Rocky Mountaineer has pushed back the restart of its Canadian operation in 2021 by another month, with a new flagged relaunch date of 5 July. The decision comes a month after the company moved its regular-season start date of mid-April to 1 June.
“In consideration of the continuing travel restrictions and uncertainty of when they will be lifted, Rocky Mountaineer is delaying the start of its Canadian travel season ,” the rail operator confirmed this week.
“We are extremely disappointed to be forced to delay the start of our season, but we remain very optimistic about restarting travel in July,” said Peter Armstrong, founder and interim CEO of Rocky Mountaineer.
“Our team is eagerly working to prepare our trains for operations and we all look forward to getting back to what we do best, which is hosting guests for an incredible experience on board our trains,” Armstrong added.
For guests affected by the delayed start to travel in Canada, Rocky Mountaineer is offering several benefits, including: providing a future travel credit equivalent to 110% of monies paid; holding its 2021 and 2022 rail pricing at 2020 levels; and providing a price guarantee for its vacation packages to ensure travellers can book a similar tour at the same price, even if third-party hotels or tour operators raise their prices.
Rocky Mountaineer is also enabling guests to transfer their booking to the new US route, the Rockies to the Red Rocks, with an added incentive to return to travel on the Canadian routes in the future. The company has added greater flexibility to its bookings, which allows guests to change their departure dates, or people on the booking, up to 30 days ahead of travel, without charge or penalty.
The Rockies to the Red Rocks journey remains on track to debut in mid-August 2021.
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