What is the best way to travel to Alaska? Cunard is offering a cruise and train experience
If an Alaska cruise has ever left you wanting more, Cunard Line has you covered. The luxury brand is partnering again with train company Rocky Mountaineer to offer rail extensions on its sailings to the Last Frontier this summer.
Between June and August, passengers on Cunard's Queen Elizabeth ship can ride the train through the Canadian Rockies by tacking on either a three-night post-cruise package or adding a four-night trip ahead of their sailing, depending on the date of their cruise.
"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," Matt Gleaves, Cunard's VP, Commercial – North America, said in a news release.
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Cunard previously partnered with Rocky Mountaineer in 2019. Other cruise lines, such as American Queen Voyages, have also worked with the company.
Where do Cunard's Rocky Mountaineer tours go?
During the three-night option, Rocky Mountaineer takes guests east from Vancouver, British Columbia to Calgary, Alberta. The four-night trip makes the opposite journey, building in extra time for exploring Banff, where passengers can take in sweeping views courtesy of the Banff Gondola.
The train offers plenty of striking scenery, too: glass-dome windows allow for 180-degree views of lakes, canyons and mountains. The train also has a dining room on board that serves up locally-inspired cuisine and complimentary bar service, according to the release. Guests stay at hotels along the way.
How much do Cunard's Rocky Mountaineer packages cost?
The three-night package following the cruise starts at $2,850 per passenger based on double occupancy. The add-on is available on two itineraries from Japan to Alaska – one is 25 days long, while the other is 16 – and four Alaska cruises sailing round-trip from Vancouver. Those sailings are between 10 and 11 nights.
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The four-night train trip on the front end starts at $3,250 per guest based on double occupancy. That option is available on three Alaska sailings between seven and 10 nights, round-trip from Vancouver.
The packages include hotel stays, meals on board and more. Travelers can book via Cunard's website or by calling 1-800-728-6273.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Cruise too short? Cunard guests can now extend Alaska trips by train