New Orleans/West Caribbean Rail Sail
Grab your passport and head south for the winter!
You won't want to miss this 11-day rail-cruise adventure that takes you to New Orleans by train and to Mexico, Belize, and Honduras by cruise ship. Highlights of this sunny getaway include equal time in the Big Easy, Costa Maya, Harvest Caye, and Cozumel.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Round-trip transportation by Amtrak, Norwegian Cruise Line and connecting motorcoach
- Reclining coach seat on Amtrak for two nights
- Inside stateroom on the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship for seven nights
- First-class hotel accommodations for one night
- 27 meals
- Sightseeing tour in New Orleans
- Baggage handling, taxes and tips
- All gratuities are included; rail, cruise and motorcoach
- Services of a professional Tour Director
Scenic highlights include:
- New Orleans' French Quarter
- Mayan ruins in Costa Maya and Cozumel
- St. Louis Cemetery III
- French Market
- Audubon Park
Day 1 - City of New Orleans to the Big Easy
Your winter getaway begins in Chicago where you will meet your tour manager and fellow travelers at historic Union Station. Board the iconic City of New Orleans train, settle into your onboard accommodations, and prepare for your 8:05 pm departure. Relax in your reclining coach seat with leg rest. Roomettes or Bedrooms are available at an additional cost. Later, enjoy the evening from the relaxed atmosphere of the Sightseer Lounge Car. Overnight train. (D)
Day 2 - New Orleans
Both dining car meals today are included beginning with breakfast this morning. We'll be rolling through the Mississippi Delta area this morning. We're scheduled to arrive in the Crescent City by 3:32 p.m. Our home in New Orleans is the Hampton Inn Downtown French Quarter. You're in one of the most attractive cities in the world. Take full advantage of all there is to see, to do and to taste. (B, L)
Day 3 - Western Caribbean Cruise
The morning is at your leisure to get a taste of the Big Easy. You may wish to enjoy coffee and beignets at the famous Café du Monde or wander through the shops and galleries along Royale Street. At noon transfer from your hotel to the cruise terminal where you will board the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship, your home for the next seven nights. Get settled, enjoy a buffet lunch, and start exploring the ship. You're scheduled to set sail at 4:00 pm. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - At Sea
The entire day is at your leisure to take advantage of everything the ship has to offer. Pamper yourself at the spa, tee up at the driving range, work up a sweat in the fitness center, try your luck at the casino, watch a show, enjoy a buffet, or dance the night away. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Cozumel, Mexico
Your first port of call is Cozumel. Once the destination of Mayan women paying homage to Ixchel, Mayan goddess of fertility, today it's ranked among the world's premier dive spots. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - At Sea
Relax and watch the beautiful ocean glide by. Try your luck at the casino or enjoy a day of laying by the pool or relaxing at the spa. Shopping in one of the boutiques is another option. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Harvest Caye, Belize
Belize is an eco-tourist's paradise, home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world, and today's port of call. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Costa Maya, Mexico
Costa Maya is considered the quiet side of Mexico. Archaeology buffs will especially enjoy discovering the area's Mayan ruins. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - At Sea
A day of complete relaxation is yours as we spend the entire day at sea. Take advantage of your last full day on the cruise ship by enjoying an assortment of optional activities and onboard amenities. Overnight ship. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - New Orleans
After disembarking the Norwegian Breakaway, you'll begin a 2 ½-hour sightseeing tour of the Greater New Orleans area. Highlights of the tour include the St. Louis Cemetery III where you'll learn about the above ground burial system, beautiful City Park, the Lakefront area, the uptown section with its antebellum and new homes, Tulane University, Audubon Park, and the French Market.
There will be a stop for lunch on your own before arriving at New Orleans' Union Station where you'll depart for Chicago aboard the 1:45 pm northbound City of New Orleans train. Take time to relax with a good book, nap, or chat with fellow travelers in the Sightseer Lounge. Overnight train. (B, D)
Day 11 - Arrive Chicago
After a full-course breakfast in the Dining Car, you're scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 9:00 am where your tour comes to an end. You may wish to extend your vacation with a stay in the Windy City. (B)
Rail Your Way
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
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.
is a Jewel class cruise ship of Norwegian Cruise Line sailing itineraries primarily around Alaska and the Caribbean.
These staterooms are the most affordable way to cruise. There's room for up to four guests and they include two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and of course, you'll have room service and many other amenities.
Experience stylish decor in a comfortable oceanview stateroom. All come with nice, smart touches enhanced by a large picture window with clear views of the sea.
See the world like never before. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open to your very own private balcony. Stylish and sophisticated appointments enhance these modern rooms.
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