Luxury, tourist and cruise train news

News about luxury, tourist and cruise trains around the world.

  • A memorandum of understanding for the luxury train project has been signed by Arsenale, UTY and Uzbekistan's Tourism Committee.
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    Luxury cruise train to link Uzbekistan’s Silk Road cities

    2023-10-18T09:22:00Z

    UZBEKISTAN: Italian luxury hospitality company Arsenale has announced plans to launch a luxury cruise train to take tourists between Toshkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva from late 2026. A memorandum of understanding for the project was signed with national railway UTY and the government’s Tourism Committee in ...

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    Retro-styled open-sided coaches developed for tourist trains

    2023-10-03T05:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: Vagonremmash has developed a range of retro-styled open-sided coaches for use on tourist and cruise trains. They have a capacity of 80 passengers, with heated benches, power sockets and bicycle spaces. Over summer the coaches were used on the steam-hauled Ruskeala ...

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    Suspended monorail with glass floor opens in China

    2023-10-02T05:00:00Z

    CHINA: The Optics Valley Skyrail suspended monorail has opened in Wuhan, with glass-floored vehicles giving passengers a view downwards as well as sideways. The 10·5 km first phase of the line, which is primarily aimed at tourists, runs from Jiufengshan in Jiufeng National Forest Park to Longquanshan. ...

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    Panoramic coaches added to Kyrgyz trains

    2023-08-31T05:00:00Z

    KYRGYZSTAN: A second panoramic tourist coach has entered service on the 200 km route between Bishkek and Balykchy on the shore of the Ysyk-Köl lake.

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    Comment: Trains on the tourist trail

    2023-08-30T12:46:00Z

    As summer moves into autumn in the northern hemisphere, a debate is beginning over the future of tourism, catalysed in part by the searing heatwaves and wildfires that have been sweeping across much of the planet. 

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    Italian luxury and tourist train business launched

    2023-08-08T05:00:00Z

    ITALY: National operator FS Group has established FS Treni Turistici Italiani to provide luxury and tourist-focused train services. These will position rail travel ’as an integral part of the holiday, a quality component of the overall tourist experience’. FS Treni Turistici Italiani has three service areas: ...

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    UAE luxury cruise train service planned

    2023-05-22T10:00:00Z

    UAE: Etihad Rail and Italian luxury hospitality company Arsenale have signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of a luxury cruise train, which would operate in UAE and potentially in Oman and across the Gulf Co-operation Council countries as the region’s rail network expands. The ...

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    Knorr-Bremse to equip La Dolce Vita luxury trains

    2023-03-25T05:00:00Z

    ITALY: Arsenale Express has awarded Knorr-Bremse a contract to supply braking, climate control, door and sanitary systems for two rakes of 11 coaches which are being modernised for use on La Dolce Vita luxury ‘slow travel’ services La Dolce Vita is being developed by luxury travel ...

  • A memorandum of understanding for the Dream of the Desert luxury train project was signed at the Saudi Tourism Forum in Riyadh.
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    Dream of the Desert cruise train planned for Saudi Arabia

    2023-03-17T16:39:00Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: A Dream of the Desert five-star luxury cruise train service on the North South Railway from Riyadh to Al Qurayyat on the border with Jordan is planned to launch in 2025. A memorandum of understanding for the project was signed at the Saudi ...

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    Rockies to the Red Rocks luxury train launched

    2021-08-21T05:00:00Z

    USA: Luxury tourist train operator Rocky Mountaineer has launched its Rockies to the Red Rocks route, offering a two-day journey between Denver in Colorado and Moab in Utah with an overnight stay in Glenwood Springs.

  • Luxury train operator Rocky Mountaineer has announced plans to launch a two-day ‘Rockies to the Red Rocks’ rail journey between Denver in Colorado and Moab in Utah
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    Rocky Mountaineer announces ‘Rockies to the Red Rocks’ luxury train

    2020-11-20T16:33:00Z

    USA: Luxury train operator Rocky Mountaineer has announced plans to launch a two-day ‘Rockies to the Red Rocks’ rail journey between Denver in Colorado and Moab in Utah during 2021. Passengers would stay overnight at a hotel in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The new service will be in ...

