The North Coast Daylight - 23 April 2018

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We all need a break from our normal routine every now and then so here’s our 5-night recipe for some fun and adventure by rail and sea.  It’s our exclusive, fully hosted trip by heritage train from Brisbane to Sydney and back by cruise ship - an exciting, autumn escapade in April, 2018, you won’t find anywhere else.


From Brisbane, our privately chartered 621/721 Rail Motor will take us on a relaxing, two-day journey south to Sydney. Built in 1962 to serve the Hunter region of NSW, the train offers windows that can be opened for fresh air and clear views of the passing countryside.  We stop in Grafton for lunch and enjoy an overnight stay with dinner by the seaside in beautiful Port Macquarie. Next day, we reboard our train, with morning tea in Taree and an extended stop in the charming, old dairy and timber town of Dungog where we’ll have lunch at the historic James Theatre, which celebrates its centenary in 2018 as the oldest cinema still operating in Australia. We also stop at Paterson, the home of the Rail Motor Society, to explore other heritage rail motors before arriving in Sydney early this evening for a 2-night stay at the beautifully restored, art-déco styled Grace Hotel, built in the 1920s. 

You'll be in Sydney for Anzac Day and your hotel is very close to Martin Place should you wish to join the dawn service. You are also close to Elizabeth Street where the annual Anzac Day march is held.

Enjoy an afternoon cruise on Sydney Harbour aboard the 1874-built, tall ship James Craig as well as an afternoon free for you to explore Australia’s biggest city.

On day four, we head to Circular Quay to board the 2000-passenger Princess Cruises ship, Sun Princess, for a spectacular harbour sail out and a leisurely, 2-night cruise back north to Brisbane. There’s time to enjoy the ship’s gourmet restaurants including Curtis Stones' 'SHARE', dazzling shows, deluxe lounges and bars, sparkling pools and spas and inviting deck chairs before we arrive back in Brisbane, rejuvenated.


Relive the glamorous golden era of travel on this unique and historic, 2,000 kilometre round-trip by sea and rail. You will be escorted by Cruise Express Tour Managers who will look after all the details. All you’ll need to do is enjoy this remarkable adventure, make new friends and have fun. All aboard!



Departs 23 April 2018 - 5 nights


  Daylight service from Brisbane Roma Street Station to Sydney Central Station aboard the heritage 621/721 Rail Motor including morning and afternoon teas, lunch and light refreshments

  1 night Port Macquarie accommodation at the Waters Edge Motel (or similar) with breakfast

  Dinner at a local restaurant in Port Macquarie

  2 nights Sydney accommodation at the Grace Hotel (or similar) including breakfast daily

  Anzac Day in Sydney

  Afternoon harbour cruise on the heritage tall ship James Craig

  2 night voyage on Sun Princess including all meals, entertainment and gratuities 

  Welcome aboard get together

  Group transfers in Port Macquarie and Sydney

  Services of professional Cruise Express Tour Managers








Inside Cabin 
Approximately 14.6 to 15 sq. m. 

from: $1,990* per person twin share
from: $2,590* per person sole occupancy


Oceanview Cabin  
 Approximately 13.5  to 19.1 sq. m. 


from: $2,190* per person twin share

from: $2,990* per person sole occupancy


Balcony Cabin 
 Approximately 19.8 to 20.6 sq. m. including balcony


from: $2,290* per person twin share
from: $3,090* per person sole occupancy

Stateroom & Suite images are representative only. Some rooms in the same 
category may have different furniture configurations and/or facilities.

*All fares are based on a BRISBANE departure.


621 / 721 Rail Motor

New South Wales Government Railways embarked on a program of passenger fleet modernisation placing an order for five 2 car sets in 1960 to displace steam hauled suburban services in Newcastle. After trials, class leader set 621/721 was delivered to Newcastle on 21 August 1961. 621/721 operated in its intended role serving the people of the Hunter region for over 45 years only straying away for brief periods of maintenance in Sydney. During its career it performed thousands of runs to destinations including Telarah, Dungog, Scone, Cessnock, Gosford, Taree and Sandgate Cemetery.


621 was rostered to perform the last regular 620/720 service to Dungog mismatched with car 725 in June 2007 whilst a special RailCorp run to Paterson officially farewelling the sets with invited guests on October 29 of the same year saw it reunited with trailer 721. After a period of storage at Broadmeadow 621/721 was nominated as RailCorp core collection heritage units and allocated to The Rail Motor Society under a custodial agreement. 621/721 now enjoys the next chapter of its service career in preservation at Paterson running heritage tours in the local area and further afield.

Built: 1961   Builder: Chullora Railway Workshops    Formation: 1 power car NPF621, 1 trailer car NTC721    

Entered Service: 1962   Last Revenue Service: 2007    Entered Heritage Service: 2010    Passengers: 94    Crew: 8    

Car Length: 18.67m    Car Width: 2.97m    Maximum speed: 115 km/h    Track Gauge: Standard


Sun Princess

Escape completely onboard Sun Princess. Pamper yourself with a calming massage in the Lotus Spa® or de-stress as Serenity stewards offer you refreshing beverages and light snacks in The Sanctuary®.  Providing you with a wide array of restful venues onboard, including the Piazza and Movies Under the Stars®, Sun Princess is truly a relaxed, rejuvenating retreat at sea.

Registry: Hamilton - Bermuda 
    Built: 1995     Builder: Fincantieri, Italy     Gross tonnage: 77,441 grt

Passengers: 2,010    Crew: 924    Length: 261.3m    Beam: 32.2m    Speed: 22.4 knots



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A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is due at the time of reservation. 

*Offer is not combinable with other promotions, is capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice.  All fares are subject to the terms and conditions as set out by Cruise Express and its suppliers which may be obtained at the time of confirmation. All fares and inclusions may be withdrawn at any timeCruise 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. All timings are subject to change. Heritage rail equipment is subject to change. This tour is subject to minimum numbers being achieved, please ask your Travel Specialist for details. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance.

Please note:

The 621/721 Rail Motor is not equipped with modern facilities to readily accommodate disabled, mobility impared or wheelchair bound passengers. At some destinations platforms may not be fitted with ramps or lifts for passengers with limited mobility to exit, while others may have a large step down from the train to platform level. Regrettably we are unable to accommodate wheelchairs or other mobility equipment. Due to the limited space available aboard the 621/721 Rail Motor, luggage will be restricted in size and amount. Please speak to your Travel Specialist for further details. All heritage equipment and train timetables are subject to change. 

There is no charge for direct deposits or payment by cheque. Credit card payments incur the following fees: 1.2% Visa & Mastercard / 3% Diners Club & American Express.



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