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    Inconsistent Service: A bigger problem than the food?

    Some people are really only interested when actually soon-to-be traveling on the train. I am that way with Cruise Critic as there is no reason to post there for me as I am only interested in info on the specific stops we are going to make or in meeting and discussing with those on my ship. At...
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    Best Chicago-Florida Route?

    Interesting that Amtrak is pushing for replacing the LD sleeper trains with city pairs only to have them need state funding which is likely to fail even in normal times, much less in reduced state income/increased state expense times. Methinks the city pair concept is set up for failure. I...
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    Amtrak Service Reductions

    Does it offer you alternate days? If not, they need to have their heads examined.
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    Inconsistent Service: A bigger problem than the food?

    I don't think it's a matter of writing the standards (and as you pointed out, that has been done) but ENFORCING them. The only way to enforce them is to know if they are being followed or not. That means management on the trains either full time or randomly. But management doesn't ride the LD...
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    Cruise ship discussion

    Lighten up. We had reserved one trip but canceled it. That was about 10 years ago. I carefully looked into it at the time because we had picked the QM2 precisely because it was a short return (after a two week outgoing trip on Celebrity and 2 weeks in Scotland visiting friends). We love to dance...
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    Cruise ship discussion

    Modern ships have built-in stabilizers to minimize the rolling and the seasickness. Given that, some people still get seasick and, if the waves are high, even I have felt queasy. My wife was worried about cruises so our first trip was a short one to the Bahamas out of Charleston. After that we...
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    They can't fit tanks, fighters or warships in those auto carriers.
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    My son used to take the Crescent from ATL to NYP because he left in the evening after a full work day, could actually get work done on the trip, have a night's rest but be in NY in time for some afternoon then next morning meetings with an afternoon return with opportunity to relax while getting...
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    Cruise ship discussion

    Correct. That's why I didn't link it with cruise ships. It doesn't cruise. Basically, it's like the old fashioned transportation in the days before transatlantic air service. Mostly, it does straight port to/from port from one port in a country without intermediate stops in as short a reasonable...
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    So better to make them drink and drive all the way from Southern California? Not likely the reason. In fact, Las Vegas without a car is like NYC with one. We were there last December and it was too hot to go even from one casino to another without a car - and we don't gamble! We looked for an...
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    It is my understanding LD trains are allocated costs from the NEC for their use of it. That would include station, electric engine cost, personnel, etc. Do you have other information that none of the costs or only a fair share of them are allocated to LD for use of these? No, correct. Sure...
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    The beginning of a smart idea to take advantages of trains over the alternate transportation alternatives of bus, plane, and self-drive.
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    freezers in roomettes?

    How to Use Dry Ice in a Cooler Did you follow the suggestions of this site (or one similar) to extend the life of the dry ice? Or use ice packs as filler? How long a train trip do you anticipate? Would you be able to make it with a cooler big enough to carry? Would you be able to use the...
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    And the cause of these "facts"? Amtrak decides how much of a station's/maintenance/personnel/etc costs to allocate to each train. There have been lots of complaints that this allocation discriminates against the LD by over-allocating costs to those trains. Amtrak apparently is not very open on...
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    Connection Guarantees with Tri-Weekly Service?

    Not only can I fit a tent in my backpack, I can fit an A/C unit, Microwave oven and a generator for all of them as well as my other amenities (TV, fridge, electric water heater, etc). :)
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    freezers in roomettes?

    Per Koolatron, all their 12V coolers are thermoelectric. That means no compressor. And those numbers you quoted for power consumption are for a thermoelectric cooler. Can you provide us with model number?
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    You have left out a significant group - those that want/need to go to another city but not "cross country". I would not consider Greenville, SC to Birmingham to be cross country, e.g. It is not a scenic ride It is served by both bus and airlines but neither is convenient or fast because there...
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    Connection Guarantees with Tri-Weekly Service?

    So you're the guy my wife saw running around with only a raincoat and showing what's inside to everyone. Now she wants me to get one!
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    freezers in roomettes?

    You probably qualify for the handicap room. Just get a letter from your doctor. More room, private bath, priced low like roomette. You have to call for reservation as you are not mobility handicapped. I had no trouble. Read Amtrak rules on what info you have to provide but I was never asked to...
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    Flexible dining - Requesting a review from a recent rider

    Fruits can be individually packaged as can fresh fruit cocktail. Everything today is blamed on Covid.
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