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July 26, 2013


The Rocky Mountaineer train will offer even more Rail and Cruise holiday options in 2014. It has announced a new global partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line. Connecting with Rocky Mountaineer’s new Coastal Passage rail route out of Seattle, WA as well as train departures from Vancouver, BC, guests are invited to experience a stunning rail journey through the Pacific Northwest and the Canadian Rockies before or after their Norwegian cruise to Alaska.There are five different Rail and Cruise vacation packages available through Rocky Mountaineer for travel in 2014.

Each itinerary offers a unique opportunity for travelers to make the most of their visit to Western Canada and Alaska by linking the Rocky Mountaineer train with cruises on three of Norwegian’s ships: Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Sun.

Bob Nicholas, Vice President, Global Sales of Rocky Mountaineer said that it was a delight to enter into a global partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line, which aligns perfectly with the brand in offering world-class service and an exceptional experience. He also added that in a research it was found that nearly half of all of the guests combine rail journeys with an Alaskan cruise and with this new agreement, both Rocky Mountaineer and Norwegian have come together to combine two dream vacations into one by both land and sea.

Norwegian and Rocky Mountaineer have had a strong relationship for many years and to now expand that to a global partnership will be a pleasure said Francis Riley, Vice President and General Manager International for Norwegian Cruise Line.

Norwegian’s Freestyle Cruising concept is a natural fit for Rocky Mountaineer’s guests, looking for freedom and flexibility along with top-line service and amenities for a spectacular Alaskan vacation experience. One of the most popular packages to add a Norwegian Cruise Line Alaskan Cruise to is the Canadian Rockies Highlights and Coastal Passage. Including the cruise, this holiday ranges from 13-14 days in length depending on direction selected.


The 'Best of the West' by Dutch Ocean Liner and Train

In 1939 Canadian Pacific put out a nifty brochure titled, appropriately 'Glorious British Columbia' and this heading summarizes perfectly our view of this beautiful Province. This Fall, we have a truly glorious holiday that features train travel, two night stay in Seattle 'The Emerald City', two full nights in lovely Vancouver at the Sheraton Wall Centre, sightseeing including a visit to Queen Elizabeth Park, and two nights in the alpine mountain resort of Whistler. Nicest of all, our guests will travel back to Vancouver from Whistler over the British Columbia Railway aboard the superb ROCKY MOUNTAINEER passenger train, the first train over this route in many years, enjoying a journey of stunning beauty past Howe Sound and Britannia Falls in comfort with big-window coaches, an open-air observation platform, afternoon tea aboard and much more!

Our holiday begins with a scenic ride to Seattle aboard the Coast Starlight train with a two night stay at the Westin Hotel along with plenty of time to enjoy 'The Emerald City'. We then travel north to Vancouver along the Puget Sound aboard the 'Talgo' train to Vancouver, enjoying a special Afternoon Tea before continuing to the resort town of Whistler. With two full days in Whistler, guests have plenty of time to enjoy the European-style cafes, intriguing shops, biking or four of Canada's top-rated golf courses. Next, we board the Whistler Mountaineer, bound for Vancouver on a stunningly beautiful ride to this popular resort destination. In Vancouver, our guests enjoy two-nights at the Sheraton Wall Centre along with a welcome dinner, and sightseeing. Saving the best for last, we then board Holland America's ms Westerdam at Vancouver for a rare Pacific Coastal voyage south to San Diego, a nice way to sample traditional Ocean travel, with a daytime stops in Astoria, Oregon, Los Angeles, and Catalina Island en route. Onboard there is as much, or as little to do as you like and we cannot imagine a nicer way to travel home. We have included dinner one evening in the superlative Pinnacle Grill as well as a farewell cocktail party. There is only one flaw in this entire indulgent holiday, it will fill quickly and prompt reservations are encouraged to avoid disappointment.


Free train travel from any California point to Seattle, WA aboard the Coast Starlight, a scenic overnight journey. Two-night hotel stay in Seattle at the superb Westin Hotel. Travel from Seattle to Vancouver aboard the popular 'Talgo Train' along the scenic Puget Sound, the best way to travel between these two cities. Two-night stay in the Canadian resort town of Whistler at the Hilton Resort. Travel by luxury streamliner train from Whistler with two-night stay in Vancouver at the Sheraton Wall Centre. 6-night Pacific Coastal cruise from Vancouver to San Diego aboard Holland America Line's Dutch ocean liner the ms Westerdam with a day-visit to charming Astoria, Oregon as well as Los Angeles and Catalina's Avalon en route. Return train travel to any California point from San Diego.


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by Jerry W. Bird

While most travelers approach the fabled 'Inside Passage' from various points due south, my first experience of this 1,200 mile Marine Highway, was from Canada's Klondike, having plied the Yukon River for four eventful days aboard the SS Casca, a classic paddle-wheeler ; chugging and puffing our way upstream from Dawson City to Whitehorse. After an overnight at the Regina Hotel, with its ornate lamps and Victorian furnishings, we boarded the narrow-gauge White Pass & Yukon Railway for a day trip, detraining on a wooden platform at historic Skagway. This sleepy little seaport on Alaska's Lynn Canal, came to fame 100 years ago, during the Jefferson (Soapy) Smith era, as a lawless, rough and ready frontier town at t
he foot of the White Pass.




From Calgary, Alberta ...
head west via Kicking Horse Pass; swing south at Golden, following the Columbia River to Cranbrook Kimberly in BC's East Kootenays. At Elko, BC, the train heads east via Crowsnest Pass ... (Continued)

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Welcome Aboard ...
Alaska Railroad, the last full-service railroad in the United States. We owe our success of the past 77 years to hard work and dedication. From tidewater at Whittier and Seward to the heart of Interior Alaska, our route covers more than 500 miles. (Continued)
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Spacious skies, purple mountain majesty, fruited plain, amber waves of grain. See America the Beautiful, go Cross Canada by train (details) or take a Cruise around Africa
Adventure Isles . Barge Excursions
Canoe Journeys . Discovery Coast . Klondike Memories . Shipwrecks .
Queen Charlottes . Seaplane Travel

Alaska Cruises ...
From Vancouver, cruise companies offer the Inside Passage Cruise and Glacier Cruise, with the same luxury and service as on Ocean cruises.(details)

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Mtn High ...
Check out the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver via Kamloops to Banff-Calgary and Jasper National Park. (details)

Mother of all Rail Tours. Trans-Siberian Express rolls through the broad steppes, crossing mountain passes, skirting Lake Bakail (world's deepest) and mile upon endless mile of desert - from Moscow to Vladivostok, seaport of the Pacific. (Continued)

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