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Are You an Explorer? Try a Collectors’ Voyage or Repositioning Cruise

Many travelers dream of a longer cruise that feature dozens of ports in several countries or, perhaps, a stretch of leisurely and relaxing days at sea to take in all that the ships have to offer.

If “the more the merrier” is better in your book, take a look at Holland America Line’s innovative and exciting Collectors’ Voyages and repositioning cruises, which allow you to become immersed in a region and see as many ports as possible. These extended cruises combine back-to-back itineraries to make one grand voyage with limited to no repeating ports. Not only are they comprehensive, they’re also surprisingly affordable.

It could be combining ms Noordam’s 10-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer and 11-day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer into the 21-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer Wayfarer Collectors’ Voyage. The full cruise calls at 13 ports and only repeats Half Moon Cay, so guests get to experience a comprehensive tour of the Caribbean.

Or if you’re like regular blog contributor Jan Hinman and want to make the most out of a grand journey to Asia, the Collectors’ Voyages ensure that guests make the most of their time and see everything possible on a journey that’s not so close to home. Jan recently sailed on a Far East Collectors’ Voyage aboard ms Volendam.

I am about to embark on a cruise that definitely ranks as a lifetime adventure — 28 days aboard ms Volendam on the Far East, China and Japan Collectors’ Voyage.

The Collectors’ Voyage — which starts in Singapore and visits Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Shanghai, Hong Kong, mainland China, South Korea and ends in Kobe, Japan — is actually back-to-back 14-day cruises with no repeat ports. It’s a long, long flight from Seattle to Singapore (20+ hours of travel time) so we were delighted to find this option, allowing us to see a lot of the Far East and make that long flight just once.

Jan at Tin’anmen Square during her call at Beijing.

Jan at Tin’anmen Square during her call at Beijing.

The next adventure is packing for a month on a cruise ship. That task has become more daunting over the years as airlines limited the number and weight of luggage. This cruise involves some extreme temperature changes as we move from hot southern climes to much cooler northern countries, requiring even more clothes than on a cruise that stays in one climate zone.

The final decision we made in planning was to fly over a couple days early. I expect that will help us adjust to jet lag and make our first day on board as special as always is. I have sailed on many different Holland America ships, but this will be my first time on Volendam. However, I always feel like I’m returning to friends when I board any Holland America Line cruise ship. — Jan Hinman

Repositioning Cruises are Great for Seeing Two Regions and Relaxing Onboard
If leisurely days at sea or going from one region to another is your ideal cruise, join a Holland America Line repositioning voyage. These cruises move the ships from one region to another at the end of on season, such as moving from the Caribbean to Mediterranean or South America to Alaska. The end of a Grand Voyage to Alaska via the Panama Canal and even between Asia and Hawaii with a trans-Pacific crossing. On Amsterdam’s crossing from Hawaii to Asia, Safety, Environmental & Health Officer Jonathan Bailey snapped some beautiful shots taken out at sea of a storm off in the distance. Notice the calm water despite the weather.

Photos taken on a repositioning cruise by Jonathan Bailey.

Photos taken on a repositioning cruise by Jonathan Bailey.

Trans-ocean crossings are a great way to see two different regions, as well as enjoy leisurely days at sea. Take a step back from a hectic everyday lifestyle and catch up on a good book while lounging in a steamer chair on deck. Visit the Greenhouse Spa and Salon and get a pampering facial, relaxing massage or an up-do for formal night. Learn how to Cha Cha and Tango at a “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” dance class. Improve your culinary skills and learn how to make a new dish in the Culinary Arts Center from a well-known guest chef. Impress friends and family with your new ability to load vacation photos to your computer and send emails home in a Digital Workshop powered by Windows class. Attend a lecture from an expert about a subject that interests you or something you’ve never learned about. Play a game of bridge, test your luck at the casino, attend a martini tasting, see a movie in the cinema and so much more! Or … simply do nothing at all and take in the view of the horizon.

Facebook fans agree that a repostioning cruise is an adventure of a lifetime!

We have been on 2 repositioning with HAL, loved it each time. Then again, HAL is the best cruise line! — Jay Visperas

October 2012 took repositioning cruise from Seattle to Sydney on the Oosterdam. What a wonderful way to travel to Australia to visit my family there. Sure was more fun than the plane flight. — Nancy Abel Weigand

San Diego to Sydney then 14 more around NZ … Enjoyed each of them. Some hit ports that you wouldn’t normally see. — Michael Heemer

We did the repositioning cruise from Sidney to Vancouver in 2012. What a fabulous cruise across the Pacific, particularly the South Pacific. Gorgeous, sublime islands of beauty and joy. We are returning, sailing from San Diego in October. Get those fresh flowers and delicious scones ready, the Beverlys are coming! — Karen Beverly

We’ve been on a couple repositioning cruises! Best one was coming across the Pacific near the Aleutian Islands through gale force 11 winds!! — Paula-Marie Kucharczyk

My husband and I received our 100 sea day medals on our repositioning cruise from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale Oct. 6, 2013. — Barbara Duro Lagarenne

From a spa treatment to a martini tasting, there's a lot to do onboard.

From a spa treatment to a martini tasting, there’s a lot to do onboard.

What’s your ideal longer voyage? A port-intensive Collectors’ Voyage or a relaxing ocean crossing?

  • Andrew

    i been on short cruise to demark and on norway cruise its was lovely time

  • Deb

    When can I book a repositioning/collectors voyage for 2015? Thank you

  • Julie

    Deb, bookings are open now! Hope to welcome you onboard.

  • Stanley

    I am interested in the April 19, 2015 cruise from Ft Lauderdale to London on the ms Ryndam. Nothing is listed in the brochure that I received or on line. Is this cruise still Available?

  • Julie

    Hi Stanley, it’s best if you contact a travel agent or Holland America Line reservations: Hope to welcome you onboard!

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