Chicago to New Orleans & Western Caribbean Cruise
Escape the cold and get ready to bask in the sun on this 12-day rail-cruise adventure.
Escape the cold and get ready to bask in the sun on this 12-day rail-cruise adventure. Travel to New Orleans aboard Amtrak's renowned City of New Orleans, where you will have two days to spend in the “Big Easy.” Known for its rich culture and history, New Orleans is a truly matchless city. Wander down Bourbon Street or explore the French Quarter, the music, food and atmosphere that encompasses the Big Easy will certainly make the visit unforgettable.
From New Orleans, begin your 7-day Caribbean cruise as you board Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas towards your first port of call, Falmouth, Jamaica, where you have the chance to not only taste an assortment of aged rums, but learn how rum is actually made.
Your Caribbean getaway continues as you head towards the Cayman Islands for your next port of call, Georgetown, where snorkeling with stingrays is considered one of the more popular activities to do. Finally, stop at Cozumel for your last port of call. With its pristine beaches, ancient Mayan ruins and huge festivities, you will discover first hand why it's considered one of Mexico's most significant tourist destinations. After Cozumel, sail to New Orleans, where you will disembark and head back to Chicago by train.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Roundtrip overnight rail transportation aboard Amtrak's City of New Orleans (2 nights on train)
- 7-night Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas
- Meals aboard the train and ship
- Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
- Sightseeing including Chicago Hop on/ Hop Off tour, New Orleans Hop on/Hop off tour and Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise.
- John Hancock Observatory
- Navy Pier
- French Quarter
- Passion Island
- Cozumel, Mexico
- Georgetown, Grand Cayman
- Falmouth, Jamaica
Day 1 - Depart Chicago aboard the City of New Orleans
Explore Chicago on a hop-on/hop-off trolley tour, and see all the famous sights including the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, and the John Hancock Observatory. This evening transfer on your own to Chicago's historic Union Station for your 8:00 pm departure aboard Amtrak's City of New Orleans for your overnight journey to the “Big Easy.” Overnight train.
Day 2 - Arrive New Orleans
Arrive in New Orleans around 3:30 pm and check into your centrally-located hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore this historic city. Explore the French Quarter as you stroll down Bourbon Street or eat at any of New Orleans's popular restaurants. Overnight JW Marriot New Orleans or Similar. (B, L)
Day 3 - Experience New Orleans
Start your day with a New Orleans Hop on/ Hop off tour, the only open-top, double-decker hop on/ hop off tour in New Orleans. This unique tour will take you all over the city, giving you a New Orleans experience like no other. Tonight board the Steamboat Natchez for a dinner cruise Savor the beauty of the New Orleans skyline aboard the last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi River! Overnight JW Marriot New Orleans or similar. (D)
Day 4 - Board the Serenade of the Seas
Say goodbye to the “Big Easy” as you set sail on the Serenade of the Seas to begin your 7-day Caribbean cruise. Spend the day exploring the ship, meet fellow travelers or bask in the sun as you begin your high seas adventure. Overnight ship. (D)
Days 5-6 - Full Day at Sea
These two days are at your leisure to take advantage of the multitude of special features on the ship, including a rock-climbing wall, a basketball court, an ice-skating rink and an in-line skating track, a five-story theatre, a casino, and a miniature golf course. Overnight ship. (2B,2L,2D)
Day 7 - Falmouth, Jamaica
Your first port of call is Falmouth, Jamaica. Falmouth is said to be one of the Caribbean's best-preserved Georgian towns. Dock around 8:00 am for a full day of historic adventure. You may elect to take in some history with a stroll through Falmouth's Historic District where visitors can explore an impressive collection of 19th-century Georgian architecture, or enjoy a scenic drive through Jamaica's interior to Appleton Estate, where visitors learn how rum is made, sample wet sugar and have the chance to taste different aged rums. Overnight ship. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Georgetown, Grand Cayman
Arrive at Georgetown, the capital of the Cayman Islands, around 10:00 am for your second port of call. One of the biggest attractions in Georgetown is snorkeling with stingrays at Stingray City Sandbar. Sail the beautiful waters of the North Sounds, stopping by Stingray City, aboard a 60-foot racing catamaran. Or, you may wish to get a bird's-eye perspective of Grand Cayman on an exciting helicopter tour. Overnight ship. (B,L,D)
Day 9 - Cozumel, Mexico
Your last port of call is Cozumel, Mexico. Cozumel is the third largest and most populated Island in Mexico. You may wish to spend the day exploring the ruins of the ancient Mayans, or explore the underwater world of Chankanaab on a deep-sea adventure aboard the Atlantis Submarine. Overnight ship. (B,L,D)
Day 10 - At Sea
On your return journey to New Orleans, take advantage of the ship's many amenities or just relax by the pool. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - Disembark Serenade of the Seas
Arrive in New Orleans around 6:00 am. The day is at your leisure until your 1:45 pm departure to Chicago aboard the City of New Orleans. Overnight train. (D)
Day 12 - Arrive Chicago
Your rail-sail vacation comes to a close as you reach Union Station around 9:00 am. (B)
Rail Your Way
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Dates & Prices
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|14th January 2015||$2,229||Book Now|
|11th February 2015||$2,253||Book Now|
|25th March 2015||$2,419||Book Now|
|14th January 2015||$2,468||Book Now|
|11th February 2015||$2,474||Book Now|
|25th March 2015||$2,552||Book Now|
|14th January 2015||$2,492||Book Now|
|11th February 2015||$2,544||Book Now|
|25th March 2015||$2,583||Book Now|
|14th January 2015||$2,769||Book Now|
|11th February 2015||$2,765||Book Now|
|25th March 2015||$2,804||Book Now|
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Amtrak Roomette/Outside Stateroom: Departs 14th January 2015 ($2,229), 11th February 2015 ($2,253), 25th March 2015 ($2,419)
Amtrak Roomette/Balcony Stateroom: Departs 14th January 2015 ($2,468), 11th February 2015 ($2,474), 25th March 2015 ($2,552)
Amtrak Bedroom/Outside Stateroom: Departs 14th January 2015 ($2,492), 11th February 2015 ($2,544), 25th March 2015 ($2,583)
Amtrak Bedroom/Balcony Stateroom: Departs 14th January 2015 ($2,769), 11th February 2015 ($2,765), 25th March 2015 ($2,804)
For travelers on the February 20 departure, cruise itinerary may be slightly altered while ports of call stay the same. 2015 ship itinerary will operate in reverse.