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    Coast-to-coast cruise train crosses Africa

    2019-08-07T12:37:29Z

    INTERNATIONAL: On August 2 a passenger train set out on the return leg of a coast-to-coast trip across Africa. Departing from the port of Lobito on Angola’s Atlantic coast and bound for the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean, the train had arrived in Lobito on ...

  • The first four of 10 custom-designed Stadler double-deck dome cars are to enter service with Rocky Mountaineer shortly.
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    Rocky Mountaineer expands dome car fleet

    2019-04-26T11:15:00Z

    CANADA: The first four of 10 custom-designed double-deck dome cars which high-end tourist train operator Rocky Mountaineer has ordered from Stadler are expected to enter service shortly, operating from Vancouver to Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff during the 2019 tourist season. Rocky Mountaineer said the order placed in May ...

  • VMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Belmond
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    LVMH buys luxury train operator

    2018-12-18T10:14:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: High-end wine, fashion, cosmetics, hotel and retail group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Belmond, which owns or manages 46 hotel, restaurant, train and cruise brands including the Venice-Simplon Orient Express, British Pullman, Royal Scotsman, Grand Hibernian, Andean Explorer, Hiram Bingham and ...

  • SNCF and AccorHotels have signed an agreement to exploit the Orient Express brand (Photo: SNCF/Lola Hakimian).
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    SNCF and AccorHotels to develop the Orient Express brand

    2017-10-05T12:31:19Z

    FRANCE: An agreement to exploit the SNCF-owned Orient Express brand within the global luxury hospitality sector was signed by the French national railway and AccorHotels on October 4. AccorHotels plans to develop a chain of hotels under the Orient Express name, and is to acquire a 50% stake in ...

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    Belmond Andean Explorer launched

    2017-05-16T10:47:21Z

    PERU: Hotel and cruise train operator Belmond launched what it describes as ‘South America’s first luxury sleeper train’ on May 4. Operating on the PeruRail network between Cusco and Arequipa, the Belmond Andean Explorer offers a two-night journey through ‘some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world’, its large ...

  • West Japan Railway's Twilight Express Mizukaze luxury cruise train (Photo: Akihiro Nakamura).
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    Twilight Express Mizukaze to launch next month

    2017-05-13T06:00:00Z

    JAPAN: West Japan Railway is to launch the Twilight Express Mizukaze (fresh breeze) luxury cruise train in June, adopting a similar concept to JR East’s Train Suite Shiki-Shima. With five one night or two-night itineraries, the luxury 10-car train will give up to 30 passengers the opportunity to travel to ...

  • Passengers board the champagne-liveried Train Suite Shiki-Shima via the lounge car where the windows are designed to resemble trees in a forest  (Photo: Akihiro Nakamura).
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    Shiki-Shima luxury cruise train launches

    2017-05-04T15:05:32Z

    JAPAN: East Japan Railway welcomed the first passengers aboard the Train Suite Shiki-Shima (Island of Four Seasons) luxury cruise train for a tour of eastern and northern Japan starting on May 1. Passengers board the champagne-liveried 10-car train via the lounge car where the windows are designed to resemble trees ...

  • The Train Suite Shiki-Shima crosses the Tamagawa bridge on the Chuo line in Tokyo during a test run on December 10 (Photo: Kazumiki Miura).
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    Shiki-Shima luxury cruise train on test

    2016-12-25T06:00:00Z

    JAPAN: East Japan Railway is testing a luxury cruise train ahead of its planned launch on May 1. Known as the Train Suite Shiki-Shima (Island of Four Seasons), and bearing the designation Series E001, the 10-car set has an observation car at each end offering passengers unobstructed panoramic views. Three ...

  • The Belmond Grand Hibernian is to be launched on August 30.
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    Belmond Grand Hibernian refurbishment completed

    2016-08-04T14:39:00Z

    IRELAND: Luxury hotel and cruise operator Belmond is to launch its seventh train on August 30, having taken delivery of 10 former Iarnród Éireann MkIII coaches which have been refurbished to form a ‘country house on wheels’ which will offer two, four and six-night tours. The refurbishment was undertaken in ...