Media Release – October 22, 2018

Unique new heritage rail and sail tour from Melbourne to Sydney and back

featuring the famous Spirit of Progress

Travellers who value the journey as much as the destination can join a new cruise and heritage rail tour from Melbourne to Sydney and back featuring Australia’s famous, former express train, the Spirit of Progress, and also the 621/721 rail motor.

Ideal for rail and cruise lovers, this unique, six-day ‘Capitol Limited’ tour in April 2019, will see guests travel aboard the two restored trains from Melbourne to Sydney and return by cruise ship.

Hosted by Cruise Express, the short break begins in Melbourne on 5 April 2019, with a relaxing, three-night cruise to Sydney aboard Princess Cruises’ 17-deck Golden Princess. The 2,600-passenger ship boasts nine restaurants and cafes, four pools, nine jacuzzis, a 750-seat theatre and a lounge and nightclub suspended spectacularly above the stern of the ship. Golden Princess also offers Broadway-style stage shows, poolside movies, a huge spa sanctuary and wrap-around Promenade Deck that allows passengers to walk to the tip of the bow.

In Sydney, guests will spend a night at Sydney’s historic, art deco-styled Grace Hotel that dates back to 1930 when it was the headquarters for the department store chain, Grace Brothers.

It’s then all aboard the heritage rail motor, 621/721, for a leisurely and nostalgic journey from Sydney to Albury, with lunch and dinner stops along the way. The rail motor, built in 1962, features windows that open, allowing you to take in the everchanging scenery. During the trip, guests can visit the driver’s cab to see how the train operates.

After a night in the new-look and uber-modern Atura Hotel in Albury, passengers will ride the iconic Spirit of Progress train for the final leg back to Melbourne. The former express train served the Melbourne-Sydney route from 1937 to 1986. Heritage locomotives will haul the original carriages including the compartment, kiosk and parlor cars, with morning tea served onboard.

Exclusive to Cruise Express, the five-night Capitol Limited tour from Melbourne is available from $2,190 per person, twin-share.

Call Cruise Express on 1300 766 537 or visit

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