FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – American Queen Voyages, part of the Hornblower Group, has partnered with Rocky Mountaineer to offer a pre- and post-cruise luxury rail City Stay Package for the inaugural season of Ocean Victory. Traveling through the majestic Canadian Rockies between Calgary and Vancouver, the opulent add-on option is available for six sailings May - Sept. 2022.
“The inaugural expedition season of Ocean Victory in Alaska, made even more special with the Rocky Mountaineer program, is a magnificent add-on to our new expedition experience,” said Shawn Bierdz, chief operating officer, American Queen Voyages. “This partnership is a wonderful way to kick off American Queen Voyages’ 10th anniversary year, combining the adventure of expedition cruising in Alaska and the romance of rail travel through the Canadian Rockies.”
Embarking on the elegant experience of traveling by rail through one of North America’s most scenic lands, the Landscapes & Luxury Rocky Mountaineer City Stay Package is available as a six-day pre-cruise option for guests booked on Ocean Victory May 2, 23; June 13; July 4, 25; Aug 15; Sept 5, and as a five-day post-cruise on May 28; June 18; July 9, 30; Aug 20; and Sep 10, 2022. Expedition highlights include a two-day Rocky Mountaineer train experience with GoldLeaf Service; hotel nights in Banff, Kamloops and two nights in Vancouver; either one or two half-day tours in Vancouver (Grouse Mountain and Capilano, Vancouver City Tour); a National Parks pass; luggage handling at hotels; and train station and airport transfers. The pre-cruise package includes an additional hotel night in Calgary and a full day sightseeing tour from Calgary to Banff.
“We are thrilled to add American Queen Voyages as a cruise partner, offering our iconic luxury rail journeys through the Canadian Rockies to their guests,” said Jonathan Hope, Managing Director, Sales, Rocky Mountaineer. “Rocky Mountaineer journeys are the perfect complement to an Alaska cruise, offering guests views of breathtaking scenery while enjoying delicious cuisine, friendly service, interesting storytelling and the social atmosphere from our luxury glass-dome trains.”
Created for intimate access with an innovative X-Bow design, the Ocean Victory sails 12- and 13-day journeys through the less-traveled regions of Alaska’s Inside Passage led by a seasoned expedition team. Like-minded explorers will deploy kayaks and Zodiacs with expedition guides, view wildlife from sliding observation platforms, witness marine research by California Polytechnic State University students in real-time and have engaging discussions with First Nation leaders. Accommodating only 186 guests, the focus of the expedition program is exploring Alaska up close.
The brand-new expedition ship Ocean Victory will sail between Vancouver, B.C. and Sitka, Alaska on 13-day journeys and feature ports of call that larger ships cannot access, including Baranof Island’s eastern coast. The itinerary features: a pre-cruise hotel stay in Vancouver, B.C.; Canadian Inside Passage; Fiordland (Kynoch Inlet); Ketchikan/Metlakatla; Misty Fjords National Monument; Wrangell/Stikine River Wilderness; Waterfall Coast/Baranof Wilderness; Petersburg/Le Conte Glacier; Tracy Arm/Endicott Glacier; Kake/Frederick Sound/Five Finger; and Sitka, Alaska. Sailings are available May - Sept. 2022.
The Rocky Mountaineer offers luxury train journeys that showcase some of the best scenery North America has to offer, with four rail routes: three that connect Vancouver to the Canadian Rockies towns of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper in Western Canada; and a fourth route that travels between Denver, Colorado and Moab, Utah in the Southwest U.S. It is a must-do travel experience that offers unparalleled journeys in its spacious glass-domed train coaches thanks to incredible scenery, delicious cuisine, friendly service, and social atmosphere.