Scenic rail-and-sail vacations that combine trains and cruise ships
Double the adventure, double the fun: Pack two top trips into a single dream getaway, courtesy of these bundled “rail-and-sail” vacations. Read on for 10 seamless journeys that combine cruising with leisure train travel, and be put on the fast track to an unforgettable escape.
1. Alaska & the Canadian Rockies
Rocky Mountaineer’s new partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line pairs Inside Passage Alaskan sailings with train trips between Seattle or Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest and Canadian Rockies (this latest collaboration joins the rail line’s already established offerings with Holland America Line). Five different itineraries are on the roster—try a run that includes the new Coastal Passage route between Calgary and Seattle, stopping off at Vancouver, Banff, Lake Louise, and more, before (or after) setting sail on a weeklong Alaskan cruise aboard the Norwegian Jewel or Norwegian Pearl. Thirteen- to 14-night packages from $4,866/person.
2. More Alaska Rail & Sail Combos
Alaska cruise-and-rail packages tend to dominate this niche market, with travelers keen on sampling the many land- and sea-based wonders of this massive state. Princess Cruises pioneered the concept of luxury rail service in Alaska back in the mid-‘80s, and it still today offers “cruisetours,” touting side trips to Talkeetna, Denali National Park, and/or Fairbanks by train, including overnight stays at Princess-run wilderness lodges (10- to 15-night trips from $798/person).
Holland America Line pairs three- to seven-night sailings with multi-night land-based visits to Denali and/or the Yukon, which incorporate daylong rail outings aboard a glass-domed train between Anchorage and Denali, and/or the historic narrow-gauge White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad, along with overnight stays at area hotels (10- to 20-night trips from $999/person). Or, combine Royal Caribbean’s seven-night Alaska sailings aboard the Radiance of the Seas, with three- to four-night land tours inclusive of lodging, excursions, and a full-day jaunt through the interior of Alaska on the glass-domed cars of the Wilderness Express (10- to 11-night trips from $1,564/person).
3. Rivers & Rails of Africa