Alitalia777 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 495 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1209 times:
I will be traveling on Amtraks Lakeshore Limited in a few days and I was wondering if I should pay $16 to upgrade from coach to business class. The trip is 5 hours long. Is it worth it? Can anyone tell me about the seats and service in these two classes? Thanks, and looking forward to your responses.
N317AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1191 times:
I'll bet if you went to railpictures.net you would find people with a wealth of info. Also if you go to amtrak.com and schedule a trip, it will come up with a list of room options. Click on each one and it will describe and has a couple of pics of each. On the coast starlight, I think to go fropm a seat to a room was an extra $172.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1192 times:
Pay the $16 now. Go business class. Seats are better. More room. Quiet car if you want it.
As for the Coast Starlight - getting a room is an absolute must! Meals are them complimentary as is access to the Pacific Parlour Car where there is always something to eat or drink . . . Wine Tasting in the afternoon, brunch during the day. Plus club seating in the Parlour Car. It's the best damn train Amtrak has. . . .
57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1160 times:
Myself I have not ridden the Lake Shore Limited as all of my Amtrak trips were southern route transcon or east coast. My understanding from what I've heard from others who have ridden the LSL is that compared to most other Amtrak services, its's at par or slightly below. Of course, "business" class has a few more amenties than coach. True first class is via private car service. I may take a long haul trip that way with some of my railroader friends from back east someday. I can't think of a better way to travel than riding on your own private car, complete with chef, steward/porter and usually the best view on the train. Amtrak's lounges have decent stock and good employees but the appearance and furnishings are laughable at best. Only reason I patronized the Crescent's lounge on my last trips was because the clowns in the dining car had no clue as to what they were doing. I've worked passenger trains as conductor for ten years and never saw worse service or attitudes. That experiance certainly wasn't worth the fare.
"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1142 times:
20 years ago, my parents, grandmother, and I paid $269 each for a 6000 mile Amtrak vacation of the central and western USA. It was a four week trip: MSP-SPK-PDX-OAK-LAX-LAS-SLC-DEN-CHI-MSP . It was Superliner service and we reserved two "roomettes" (sleepers) for the whole way. We stopped off for tourist layovers in Glacier Natl Park, Portland, LA, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Chicago.
The Coast Starlight was the best leg of the trip. Actually, anytime we got to ride along a shoreline, whether it was ocean, river, or lake, was great. The views were magnificent. I still remember the details vividly.
Upgrading to business would be worth it. I'm not sure if Amtrak's Viewliner service has a lounge car. If they do, then you can spend a lot of your time there without upgrading. The seating in a lounge car is better than first class. I know there's a BOB cafe in the Superliner lounge car. There's probably a BOB area somewhere on a Viewliner. There's also a dining car for sit-down menu service.
The nice thing about a train is that you can go on walkabout.