Operator Entices the Adventurous With World Cruise

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Uncommon Journeys, a tour operator here, is enticing world travelers with a unique trip that takes passengers around the world via a luxury train and then aboard Cunard's QE2.

The firm also is trying to entice agents to book the adventure by paying a 13% commission.

The tour begins in the passengers' hometown with a private rail transfer to Los Angeles via the historical Houston, a luxurious railway car.

The Houston features a Presidential Suite, formal dining room and an open-air observation lounge.

Prior to departure, at most major U.S. cities served by Amtrak, guests are able to entertain family and friends aboard the Houston at no additional charge.

All meals, wines and spirits are included as well as morning coffee and seven-course dinners at night.

Upon arrival in Los Angeles, guests will stay at the Peninsula Hotel, located in Beverly Hills.

Guests stay in suite accommodations for two nights and receive limousine transfers from the train and then to the QE2 on the day of the sailing.

Aboard the QE2, guests stay in a Princess or Queens Grill suite that features ocean views, bathrooms with tubs and showers, walk-in closets and sitting areas.

The 91-night sailing departs from Los Angeles for New York and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., crossing the Pacific Ocean first.

Ports of call include Fiji; the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland, Australia; Hong Kong; Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Bangkok, Thailand; Cape Town, South Africa; St. Helena, an island in the South Atlantic Ocean, and Madeira, an island off the coast of Morocco.

Complete fares begin at $55,000 per person, double, taking into consideration a 20% discount if booked and paid for by Aug. 1.

Guests also receive a $2,000 on-board credit per cabin.

To book, call (800) 323-5893; fax (510) 933-1187.

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