Princess and Brightline Unveil New ‘Rail & Sail’ Programme

Princess Cruises has joined forces with Brightline, the intercity passenger rail that connects travellers to destinations and major events in Central and South Florida, to introduce the innovative Rail & Sail programme

Princess Cruises has joined forces with Brightline, the intercity passenger rail that connects travellers to destinations and major events in Central and South Florida, to introduce the innovative Rail & Sail programme, offering guests swift and hassle-free access to Princess cruise ships departing from two popular Florida homeports – Fort Lauderdale and Port Canaveral (Orlando).  

With Rail & Sail, guests enjoy a seamless journey in luxurious comfort, arriving at port in significantly less time than traditional travel methods.  

The announcement also included the debut of a train with four custom-designed carts adorned with Princess’ iconic Love Boat branding, complete with its signature Seawitch logo and depictions of popular ports of call. Princess’ branding will also be featured within Brightline’s five terminals throughout Florida. 

Also announced was a value-added luggage express service offering guests the ultimate convenience as their bags are checked at their Brightline station and are waiting for them securely in their stateroom upon arrival to the ship.  

Princess guests can also enjoy special discounts of up to 15% when booking Smart and Premium Rail & Sail packages through Brightline’s web site. And for a limited time only, guests who book a Princess cruise through May 5 will receive a Brightline credit of up to $150 per person for its signature Smart and Premium class service based on stateroom type.  

“A Princess cruise is already the best value in travel and this new partnership with Brightline makes it even easier and more enjoyable to sail with us from the top-rated ports in South and Central Florida,” said John Padgett, president of Princess Cruises. “Our guests can just sit back, relax, and let us do the rest, including delivering their luggage directly to their stateroom.” 

“Brightline has been connecting travellers to South Florida ports since we began operations in 2018 and cruisers from the beginning have found our train to be the easiest way to start their vacation,” said Patrick Goddard, president of Brightline. “Today’s partnership with Princess Cruises and this train wrap with the iconic Love Boat branding is yet another example of the connection between cruisers and Brightline.”  

One-of-a-Kind ‘Rail & Sail’ Service  

Princess guests will have access to Brightline’s full schedule of convenient trains departing daily with 16 round-trip transits between Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. Options include:  

·       Southbound from Port Canaveral (Orlando) to Fort Lauderdale (with stops at West Palm Beach and Boca Raton)  

·       Northbound from Fort Lauderdale to Port Canaveral (Orlando), (with stops at Boca Raton and West Palm Beach)  

·       South Florida residents can also take Brightline from its downtown Miami and Aventura terminals with stops in Fort Lauderdale or Port Canaveral (Orlando). 

Princess will also provide guests with complimentary motorcoach service between Brightline’s Orlando and Fort Lauderdale stations and their embarkation terminal.  

Special Discount Offer, Convenient Luggage Express Service  

With the convenient new luggage express service guests can check their bags upon arrival at their Brightline station and their luggage will be automatically delivered to their stateroom, making their cruise experience seamless and hassle-free and saving valuable time and effort. The cost is $35 per bag. Luggage express will be initially available on Port Canaveral-to-Fort Lauderdale trains with plans to add the service to Fort Lauderdale-to- Port Canaveral trains ahead of Caribbean Princess’ arrival and homeport at Port Canaveral in November. 

For a limited time only, Princess guests who book a cruise through May 5 will receive a credit that can be used toward Brightline’s signature Premium and Smart class:    

·       Interior/Oceanview stateroom – $50 per person Brightline credit 

·       Balcony/Deluxe stateroom – $100 per person Brightline credit 

·       Mini-Suite/Suite – $150 per person Brightline credit 

Brightline’s Smart service includes hand-stitched leather seats, complimentary Wi-Fi and multiple power and USB connections at each seat while Premium service adds complimentary snacks and beverages and access to a Premium Lounge.  

A special offer also means that passengers can take 15% off their Brightline fare with the code: PRINCESS15. 

Princess Cruises Sailings from Fort Lauderdale and Port Canaveral 

·       Fort Lauderdale: Princess is one of Port Everglades’ largest cruise operators with seven ships – nearly half its fleet – sailing from Fort Lauderdale. Voyages include week-long getaways to the Caribbean to longer length 10 to 20-night cruises offering guests a chance to explore a host of tropical island destinations, including through the Panama Canal. Fares start from £1299pp for a 16-night Panama Canal Cruise, departing December 3, 2024. Calling at Curacao, Panama Canal Full Transit Historic Locks, Fuerte Amador (for Panama City), Puntarenas (Costa Rica), San Juan del Sur (Nicaragua), Huatulco (Mexico), Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) and Los Angeles (California).  

·       Port Canaveral: Caribbean Princess will inaugurate cruises from Port Canaveral November 27, 2024, with a series of four to 14-night sailings visiting some of the western Caribbean’s most picturesque locales, including Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas, San Juan, Belize, Amber Cove (Dominican Republic) and Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan). The season runs through April 2025. Fares start from £599pp for an 8-night, round trip, Western Caribbean Cruise, departing December 15, 2024. Calling at, Roatan (Mahogany Bay, Honduras), Belize City (Belize), Costa Maya (Mahahual) Mexico and Cozumel (Mexico). 

Additional information on the new Rail & Sail service is available at or