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Cunard Will Offer Rocky Mountaineer Train Tours in Alaska This Summer

Cunard Will Offer Rocky Mountaineer Train Tours in Alaska This Summer

Cunard will offer guests the opportunity to experience the Rocky Mountaineer train when they sail through Alaska in summer 2023.

On January 23, 2023, luxury cruise line Cunard announced that it will offer passengers sailing through Alaska on Queen Elizabeth this summer the chance to enjoy the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer train.

Guests can extend their Alaska voyage with either a four-night pre-voyage train experience or a three-night post-voyage package, depending on the sailing date.

The legendary Rocky Mountaineer

The three-night Rocky Mountaineer tour will take passengers eastbound from Vancouver to Calgary. The four-night train tour will travel in the opposite direction and include an additional day off sightseeing in Banff, where the highlight is a trip on the impressive Banff Gondola.

Guests traveling on the Rocky Mountaineer train—the only passenger rail service on this historic rail route—will enjoy luxurious coaches and expansive glass-dome windows. Breathtaking 180-degree panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, shimmering lakes, and winding canyons are offered from all angles.

An Onboard Host speaks to guests about the scenery from the GoldLeaf dome (image courtesy of Rocky Mountaineer)

Renowned for its GoldLeaf Service, Rocky Mountaineer offers an onboard dining room where guests can indulge in culinary delights inspired by the region with a new 2023 menu as well as full complimentary bar service.

“We are excited to partner with Rocky Mountaineer so our passengers can enjoy the spectacular scenery and Alaskan wildlife in the utmost of luxury both by land and by sea,” said Matt Gleaves, a Cunard VP.

Guests can enjoy elegantly plated meals prepared with local ingredients in the train’s dedicated dining room (image courtesy of Rocky Mountaineer)

Cunard’s Rocky Mountaineer pre- and post-cruise tour pricing

  • The three-night post-voyage tours start at $2,850 per person based on double occupancy, available on two Japan to Alaska voyages (Q318A, Q319) and four Alaska voyages roundtrip out of Vancouver ranging from 10 to 11 nights (Q323, Q324, Q325, Q326).
  • The four-night pre-voyage tour starts at $3,250 per person based on double occupancy, available on three Alaska voyages roundtrip out of Vancouver ranging from seven to 10 nights (Q321, Q322, Q323).

Aboard Queen Elizabeth in Alaska

Cunard reports that Queen Elizabeth‘s summer 2023 season in Alaska will be full of adventure and discovery—with the onboard Insights program featuring experts from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, TV personality Bear Grylls, and famed explorer Mensun Bound.

Other highlights on the ship will include the bespoke Alaska Afternoon Tea, the elegant Ice White Ball, and a new dining concept called Frontier, which will offer a taste of Alaska.

Cunard’s ship Queen Elizabeth will sail in Alaska during the 2023 summer season (image courtesy of Cunard)

Queen Elizabeth is one of three Cunard ships currently in service, along with her sisters Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria

A fourth ship, Queen Anne, will be entering service in early 2024, and will mark the first time since 1999 that Cunard will have four ships in simultaneous service.

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Have you ever traveled aboard the Rocky Mountaineer? Or are you planning to take the scenic train journey on your next Cunard cruise in Alaska? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Carrie Ann Karstunen