Published on : Friday, March 12, 2021
Rocky Mountaineer has decided to extend the inaugural season of its new route in the United States, Rockies to the Red Rocks, by four weeks, and delay the start of its Canadian travel season until June 1. The luxury train company has made the changes to its 2021 travel season in consideration of the continuing travel restrictions and uncertainty of when they will be lifted.
Rockies to the Red Rocks is a two-day train journey between Moab, Utah, and Denver, Colorado, with an overnight stay in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The preview season for the route will begin on August 15 and, with the extension, will run until November 19. With some departure dates nearing capacity, Rocky Mountaineer is adding rail cars to increase the guest capacity on all dates and adding 16 new departure dates to the preview season.
Peter Armstrong, Founder and Interim Chief Executive, Rocky Mountaineer said in a statement that the travel landscape is almost unrecognisable from the past 17 months when the trains were operated, and much uncertainty remains around when the Canadian and provincial governments will lift the travel and health restrictions that make it impossible for the company to welcome guests on board its Canadian routes. He mentioned that the company is hopeful the vaccination programs underway in the United States and Canada will soon be sufficient, so that they can get back to hosting guests for an incredible experience on board the trains.
He mentioned that the company also have high hopes for the preview season of its newest rail route in the south-west USA, Rockies to the Red Rocks. He shared that a strong interest from travellers have been noticed with some high-demand dates nearing capacity, and signs are pointing to a strong United States domestic travel season for the year ahead. He shared that the company appreciates the support and interest for the route after the challenges of the past year and are adding more departure dates for 2021 and adding rail cars to each departure, so it can host even more guests throughout the preview season.