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The beautiful island of St. Lucia, as photographed by Captain Mercer, was one of the final calls on the Grand World Voyage.
The beautiful island of St. Lucia, as photographed by Captain Mercer, was one of the final calls on the Grand World Voyage.

After 113 days, nearly 33,000 miles and a journey around the world, Amsterdam’s Grand World Voyage ended Monday, April 28 at Port Everglades, the port where it all began back in January.
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Archbishop Tutu's playful personality shone through during his four-day cruise.
Archbishop Tutu's playful personality shone through during his four-day cruise.

Every Grand World Voyage lives up to its name, but this year’s journey was made especially memorable by the presence of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who boarded ms Amsterdam at Durban, South Africa, March 28 and disembarked at Cape Town April 1.
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The beautiful island of Mauritius, by Captain Mercer.
The beautiful island of Mauritius, by Captain Mercer.

There’s no grander voyage than the Grand World Voyage. Imagine circumnavigating the globe while visiting exotic and exceptional parts of the world that boast a variety of cultures, history and scenery.
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The entrance to the temple, a dragon eating oranges, at Lantau. Courtesy of Joanne Gardner.
The entrance to the temple, a dragon eating oranges, at Lantau. Courtesy of Joanne Gardner.

Every year Holland America Line puts together an exciting collection of “Grand Voyages” on ships built for leisurely travel, able to visit ports often untouched by larger cruise ships. But do you know what makes a voyage a Grand Voyage?
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Whitsunday Passage.
Whitsunday Passage.

Since departing the South Pacific, ms Amsterdam has sailed a westerly course toward Australia. Here is a recap of Captain Mercer’s blog posts. You can read them in their entirety on his blog, www.captainjonathan.com.

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Bora Bora through the lens of Captain Mercer.
Bora Bora through the lens of Captain Mercer.

Since departing Easter Island, ms Amsterdam has sailed a westerly course toward the South Pacific. Here is a recap of Captain Mercer’s blog posts. You can read them in their entirety on his blog, www.captainjonathan.com.

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Photo courtesy of Captain Mercer.
Photo courtesy of Captain Mercer.

The Grand World Voyage is full of exciting, interesting and exotic ports of call. In fact, during the 113-day journey ms Amsterdam will call at 38 ports across five continents.
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Captain Keijer and Saguenay Mayor Jean Tremblay exchanging gifts.
Captain Keijer and Saguenay Mayor Jean Tremblay exchanging gifts.

Here are some photographs of our welcome to Saguenay, Quebec, Canada, yesterday as the 100 call to the port. It was a very special event in picture-perfect conditions.

Our guests were overwhelmed by the welcome we received. A folklore show was awaiting our arrival and Hotel Director Ron Bontenbal and I were welcomed by the local dignitaries including the mayor of Saguenay.

The vessel received a beautiful painting and we returned the gesture with an inaugural Delft plate.

Captain Keijer and Saguenay Mayor Jean Tremblay cutting the cake.

Captain Keijer and Saguenay Mayor Jean Tremblay cutting the cake.

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