ANCHORAGE -- Royal Celebrity Tours, the tour division created
earlier this year by Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity
Cruises, is putting a new emphasis on rail excursions to interior
destinations in Alaska.
New custom-built railcars will debut next spring as part of the
cruise line's land-and-sea programs for passengers booked on
Celebrity's 1,870-passenger Mercury or Royal Caribbean's
2,435-passenger Rhapsody of the Seas.
Thirteen land packages from two to six nights will be offered to
places such as Alyeska, Denali, Talkeetna, Anchorage and
The packages provide a mixture of motorcoach and rail
Amenities on the new railcars include reclining seats and
headsets that feature musical and educational programs.
The railcars also will feature an outdoor platform for panoramic
views and a bistro-style restaurant specializing in regional Alaska
Bob Stone, vice president of operations for Royal Celebrity
Tours, said the greatest demand on land is "along the railroad,
with the Native Heritage Cultural Center in Anchorage, Mount
McKinley in Denali National Park and gold rush history in
"We can provide a great tour through these areas from the
train," Stone added.
Land packages, meanwhile, run the gamut from relaxing to
In Denali, tour options include whitewater rafting; helicopter
tours, and dinner and a show at the Denali Dinner Theater.
In Talkeetna, guests can opt for a flightseeing tour over Mount
McKinley or a trout-fishing excursion.
Passengers can choose to go hiking in Alyeska or visit the
famous Iditarod dogsled headquarters on the road from Denali to
For additional information or to make reservations, call
Celebrity Cruises at (800) 437-3111 or Royal Caribbean at (800)