The Blue Train has a maximum of 4 suites per coach. To ensure the ultimate in hospitality, each coach has a professionally trained butler who is on call for guests in each suite to attend to their every need. The butlers are there to ensure that your journey is as memorable and comfortable as possible.
The Train Manager is always also on call. Guests can contact him anytime they require assistance on any matter; or when they require information pertaining to their journey.
Trained first aid personnel are always on board. In the event of emergency, doctors and medical personnel can be contacted at the various stations en-route; or flown in by helicopter. Blue Train – Dining:
The Dining Car:
The dining car caters for 42 guests per sitting. Discerning diners can have the pleasure of the best silver and crystal service where formal dinner attire adds to the grandeur. The Blue Train is equipped with the finest bone china, cut-crystal glasses and classic silver cutlery engraved with the familiar insignia. Dew-fresh flowers add emphasis to the attention to detail. After a spectacular African sunset, the individual lighting on each table gently highlights the beautifully detailed burled wood panelling and original South African artworks.
Food and Wine:
The Blue Train’s own creative team of chefs have created a menu to delight the most discerning palate. Only the freshest ingredients meet The Blue Train standards. A sophisticated, opulent atmosphere, gourmet menu and the finest South African wines sourced from boutique vineyards, make dining on The Blue Train a magnificent experience.
The main meals are served in the dining car and high tea is served each afternoon in the main lounge. During high tea, various snacks are served – these include cucumber sandwiches, dainty cakes, fresh scones and cream and other irresistible delicacies with an assortment of fine teas and coffees. Guests are offered a choice of entrees, soups, fish, meat dishes, desserts, coffee and cheese platters, all beautifully presented. Typically, South African cuisine includes Karoo lamb, kabeljou, Knysna oysters, snoek, crayfish and impala. Also offered is an abundant array of the finest South African fruit and vegetables.
On the Pretoria to Cape Town Route, the first brunch sitting is served from 10h30 to 12h30 and the brunch sitting is served from 12h30 to 14h30. High Tea is from 15h30 to 17h00. The first dinner sitting is at 19h30 and second one at 21h15. Breakfast is served between 7h30 and 10h00 and guests are welcome to drop by at any time within this period. The Durban Journey has different meal times.
In keeping with the classical ambience of the dining car, lunch is a casual affair while dinner is formal with men requested to wear a jacket and tie and lady’s elegant eveningwear. Guests may also wear traditional attire to dinner.
The air-conditioned kitchen on the Blue Train is a masterpiece of design and engineering. The Blue Train can cater to most special pre-booked dietary requests and can also prepare meals with Halaal ingredients. Strictly Halaal or Kosher meals can be pre-ordered from certified suppliers by allowing a notice of two weeks.
The elegant lounge car with its large windows allows for panoramic views of the passing countryside. The Blue Train interior, resplendent with original works of South African art adorning the walls, plush and comfortable couches and bouquets of flame lilies complementing the plush décor, makes the lounge car the ideal setting for sharing an apéritif with fellow guests, an interlude between meals, or after-dinner conversation over coffee. As an added treat, indulge in the English ritual of high tea, served every afternoon at your leisure.
One most of the journeys the Blue Train has attached an Observation Car at the back of the train with large windows offering panoramic views of the passing landscape and the rail tracks. The staff is available to take your beverage and snack orders. The Observation Car can be used as a 22-seater conference facility with laptop computer, overhead projector, video, slide facilities and other modern conference equipment that can cater for various types of meetings and conferences.
The club car has the relaxed atmosphere of a gentlemen’s club, with card tables, a small library and a fully-equipped bar. Guests can watch a short film about the train’s route or enjoy a Cuban cigar and cognac before retiring for the night. You can while away the miles with a game of cards, chess or backgammon or browse through a volume from the library while savouring your beverage of choice from the well-stocked bar. Large windows allow for panoramic views of the passing countryside. Unwind and relax.
De Luxe Suites:
The De Luxe coaches each have four suites that measure 4 by 2 metres. One of these contains a double bed and a ¾ size bath tub with handheld shower, while the others have twin beds with showers. The deluxe suite itself is only slightly smaller than the Luxury Suite. The large window will offer you an opportunity to enjoy the ever-changing vistas of the countryside. Your elegant and relaxing lounge during the day, is transformed into a subtly-lit bedroom during the night, bedecked with goose-down and 100 per cent percale-cotton bedding, from your individually-controlled air-conditioning system, under-floor heating, opulent marble and gold-fitted bathroom, its scented bath salts and plush monogrammed towels, to the electronic entertainment options on offer. A personal butler is at your disposal for the entire duration of the journey. View 360° panoramas of the Blue Train Suites and Lounges
Luxury coaches have three Luxury Suites that each measure 5,13 by 2 metres and give you the option of twin beds or a double bed. On each of the two train sets there are two luxury coaches, with three luxury suites per coach. The bathroom of the Luxury Suite offers a deep, long bath for luxuriant soaking. Your Luxury Suite will enchant you from the moment your personal butler ushers you aboard. It extends the offering from a De Luxe suite even further; by an extra metre of your domain, with twin or double-bedded suites which offer you long and luxurious bath tubs and a private digital interactive entertainment system, with an inviting selection of music CDs and big-screen movies on Blue-Ray DVD. All suites are fitted with WI-FI service that is complimentary to all our guests. Use the telephone system in each suite to dial your butler, at no extra charge, for an apéritif. You can also call family and friends and relay your Blue Train experience at a minimal fee. At night your sitting area is transformed into a restful night-time sanctuary. Goose down duvets and pillows and 100 percent percale cotton bedding envelop you as you drift off after a soothing, scented soak or shower in your marble and gold-appointed bathroom, lulled by the rhythm of the whispering wheels.