia, Italy.

From Livorno, guests can explore Florence or Pisa, while Rome is easily accessed from Civitavecchia. Volendam then makes way to Naples, Italy, and Catania, Sicily, before Piraeus (Athens), Greece.

Guests will then explore the Holy Land at Haifa (Tel Aviv) and Ashdod (Jerusalem), Israel, followed by Port Said and Alexandria (Cairo) in Egypt. The final ports on the voyage include La Goulette (Tunis), Tunisia’ Gibraltar; Cadiz (Seville), Spain, and Casablanca, Morocco. The cruise concludes Dec. 21 at Fort Lauderdale.

What is a Legendary Voyage?

These lengthier cruises, which range from 25 to 59 days, combine the ceremony of Holland America Lines’ Grand Voyages while focusing on a singular region. They visit some of the most unique ports while offering guests an in-depth exploration. Shipboard programming is specially curated to share insights into the history and culture of the destinations visited.

Most of Holland America Line’s Legendary Voyages sail roundtrip or to/from a North American homeport, allowing visitors to see the world from their doorstep with a convenient domestic flight and easy embarkation.

The itineraries are offered on a variety of the line’s perfectly sized ships where guests enjoy the best of Grand Voyages on-board programming such as iconic theme parties, memorable sailaways and classic cruise activities to further enhance the experience.

Photos courtesy of Holland America Line


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