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    New Rehabilitated Superliners unveiled

    Perhaps but I have not heard a peep out of Amtrak regarding a new fleet. And how can the existing equipment be made tolerable without some mechanical work? A new cushion and a paint job will be little comfort when the AC doesn't work. I'd rather apply that $80,000 to fixing the mechanics. My...
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    New Rehabilitated Superliners unveiled

    It's an indication that they aren't going to be replacing the Superliners any time soon - a shame to miss out on all the federal money circulating.
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    New Rehabilitated Superliners unveiled

    No mechanical improvements? Same poor AC?
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    Viewliner II Part 4: Sleeping Car Production, Delivery, Speculation

    Yes there are sinks and toilets in the original Viewliner but they've eliminated toilets in the new Viewliner -- My question is whether the sinks have also been eliminated. I don't believe so but Amtrak reservations people say they have neither toilet nor sink ! Is that correct?
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    Viewliner II Part 4: Sleeping Car Production, Delivery, Speculation

    Could someone clarify something: Do the new Viewliner Roomettes have a sink? I know they don't have toilets. An Amtrak reservations rep told me there are no sinks. I thought I had seen a video of a new Viewliner with a sink.
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    Amtrak Dining

    I doubt that Cunard will allow crowded elevators nowadays. Regarding tips, Cunard automatically add a gratuity to your bill which you can have removed if you want. By adding the gratuity everyone gets something. That includes the people who work in the laundry and behind the scenes. Without...
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    Amtrak Dining

    It will be interesting to see the passenger response. Amtrak will need a clear policy. If not, employees will make up their own rules and I can foresee the sort of aggressive behavior by some passengers that we are seeing on the airlines. Will dining-car personnel squeeze strangers into the...
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    Amtrak Dining

    Was your Cunard trip pre pandemic? My understanding is that they are just resuming operations. Their website speaks of social distancing at meals. Everyone is NOT going to take the vaccine. The US is going to give unused vaccines to foreign countries because there aren't enough US takers...
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    Amtrak Dining

    Without any social distancing? Have the rules been established?
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    Amtrak Dining

    Air travel presents risks. That's obvious. Of course for international flights a PCR test is required. That is not the case on Amtrak. There are ways of reducing risks. One is social distancing in the dining-car. This option is not possible in the air but it is on Amtrak - and room service...
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    Amtrak Dining

    It looks horrific!
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    Amtrak Dining

    There are 2,620 passengers on the Queen Mary (19 decks) which I believe is quite low compared to most ships. Anyway my point is that it really makes no difference whether there are 2,620 (there won't be as they are limiting the number of passengers they accept) or whether there are sixty in a...
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    Amtrak Dining

    Other transportation companies are cognizant of current health issues. Let me cite the current Cunard Line policy for its ships. The point is that some adjustments need to be made because of the pandemic: "Solo travellers who do not wish to dine independently will have the option to dine with...
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    Amtrak Dining

    So what is your point? Take no precuations?
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