Explore the World on Road Scholar World Academy

Two Ways to Voyage Around the World in 2024

We have not one, but TWO ways to journey around the world in 2024 on our Road Scholar World Academy voyages! Join us onboard Holland America’s MS Zuiderdam on World Academy: Discover South America, Hawaii, Japan & Beyond for a 131-day voyage that begins and ends in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., or delight in the elegance of the Queen Mary 2 when you join us for a 113-day voyage aboard World Academy on Queen Mary 2: Australia, South Africa & Beyond. On both voyages, you’ll learn about and explore some of the most incredible places in the world — all without having to unpack and pack again!

Special Offer    Free airfare from select cities when you enroll early in a Road Scholar World Academy voyage!

  

  

World Academy: Discover South America, Hawaii, Japan & Beyond (#22764)

Program Highlights:

  • Begin and end your voyage of a lifetime in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
  • Search for new and exotic species as you sail along the Amazon River in Brazil and marvel at modern engineering as you transit the Panama Canal.
  • Enjoy overnight stays in cities like Toyko, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Aqaba, allowing you additional time to explore and learn about their history.
  • Journey to Jordan’s southwestern desert to thrill at the city of Petra, a series of tombs and temples carved into pink sandstone cliffs.

See the full itinerary →

Activity Level: Keep the Pace

      Activity Level: keep the pace

Walking 1-2 miles per day during scheduled activities; cobblestone streets, uneven ground and inclines. Stairs without railings; some areas may not have elevators/escalators available.

What's Included:

  • 55 expert-led field trips
  • 129 nights onboard the MS Zuiderdam
  • 389 meals (130B, 129XL, 130XD)
  • An experienced Group Leader
  • Onboard expert lecturers who share their knowledge on various topics throughout your voyage.
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program
  • Road Scholar Assurance Plan
  • Taxes
  • Optional Trip Protection Plan

 

ms Zuiderdam

On board the MS Zuiderdam, marvelous nooks and crannies contain priceless works of art. Guests will find a recurring Venetian theme throughout the ship, with the most dazzling figures in the time of Carnival in Venice, created by Daniel Ogier. Guests can also expect signature Holland America touches, such as a gracious and unobtrusive staff, gourmet meals, spacious accommodations and the very best in entertainment and activities. The MS Zuiderdam completed all Signature of Excellence enhancements to her public rooms and staterooms in 2017.

  

World Academy on Queen Mary 2: Australia, South Africa & Beyond (#22978)

Program Highlights:

  • Begin and end your learning adventure in London, and enjoy two nights to explore the city with field trips to St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.
  • Delight in a memorable voyage through the Suez Canal, as you journey from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean.
  • Go on a one-day safari in South Africa, experience the desert city of Dubai, marvel at the biodiversity of the island of Mauritius and much more!
  • Discover the very best of Australia as you explore Darwin, Queensland, Sydney, Melbourne, Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, Busselton and Perth.

See the full itinerary →

Activity Level: Keep the Pace

      activity level

Walking 1-2 miles per day during scheduled activities; cobblestone streets, uneven ground and inclines. Stairs without railings; some areas may not have elevators/escalators available. 

What’s Included

  • 38 expert-led field trips
  • 108 nights onboard the Queen Mary 2
  • 330 meals (111B, 108L, 111D)
  • An experienced Group Leader
  • Onboard expert lecturers who share their knowledge on various topics throughout your voyage.
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program
  • Road Scholar Assurance Plan
  • Taxes
  • Optional Trip Protection Plan 

Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. She was retrofitted in 2016. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 14 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges ... even the only planetarium at sea.

Quote

A wonderful, life-broadening experience! An opportunity to sample the delicious variety of ‘the whole world,’ with sights, sounds, experiences and new friends. An amazing opportunity to see so much!

—Bob from Cayucos, Calif., Road Scholar Class of ‘17