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Rare Visit to Bora Bora Is Newest Highlight of Holland America Line’s ‘Tales of the South Pacific’ Legendary Voyage

Zaandam to take guests to far-flung reaches of the South Pacific for 51 or 56 days of paradise-filled pleasures

Seattle, Wash., June 10, 2024 — Holland America Line, an industry leader in destination-centric longer voyages, has updated this fall’s Legendary Voyage, “Tales of the South Pacific”, to now include a call to Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Zaandam will become one of an exclusive group of ships to call at the island, providing guests an exciting addition to an already idyllic vacation. 

Departing Sept. 25 from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, or Sept. 30, roundtrip San Diego, California, the 51-Day or 56-Day Tales of the South Pacific Legendary Voyage aboard Zaandam is an in-depth exploration of the South Pacific. In addition to Bora Bora, guests will visit exciting ports throughout Hawaii and the South Pacific, all gems of the region, including five ports in Hawaii, four ports in Fiji, seven additional calls in French Polynesia and calls at Kiribati, American Samoa, Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands.

Zaandam will arrive in Bora Bora at 8 a.m. and depart just before midnight Nov. 6, 2024, giving guests nearly 16 hours to take in all the island has to offer. 

“Bora Bora earned the nickname ‘Pearl of the Pacific’ for good reason as it is consistently rated among the most popular tourist destinations in the world,” said Paul Grigsby, vice president, deployment and itinerary planning for Holland America Line. “We’re thrilled to be able to add the port to this year’s Tales of the South Pacific cruise, giving our guests an even more select and in-depth exploration of the region.” 

Bora Bora is known for its brilliant water in too many shades to count, an array of sea life for divers to explore, and the shape-shifting Mount Otemanu, which looks completely different from every angle. 

Beyond the addition of Bora Bora, guests aboard Zaandam will now experience an overnight call in Suva, the capital of Fiji. Guests will be able to experience excursions like a longboat tour through Fiji’s tropical rainforest, visit the famous Nausori farmers market or head to the Fiji Museum and Thurston Gardens to get a taste of the city’s vibrant culture. 

Additional overnights include Honolulu, Hawaii, and Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia. 

What is a ‘Legendary Voyage’?

These lengthier cruises, which range from 25 to 59 days, combine the ceremony of Holland America Line’s Grand Voyages while focusing on a singular region. They visit some of the most interesting ports while offering guests extended exploration opportunities. Shipboard programming is specially curated to share insights into the history and culture of the destinations visited. Guests enjoy the “best of” Grand Voyages programming such as theme parties, memorable sailaways and classic cruise activities.