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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.

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2022 Tour code: RW-WCCR-22

About the tour

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 your 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.


What’s included


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 in New Orleans.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
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 in New Orleans.

  • Dinner
Day 4 - Board the Ship

Enjoy one last morning in New Orleans before your 4:00 pm embarkation. Tonight, get acquainted with your comfortable accommodations and begin exploring your ship. Overnight ship.

  • Dinner
Day 5 - At Sea

Use your full day at sea to take advantage of the ship'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 14 delicious dining options and 12 bars and lounges. A day at sea is a day set aside for total, unmitigated leisure. Overnight ship.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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. Overnight ship.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Roatan, Bay Islands, Hounduras

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 Honduran Reef is a diver's paradise, and the beauty of Tabyana Beach is always a sight to see. Overnight ship.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - Harvest Caye, Belize

Enjoy your time on this brand new port of call built on two adjoining islands right off the coast of Belize City. Designed to be eco-friendly, Harvest Caye provides wildlife programs, a beautiful lagoon for water sports, a relaxing pool area and shopping. Overnight ship.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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. Overnight ship.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 - Disembark 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.

  • Dinner
Day 12 - Arrive Chicago

Your rail-sail vacation comes to a close as you reach Union Station around 9:00 am.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Pricing Plans

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 that features two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, which converts 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.

Please note

Port taxes are $159.52 for 2022.

The New Orleans hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour will not operate during Mardis Gras. Hotels are limited during Mardi Gras, a surcharge may apply during that time.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


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