The 2021 Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage by The Numbers

The 2021 Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage by The Numbers

In 2021, the 74-Day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage sets a course to circumnavigate the continent, exploring the juxtaposed cultures and climates along the way. From the golden beaches of Brazil to the glaciers of Antarctica, the journey is full of memorable destinations, breathtaking scenery and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Come along and take a look at our Grand Voyage as we explore by the numbers.

34 Ports
The Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage makes calls at 34 ports, ranging from popular must-do cities that bustle with life to hidden jewels and quaint towns that leave a lasting impressing.

Ushuaia is commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the world.

Ushuaia is commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the world.

No voyage around South America would be complete without calls at Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Lima, Montevideo and Manaus. But what about those smaller calls that are off-the-beaten-path, true must-see places that beckon a return visit. Matarani, Peru; Iquique and Isla Robinson Crusoe, Chile; Ushuaia, Argentina, at the end of the world; Punta del Este, Uruguay; and Ilheus, Brazil, are just a few of the unique locales.

Nine Countries
Make that nine countries, two continents and three Caribbean Islands. Volendam makes calls in Columbia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Falkland Islands, Uruguay and Brazil. In addition to South America and Antarctica, the ship visits the Caribbean islands of French Guiana, Barbados and the Dominican Republic.

Four Overnight Ports
With overland experiences and a vibrant nightlife, four ports along the way require extra time to see the sites, become immersed in the culture and witness the cities come to life when the sun goes down. Guests on the Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage will have extra time ashore in Buenos Aires to take in an evening tango show or go overland to Iguazu, falls; Rio de Janeiro, another gateway to Iguazu and the home of many sites, including Corcovado, Sugarloaf and Cococabana Beach; and Manaus, at the heart of the Amazon River, to view alligators by night or take in a performance at the famed Opera House. The call at the port of Callo for Lima, Peru, is a double overnight, with overland excursions to Macchu Pichu or the Galapagos Islands.

The massive Igauzu Falls sits on the border of Argentina and Brazil.

The massive Igauzu Falls sits on the border of Argentina and Brazil.

12 Ports in Brazil
Brazil is the largest country in South America, so it’s no wonder that the Grand Voyage makes 12 calls! In addition to Rio and Manaus, the ports include Santos (Sao Paulo), Ilhabela (Sao Sebastiao), Ilheus, Recife, Fortaleza, Icoaraci (Belem), Santarem, Boca da Valeria, Parintins and Alter Do Chao. Guests will certainly get an in-depth exploration of Brazil with all of these calls.

Teatro Amazonas in Manaus.

Teatro Amazonas in Manaus.

Three Equator Crossings
The equator is an essential component of our planet’s geography — even though it’s just an imaginary line drawn on a map. In addition to being the widest spot on the planet — a full 43 kilometers (27 miles) wider than at the poles — this is also the planetary dividing line for the Coriolis effect, which explains why cyclones rotate clockwise north of the equator and counterclockwise south of it.

The equator crossing ceremony is a festive celebration  - from pollywog to shellback!

The equator crossing ceremony is a festive celebration – from pollywog to shellback!

For a bit of light-hearted fun, if you’re onboard our ships where any of the crew are crossing this imaginary line for the first time, you’ll likely witness a King Neptune (or Crossing the Line) ceremony. This ancient naval tradition puts newbies, or “Pollywogs,” through a series of pranks and tests to prove themselves worthy of being a son or daughter of Neptune, the Roman god of the sea.

Four Days in Antarctica
A highlight of the 2021 Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage is the four days exploring the White Continent. The time is spent sailing through the bays and islands of the Palmer Archipelago, off the northern tip of the long Antarctic Peninsula; passing dark, rocky Cuverville Island, where you’ll see some of the 6,500 pairs of gentoo penguins that make their home there, the largest known colony in the world; and Paradise Harbor, home to gentoo and chinstrap penguins, as well as humans — both Argentina and Chile have manned research stations here.

Antarctica penguins

Infinite Scenic Cruising
On a journey with such juxtaposed landscapes and climates, it’s only natural that the scenic cruising is spectacular — from lush jungle canopies to snow-covered glaciers. Starting with the Panama Canal down to Cape Horn, guests are in for some of the world’s most postcard-perfect sites along the way. Get your cameras ready for the Chilean Fjords, Amalia or Brujo Glacier, Canal Sarmiento, Strait of Magellan, Cockburn and Beagle channels, Glacier Alley and days of lazily cruising along the Amazon River.

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The mighty Amazon River is just one of the many incredible adventures on the Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage.

Is the Grand South America and Antarctica Voyage on your radar? It’s good to note that if you can’t make the entire voyage, segments of 33 and 41 days are available for booking.


Join the Discussion


  1. Nick Joshi October 10, 2019 at 10:49 am - Reply

    Please send brouchor with pricing, schedule.

  2. Jane Tershel October 10, 2019 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Cost for solos?

  3. Atholea Manson October 10, 2019 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Would like to know cost of balcony suite on The 2021grand South American & Antartica voyage by the numbers. Thanks Atholea

  4. Arlene Williams October 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Looks so wonderful

  5. Christine Luchi November 22, 2019 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    My husband and I are booked on this cruise. Did I read this correctly that you need to choose between the Macchu Pichu or the Galapagos Islands, you can’t do both? Thanks.

  6. Christine Luchi December 3, 2019 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Lauren M are you Holland America? These excursions are both several days so just wondering if that is a correct answer.

  7. Linda Dial August 28, 2020 at 10:25 am - Reply

    is Holland America going to go Jan 4th or will it be canceled and will we get to go to all the ports with the virus

  8. Anthony Kuznik October 9, 2020 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Booked on Jan.10 trip to Antarctic. Is this trip still a go, looking at COVID problems in both Chili and Argentina? With the lack of a vaccine I am doubtful. But, I need to know.

  9. Anthony P Augius February 27, 2021 at 10:07 am - Reply

    I am interested in receiving info on
    This trip in 2023 Jan thruMarch.
    Could You pls send Me complete
    Tony Augius

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