The Spirit and the Princess rail and sail March 2021 Sapphire Princess

Cruise Express

Australian owned and operated

The Spirit & the Princess

Departs 22 March 2021 - 7 days

from $2,290* pp twin | $2,990* solo

On 17 November 1937, at Spencer Street Station in Melbourne, Premier Albert Dunstan took a special gold key and opened the door of a brand new world-class train – the ‘Spirit of Progress’. Launched in a blaze of publicity the all steel train ushered in unheard of levels of comfort on the express run from Melbourne to Albury.

In April 1962 the NSW standard gauge line was extended into Victoria which allowed the Spirit of Progress to travel all the way from Melbourne to Sydney. The train ran nightly in each direction. By the mid 1980’s, with the development of better roads and cheaper airfares, the overnight express trains had become obsolete. The ‘Spirit’ ran her last runs in August 1986 and never returned to NSW.

33 years later you have the chance to join the Spirit of Progress on her historic inaugural southbound journey – ‘The Spirit and the Princess’. Departing Sydney Terminal you’ll settle back in one of the original compartment seating cars. You might also like to visit the Parlor Car for a drink with friends as the countryside rolls by on the way to Junee for lunch at the historic Station Café before arriving at Albury for your overnight stay.

On 4 April 2020 the Spirit of Progress leaves Albury for her exciting and historic express run to Melbourne. Two nights are included at the glamorous Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, with a gala dinner to celebrate the return of the ‘Spirit’. There’s an entire day to explore Melbourne as you wish before transferring to embark Sapphire Princess for a relaxing three night cruise back to Sydney via Eden. We invite you to be part of history – all aboard.


Inaugural southbound departure

Be part of history

  • Daylight service from Sydney Terminal to Albury aboard the ‘Spirit of Progress’ including refreshments
  • Lunch at the Junee Railway Station Café
  • 1 night Albury accommodation with welcome drinks and breakfast
  • Daylight service from Albury to Melbourne aboard the ‘Spirit of Progress’ including refreshments
  • 2 nights Melbourne accommodation at the Savoy on Little Collins (or similar) including breakfast daily
  • Gala dinner at your hotel
  • 3 night cruise aboard Sapphire Princess from Melbourne to Sydney via Eden, including all main meals, entertainment and gratuities
  • Farewell drinks party
  • Group transfers in Albury and Melbourne
  • Professional Cruise Express Tour Managers


from $2,290* pp twin
from $2,990* solo

Compartment seat – up to 6 guests per compartment

from $2,390* pp twin
from $3,190* solo

Compartment seat – up to 6 guests per compartment
Stateroom may have an obstructed or fully obstructed view

from $2,490* pp twin
from $3,390* solo

Compartment seat – up to 6 guests per compartment

from $2,590* pp twin
from $3,590* solo

Compartment seat – up to 6 guests per compartment

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*A deposit of $250.00 per person is required at time of booking. Final payment is due by Friday 31 January 2021. Fares may not combinable with other promotions, are capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. All offers are subject to availability. Offer is not transferable, not redeemable for cash and may not be combinable with other select offers or other onboard credits. All fares are subject to the terms and conditions as set out by Cruise Express which are located by link above. All fares and inclusions may be withdrawn at any time. Cruise Express reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions, and to cancel any product or service offered in the event of such error or omission. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance at the time of paying your deposit.

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