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With Land and Sea Packages, Cruises Team Up With Rail Travel

Excerpt from New York Times

Aug 13, 2013 3:30 am

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With these packages, the providers are picking up a longtime European land and sea tradition and bringing it to the American Northwest.

— Eliza Ronalds-Hannon

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The Vancouver-based Rocky Mountaineer train transports passengers across the northern USA, then Norwegian Cruise Lines picks them up for a cruise off the Northwest Coast. Tony Hisgett / Flickr


Leisure train trips often adopt the cruise ship model of sightseeing in transit, punctuated by excursions at stops en route. Now Rocky Mountaineer is expanding its combination of land and sea cruises by linking up with Norwegian Cruise Line.

Beginning next May … travelers can book rail trips through the Canadian Rockies, winding up in Seattle or Vancouver, where they will transfer to an NCL ship for an Inside Passage cruise.

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