From: Tom K on 14 Jun 2010 19:00
On 6/14/10 6:51 PM, George Leppla wrote:
> On 6/14/2010 5:42 PM, Nonny wrote:
>> FWIW, I've been on both sides of the car and the side looking out toward
>> the nearby mountainside has a lot of things to keep you entertained, as
>> well as the other side looking out on the valley. The cars are narrow
>> enough that one side or the other really doesn't prevent you from seeing
>> out both sides. Personally, I sort of like the side looking out on the
>> nearby mountainside to see the flowers, waterfalls and plants. I can
>> still stand up and look out the other windows to see things like the big
>> rock/gravesite, bridges and upcoming tunnels, while having a great view
>> from my seat of the more nearby things as well.
> It should also be noted that people can stand on the platforms between
> the cars. It can get crowded out there on the way up the mountain with
> everyone wanting to take pictures, but on the retun trip, practially no
> one goes out there and you can have the platform pretty much to yourself.
> When we bought this last year, the fare from Princess and the rail line
> was identical ($110 pp). Look at
> http://wpyr.com/reservationrailsail.html I called the rail company and
> they recommended buying the tour from the cruise line as the train pulls
> up next to the ship... and that is exactly the way it happened. If
> Princess is charging more this year... shame on them.
> It is a nice excursion and we had excellent weather although it was
> cold... not bad considering it was early in May.
Don't know about Princess, but HAL only charged us $4 more.
We'll be there in Mid August... since the waterfalls in places like
Yosemite are pretty dried up by August (the left over winter snow
feeding the falls has fully melted by then) I wonder if that's the same
Probably a good idea to dress in layers like we did in the northern
parts of Norway.
From: Jean O'Boyle on 14 Jun 2010 19:07
"Marcia R." <Marcia(a)spamlessinlasvegas.net> wrote in message
>>>> My niece is buying them...since she's getting a free cruise LOL...but
>>>> far as I know, she's doing it through Princess. Don't know if she's
>>>> waiting until we get on the ship or not. We haven't gotten that far.
>>> My advice is to do it online with Princess as soon as possible as that
>>> is a
>>> very popular excursion...especially since you want a specific time.
> She said she's booking it today, but I haven't spoken to her yet about it.
Good...have you completed your online registration so that she can pull up
From: Jean O'Boyle on 14 Jun 2010 19:09
"Tom K" <tkanitra(a)optonline.net> wrote in message
> With HAL we only paid $4 more than the normal railway price... that
> doesn't come across as a rip off.
That is not bad, Tom...at least you know that you are definitely booked.
From: Jean O'Boyle on 14 Jun 2010 19:21
"Nonny" <Null(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
> "Tom K" <tkanitra(a)optonline.net> wrote in message
>> On 6/13/10 8:59 PM, Jean O'Boyle wrote:
>>> Hi Tom,
>>> Since your seats reverse, you will see both sides..starboard going up
>>> portside coming back or vice versa! If I were to take it again, I would
>>> start on the port side (facing towards the engine)
>> Are there seats that face backward?
> Tom, the seats are the old fashioned types that are like benches, but with
> a back that flips over. When you flip the back, you sit on the opposite
> side of the bench and thus face the other way. That way, you can always
> face forward without having to turn the car around. If the people sharing
> the bench (2 or 3, as I recall) agree, you could flip the back over to
> deliberately face the rear of the train, rather than the front.
Hey, Nonny, I'm glad that you were able to explain the seats better than I
could. I can remember doing it but unable to explain the mechanics of it. No
seats ever faced backwards while we were on the train. Ask Ermalee, she
remembers, she told some young guy while we were standing out on the
platform between cars, that we were sisters and asked him to take picture of
From: Jean O'Boyle on 14 Jun 2010 19:29
"peter" <peters25(a)stockton.com> wrote in message
> X-no-archive: yes On 6/14/10 11:08 PM, in article
> fO2dnWuQOeTOB4vRnZ2dnUVZ_hOdnZ2d(a)giganews.com, "Nonny" <Null(a)gmail.com>
>> Tom, the seats are the old fashioned types that are like benches,
>> but with a back that flips over. When you flip the back, you sit
>> on the opposite side of the bench and thus face the other way.
> Correct. Boyle's statement that all seats face forward is erroneous. As is
> her recommendation that you take the train both ways, except when you're
> a wheel chair which they won't allow in the bus.
Sorry, Peter, you are the one who is wrong...all the seats did face forward
and I stand by my recommendation that you take the train both ways. It is a
comfortable ride with huge full windows unlike the smaller ones on the tour
buses. If I were to take it again, I might try and take the bus that takes
you further into Canada. By the way, my name is not Boyle.
You like to "chip away" at people and their posts; no wonder you post