Royal Celebrity Tours 1003
Ft. Lupton, CO. Jan., 2002. Photo by Mike McGowen.
Level Full-use Dome Coach
feet, 1 inch
Celebrity Tours (RCIX) 1003
The combined efforts of cruise lines Royal Carribean and Celebrity Cruises
created Royal Celebrity Tours, the company which handles all of the
Alaskan shore excursions for both companies. As a part of that mission,
Royal Celebrity Tours introduced two ultradome-type cars in 2001
for their Wilderness Express service, then followed with a second order
for two cars the following year. The cars were designed to be completely
self contained, and feature a small observation platform, a kitchen,
dining room, and of course the requesite top level seating.
sought to distinguish itself by creating the tallest domes that had
been built to that date. Whereas previous domes for rival Princess Tours
stood 17 feet, six inches tall, the Wilderness Express cars are 18 feet,
one inch tall, with the difference split between the two floors.
Express cars are also luxuriously appointed with plush rotatable seating,
and individual sound systems. Under their operating agreement with the
Alaska Railroad, the Wilderness Express cars are the first cars behind
the regular revenue cars on the ARR's train between Anchorage and Fairbanks.
Trains typically feature one or two cars.
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