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Alaska and the Rockies: the ultimate cruise and rail holiday

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An epic cruise and rail holiday through Alaska and the Canadian Rockies makes for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Rocky Mountaineer is a world-class train journey like no other. Winding through lush rainforests and snow-capped mountains, this is where the call of the wild meets luxury, gourmet cuisine and impeccable service.

Guests of Rocky Mountaineer share the same demographic profile and travel preferences as ocean cruisers. In fact, 40 per cent of Rocky Mountaineer guests combine an Alaskan cruise with their Rocky Mountaineer journey, and 60 per cent of guests have taken a cruise in the last five years.

Combining the majestic Canadian Rockies with awe-inspiring Alaska glaciers on a journey by land, rail and sea, is a holiday match made in heaven. “By adding an Alaska cruise to a Rocky Mountaineer journey, agents can significantly grow their business,” said Steven Harris, regional sales director of EMEA.

Rocky Mountaineer's Seton train journeying through the Rocky Mountains
Rocky Mountaineer’s Seton train passes through Canadia’s spectacular landscape on an iconic rail route


Rocky Mountaineer offers a number of cruise and rail holidays, or clients can simply add an Alaska cruise to any rail package on board one of Holland America Line’s luxurious cruise ships, departing from either Seattle, the US or Vancouver.

The rail company’s most popular itinerary is the First Passage to the West. Rocky Mountaineer offers the only passenger rail service on this historic route, which connects Canada from East to West.

For 2020, the itinerary will begin in the city of Vancouver with a pre or post-tour cruise of Alaska. Passengers will set sail on Holland America Line’s MS Koningsdam ship, cruising the Inside Passage through well-known ports, including Juneau and Skagway, as well as Glacier Bay National Park, before disembarking back in Vancouver.

Following a sightseeing tour on Vancouver’s North Shore, guests will then board the famed Rocky Mountaineer train. Passengers will travel the iconic rail route in comfort while capturing the dramatic Canadian landscape; from magnificent mountains to awe-inspiring canyons.

The train journeys through Kamloops, in the beautiful interior of the province, before finishing in Banff, a mountain town nestled within the breath-taking peaks of Mt Rundle and Mt Cascade.

Passengers looking out at the wilderness on Rocky Mountaineer's, Goldleaf Service offering
Rocky Mountaineer’s GoldLeaf Service gives guests access to exclusive outdoor viewing platforms


For the ultimate luxury experience, guests can opt for Rocky Mountaineer’s GoldLeaf Service, which includes gourmet à la carte meals, complimentary beverages and soul-stirring views from a two-level glass-dome coach.

By pairing a spectacular cruise experience with a great rail journey, clients will explore the Pacific Northwest in a unique and unforgettable way.

For those clients already booked on an Alaska cruise, Rocky Mountaineer’s Vacation Consultants can share which packages match up with their cruise departure through flexible package options.

To learn more about what Rocky Mountaineer offers and to become a Rocky Mountaineer Specialist, please visit

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