- Jul 7, 2020
I agree completely. I missed the part about not being given a choice of times. For example, if I wanted my meal at 5:00 and was told I’d get a bag with dinner thrown at me at, say, 8:45, I’d be annoyed, too!I appreciate that, which is why Amtrak should offer a choice.
Officially Amtrak does offers a choice ranging from 5pm to roughly 9pm. However, as is true with Amtrak all around, what a specific Amtrak OBS person will do appears to be a matter between him/her and his/her maker with sometimes a very tenuous link to Amtrak's official policy. Lack of consistency is one of major shortcomings of Amtrak services.I appreciate that, which is why Amtrak should offer a choice.
That said, the overwhelming majority of people who live in a large urban area have their dinner later than 5:00 PM.
I don’t know if anyone else noticed but he published a follow up amended article about the trip and some of the negative points were toned down a bit. I wonder if his publisher asked him to tone it down a bit. This is the second version;
I took a 19-hour overnight Amtrak train for the first time. Here are 14 things that surprised me about the long-haul journey.An Insider reporter was surprised to find that he could book a private room with a small bathroom on an overnight Amtrak train.www.insider.com
I noticed on Sunday. The difference is hilarious.It's not updated on the original Yahoo link posted, but it's originally from Insider anyway: looks like someone got to the author and they rewrote the article in a much more positive tone: I took a 19-hour overnight Amtrak train for the first time. Here are 14 things that surprised me about the long-haul journey.
Since he said, "For dinner, I ordered pasta with chicken and veggies, a small salad, and a roll." - my guess would be he also "ordered" the 5 PM meal without realizing it.You honestly believe that it’s a good idea for Amtrak employees to force passengers to take their dinner at 5:00 pm?
Considering the garbage flex food they "force" the passengers to eat, it is a minor, minor issue. We normally eat at 6:30-7PM but I've eaten dinner at times between 4:30PM and 9PM while traveling using planes and trains. And remember, your 5PM may not be the train's 5PM so flexibility in eating is not all that difficult to endure, given that the food is not difficult to endure.You honestly believe that it’s a good idea for Amtrak employees to force passengers to take their dinner at 5:00 pm?
Interesting take.Considering the garbage flex food they "force" the passengers to eat, it is a minor, minor issue.
Then Amtrak should be able to find a former one pretty easily and at a reasonable salary. Especially since these days, those jobs are few and far between and there are probably a lot of laid off people who used to do a bang-up job at it in the days when guest experience, customer satisfaction and prompt service existed.Except Disney doesn't focus on guest experience anymore; they focus on cutting costs.
Hope springs eternalGood news for those of us who dislike the flex meals... a version of the new western menus may be coming to Eastern trains, according to Trains Magazine June 15, 2021 article. Amtrak does understand the underwhelming disdain for those 'puddle on a plate' casserole style meals... and will be starting to made changes late this year and early next year. According to the article, it will be a smaller menu than in the west... but the quality will be much better. So hang in there and enjoy the ride.
Amtrak plans to offer dining-car service to coach passengers, return traditional meals to eastern trains - TrainsCHICAGO — Amtrak plans to again offer dining car meals to coach passengers, and to again offer meals prepared onboard on its eastern overnight trains, as part of coming enhancements to its long-distance operations. Dates and details for the roll-out of those changes are still to come, says...www.trains.com
"Pulling up to the campground, I instantly knew all my preconceived notions were about to be proved wrong." I think this happens to this guy A LOT. He didn't google the location of the campground. He didn't check the rates beforehand. It doesn't sound like he talked to ANYONE with previous experience. He was surprised at how few campgrounds in the northeast are open in JANUARY. Someone should have directed him to a state park or a National Forest campground. Much more primitive, but much more beautiful and unplowed under several feet of snow... (I don't know of any national Parks with camping closer to NYC than the Cape Cod National Seashore or Acadia, both of which are definitely closed, except perhaps to primitive backcountry camping, in the winter. Backcountry camping is where you carry all your gear for several miles into the woods to reach your campsite. You need a permit and have to pay fees and there is no WiFi.)I read his piece on camping.
I stayed at a campground for the first time in a camper van during the off-season, and I didn't think it was worth the priceAn Insider reporter stayed at a campground just outside of Philadelphia in January and found it largely empty.www.insider.com
Not quite sure why anyone would want to camp in the northeast off season at a KOA. I go camping some but KOAs are known to be expensive although they do offer amenities like playgrounds and pools in season. Going camping off season is a bit like going to a sports stadium offseason--not a lot of folks around and not much going on. Camping in season at national and state parks can be very enjoyable with much to do and see. Plus, there would have been other people for him to see and talk with if he so desired. To me, this article on camping reads like "I rented an RV to see how much fun it can be and went to Death Valley in July."
Not so sure he was "completely in the right here" since some of the statements in his report do not match. In one place he indicates the diner just showed up while in another he says he ordered the food. When ordering your food isn't the time you want to eat is usually part of that ordering process. So, if the "default" time is 5 PM and he did, in fact, order the diner and didn't bother to change the default time (or didn't notice he was to select a time) that is not the fault of the person who brought the food at the "ordered time"His dinner time is his choice, and flex dining was supposed to allow for different times for different folks. He was completely in the right here.