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.
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.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Round-trip overnight rail transportation aboard Amtrak's City of New Orleans (2 nights on train)
- 7-night Western Caribbean cruise onboard Norwegian
- 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 in New Orleans. (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 in New Orleans. (D)
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. (D)
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. (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 – At Sea
Enjoy your day at leisure exploring more of the ship and taking in amazing views. (B, L, D)
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. (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 - 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. (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
Hotel is Monteleone, JW Marriott or similar
Amtrak accommodations are available in Roomette and Bedroom. 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.
+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
Dates & Prices
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|20th December 2018||$2,873||Please call for availability.|
|14th February 2019||$2,483||Book Now|
|28th February 2019||$2,625||Book Now|
|28th March 2019||$2,580||Book Now|
|20th December 2018||$3,315||Please call for availability.|
|14th February 2019||$2,795||Book Now|
|28th February 2019||$2,924||Book Now|
|28th March 2019||$2,958||Book Now|
|20th December 2018||$2,978||Please call for availability.|
|14th February 2019||$2,588||Book Now|
|28th February 2019||$2,730||Book Now|
|28th March 2019||$2,685||Book Now|
|20th December 2018||$3,602||Please call for availability.|
|14th February 2019||$2,900||Book Now|
|28th February 2019||$3,029||Book Now|
|28th March 2019||$3,065||Book Now|
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Amtrak Roomette/Outside Stateroom: Departs 20th December 2018 from $2,873 - Please call for availability 14th February 2019 ($2,483), 28th February 2019 ($2,625), 28th March 2019 ($2,580)
Amtrak Roomette/Balcony Stateroom: Departs 20th December 2018 from $3,315 - Please call for availability 14th February 2019 ($2,795), 28th February 2019 ($2,924), 28th March 2019 ($2,958)
Amtrak Bedroom/Outside Stateroom: Departs 20th December 2018 from $2,978 - Please call for availability 14th February 2019 ($2,588), 28th February 2019 ($2,730), 28th March 2019 ($2,685)
Amtrak Bedroom/Balcony Stateroom: Departs 20th December 2018 from $3,602 - Please call for availability 14th February 2019 ($2,900), 28th February 2019 ($3,029), 28th March 2019 ($3,065)
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