Holland America Line has developed a collection of “Legendary Journeys” that immerse our guests in different cultures, exotic locales and more of everything you love about travel. Slightly longer itineraries make it possible to delve deeper, learn something new and enjoy even more leisure time aboard our ships. A more relaxed schedule makes it easier to connect with others, including members of our friendly crew, who are happy to see to your every need.
Follow in the footsteps of the Incas in South America. Embark on an adventure to the heart of the Brazilian rain forest. Sail down the storied Amazon River past tribal villages and locals in dugout canoes to the fabled pink and white opera house in far-off Manaus. From discovering different ways of life to forging new friendships along the way, you can be sure your journey — and your memories — will be legendary.
Magnificent cathedrals, built on the riches of silver and burnished with years of devotion. Monolithic Maya temples, rising from jungle tangle, rooted in ancient wisdom and ritual. Rain forests aflutter with iridescent blue morpho butterflies, more essence than insect. Cafes are alive with the aroma of simmering pozole or the chatter of Ecuadorian fishermen. Such are the wonders of the Americas — North, Central and South — woven into a travel tapestry rich in depth and color for you to embrace.
Marvel at Machu Picchu
At the heart of this extraordinary itinerary is one of life’s great travel thrills: Machu Picchu, mysterious mountaintop citadel of the Inca, made possible with extra time in Callao (Lima). Ascend the great stone terraces, imagining the thriving Incan empire that once teemed with activity, when crowds garbed in alpaca and vicuna thronged the streets and envoys borne on litters swept the way for Pachacuti, the greatest Inca emperor of them all.
Volendam heads for the Amazon Nov. 20, 2019, conveniently cruising on this 30-day itinerary roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, so no international flights are required.
Get ready for giant water lilies — Victoria amazonica — capable of cradling a small child. Watch as pink dolphins surf in your ship’s wake. Learn the biting truth about piranhas. Marvel at the Wedding of the Waters, as the clear, clean waters of Rio Tapajos and the muddy waters of the Amazon run parallel for miles without blending.
These and countless other adventures await as Volendam cruises 1,000 miles up the Amazon past shaman villages and tropical markets to Manaus, the city made rich by the rubber barons. So rich, in fact, they spared no expense in building an Opera House of Carrara marble, with Murano glass chandeliers and acoustics worthy of Caruso. With an overnight call, take in an evening performance in this unlikely venue in the heart of the Amazon — or spend the evening cruising a jungle tributary in search of crocodiles.
Discover Caribbean Treasures
Days of exploration and delight await on both sides of the Amazon. Pick up a bottle of fine Barbadian rum, destined for daiquiris on your patio back home. Sunbathe with the locals on Baby Beach in Aruba. In Key West, enjoy the quirky charm of the United States’ southernmost point, whose compact 4.2 square miles pack in everything from gorgeous historic architecture and spectacular fishing and sailing to a raucous party scene along famed Duval Street.
VOYAGE OF THE AMERICAS
Koningsdam rounds Cape Horn on this adventure from east to west. Departing March 15, 2020, the ship sails a 44-day itinerary from Ft. Lauderdale to San Diego or continues north to Vancouver for a 48-day cruise.
While exploring the balmy east coast of South America, buy a piece of gossamer lace from an artisan at the Fortaleza market. Embrace Rio de Janeiro’s joyous lust for life as you stroll the boardwalks of Ipanema and Copacabana. In Buenos Aires feel the fire of an Argentine tango. Retrace Darwin’s passionately curious voyage through the Chilean Fjords, where glaciers crack and thunder into icy blue waters. In the Chilean Lakes District, join the locals for a day at the beach or fly-fish for rainbow trout. Taste wine in the scenic Casablanca Valley, before cruising to meet the ever-friendly people of Peru.
A Central Connection
The cultured little countries of Central America round out your explorations of the Americas. Join the ticos for a cup of rich, aromatic Costa Rican coffee at its source. Meet Nicaraguan school kids who are making a difference in their corner of the world. Hear the story of the Great Jaguar while touring the Maya ruins at Tikal. Stroll the busy malecón in Puerto Vallarta, lined with vendors offering treasures for “almost free.” Arrive in Vancouver, B.C., your American journey complete.
Take a look at our Legendary Journeys and come aboard to discover a new way of cruising.