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.
Book a qualifying winter rail vacation in the USA and Canada and receive a free pre- or post-night hotel stay. Select from:
- Winter in the Rockies
- Winter in Banff, Jasper & Whistler
- Winter in Western Canada
- Winter in Eastern Canada
- Canadian Snow Train
- Canadian Snow Train with Jasper
- Winter Escape to the Grand Canyon
- California Zephyr & Mexican Riviera Cruise
- California Zephyr & Hawaii Cruise
- Chicago to New Orleans & Western Caribbean Cruise
- Snow Train
- Snow Zephyr
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.” Then, board the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship, and set out on a thrilling course through the Western Caribbean, making stops in Mexico, Belize, and Honduras. You’ll sample three distinct and vibrant cultures while relaxing in a tropical climate that is pretty close to paradise.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Round-trip overnight rail transportation aboard Amtrak's City of New Orleans (2 nights on train)
- 7-night Western Caribbean cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Dawn
- All meals included onboard train and ship
- Chicago hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour
- New Orleans hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour
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 Norwegian Dawn
Enjoy one last morning in New Orleans before your 4:00 pm embarkation. Tonight, get acquainted with your comfortable accommodations and begin exploring the Norwegian Dawn. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - At Sea
Use your full day at sea to take advantage of the Norwegian Dawn's copious amenities. Unwind in the spa, play the odds at the casino, or go for a swim in the pool. Tonight, choose from one of fourteen delicious dining options and twelve bars and lounges. A day at sea is a day set aside for total, unmitigated leisure. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Cozumel, Mexico
The island of Cozumel off the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula continues to be known for its fantastic fishing, snorkeling and diving opportunities. And despite the growth of tourism in recent years, the island and its only town, San Miguel, retain much of their original warmth and charm. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Belize City, Belize
Long before the 17th-century powers to fight over Belizean sovereignty, a complex Mayan civilization flourished here. Today, many of the architectural treasures from that amazing lost culture remain for you to explore in virtually untouched verdant jungles. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Beautiful and unspoiled, Roatan is a peaceful, eco-tourist's dream, just 30 miles off the coast of Honduras. Teeming with marine life and home to some of the best pillar coral in the Caribbean, the pristine Belizean Reef is a diver's paradise. And the beauty of Tabyana Beach is always a sight to see. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Costa Maya, Mexico
This coastal paradise in the Yucatan features stunning beaches with soft sand and blue skies. Travel to see ancient Mayan ruins in this region rich with archaeological sites. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - At Sea
Enjoy another day of leisure at sea. Take in beautiful ocean views and enjoy the warm sea breeze while sipping a drink or relaxing in the pool. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - Disembarkation in New Orleans
Arrive in New Orleans around 8:00 am. The day is at your leisure until your 1:45 pm departure to Chicago aboard the City of New Orleans. Watch the hauntingly beautiful bayou scenery roll by as you head north. 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
Add more flexibility to your rail vacation by choosing when and where to begin and end your vacation. Whether you want to go east to west, west to east, north to south, south to north, start at the beginning, travel the reverse itinerary or begin in the middle, Rail Your Way allows you to tailor make your rail vacation so you can have the experience you want.
Look for the Rail Your Way icon to identify those vacations that offer customized rail connections or joining points. Ask your rail specialist how you can have Rail Your Way!
Extend Your Vacation
Extend your rail vacation with new city packages in Chicago, Toronto, and Vancouver. Optional pre- or post-night packages include hotel accommodations for two nights and popular local sightseeing, and may be added to the beginning or end of qualifying rail vacations.
Look for the Extend Your Vacation icon to identify those vacations which offer new city stay packages. Ask your rail specialist for details about these pre- and post-night extensions.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Norwegian Dawn offer the ultimate Freestyle Cruising experience with departures from Boston to Bermuda in the summer, Canada & New England in the fall and from Tampa to the best spots in the Caribbean during winter. Norwegian Dawn was built with freedom in mind, offering a choice of 14 delicious dining options, 12 fun bars and lounges, the fitness center and spa, casino, pools and more. Plus, she offers a range of spacious accommodations to suit every size family and budget.
Amtrak accommodations are available in Coach class, Roomette, and Bedroom. Coach accommodations include a reclining seat with leg rest. Roomette accommodations include a private cabin featuring two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, converting to an upper and lower berth at night. Bedroom accommodations feature a sofa and chair by day, and upper and lower berth by night. Bedroom accommodations also include a sink and self-enclosed toilet and shower. All travelers have access to the Sightseer Lounge. Roomette and Bedroom accommodations include all meals aboard the train.
+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
Dates & Prices
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|17th November 2016||$2,657||Book Now|
|1st December 2016||$2,657||Book Now|
|5th January 2017||$2,644||Book Now|
|2nd February 2017||$2,644||Book Now|
|2nd March 2017||$2,644||Book Now|
|6th April 2017||$2,644||Book Now|
|17th November 2016||$3,190||Book Now|
|1st December 2016||$3,190||Book Now|
|5th January 2017||$3,112||Book Now|
|2nd February 2017||$3,112||Book Now|
|2nd March 2017||$3,112||Book Now|
|6th April 2017||$3,112||Book Now|
|17th November 2016||$2,963||Book Now|
|1st December 2016||$2,963||Book Now|
|5th January 2017||$2,950||Book Now|
|2nd February 2017||$2,950||Book Now|
|2nd March 2017||$2,950||Book Now|
|6th April 2017||$2,950||Book Now|
|17th November 2016||$3,496||Book Now|
|1st December 2016||$3,496||Book Now|
|5th January 2017||$3,418||Book Now|
|2nd February 2017||$3,418||Book Now|
|2nd March 2017||$3,418||Book Now|
|6th April 2017||$3,418||Book Now|
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Amtrak Roomette/Outside Stateroom: Departs 17th November 2016 ($2,657), 1st December 2016 ($2,657), 5th January 2017 ($2,644), 2nd February 2017 ($2,644), 2nd March 2017 ($2,644), 6th April 2017 ($2,644)
Amtrak Roomette/Balcony Stateroom: Departs 17th November 2016 ($3,190), 1st December 2016 ($3,190), 5th January 2017 ($3,112), 2nd February 2017 ($3,112), 2nd March 2017 ($3,112), 6th April 2017 ($3,112)
Amtrak Bedroom/Outside Stateroom: Departs 17th November 2016 ($2,963), 1st December 2016 ($2,963), 5th January 2017 ($2,950), 2nd February 2017 ($2,950), 2nd March 2017 ($2,950), 6th April 2017 ($2,950)
Amtrak Bedroom/Balcony Stateroom: Departs 17th November 2016 ($3,496), 1st December 2016 ($3,496), 5th January 2017 ($3,418), 2nd February 2017 ($3,418), 2nd March 2017 ($3,418), 6th April 2017 ($3,418)
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