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Old 09-29-2009, 09:08 PM   #91
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I'm looking at Amtrak from Whitefish, MT. But....it looks like the link from Seattle to Vancouver is by Amtrak bus, not train. That would be okay though. We can get a sleeper car for the two of us for around $325 total. We may think about this. That sounds fun to me!
Angie, there is also an option for the train at the same price. We took Amtrak from NC to Orlando one time in regular coach and we were 6 hours late. Not a fun trip but we slept in our seats. This is only a 4 hour trip that shows leaving at 7:40 am and arriving at 11:40 am on the 510 Cascades train
. Of course this is for a February Thursday run. It sounded like it will be easier to just rent a car when we get to Vancouver. I want to explore the area before the cruise.

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Planning on staying in Vancouver forever Lisa?
Actually I would love to take the train cross country on the way home but it doesn't look like that is possible. Why would we want to go from Vancouver to Chicago and back North to Toronto? Anyhow...lots of options to consider before then.
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:34 PM   #92
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PJ, you could do the transcontinental in Canada! Whoa! That would be a great ride! Maybe we will have to go northeast then head west.
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:36 PM   #93
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Angie, there is also an option for the train at the same price. We took Amtrak from NC to Orlando one time in regular coach and we were 6 hours late. Not a fun trip but we slept in our seats. This is only a 4 hour trip that shows leaving at 7:40 am and arriving at 11:40 am on the 510 Cascades train
. Of course this is for a February Thursday run. It sounded like it will be easier to just rent a car when we get to Vancouver. I want to explore the area before the cruise.



Actually I would love to take the train cross country on the way home but it doesn't look like that is possible. Why would we want to go from Vancouver to Chicago and back North to Toronto? Anyhow...lots of options to consider before then.
It is an overnighter from Whitefish though, then change in Seattle and the route shows a bus for us from there. I could do the seat, but I'm married to an old guy who can't sleep without his fighter pilot mask. (CPAP)
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I'm looking at Amtrak from Whitefish, MT. But....it looks like the link from Seattle to Vancouver is by Amtrak bus, not train. That would be okay though. We can get a sleeper car for the two of us for around $325 total. We may think about this. That sounds fun to me!
Angie, there is one train to VAN and one train back to SEA each day. Then there are several Amtrak buses each day. There is a Amtrak station closer to SEA TEC, but if you chose to get on the train there, they kick you off on to a bus, even though the train is going on to VAN, . But if you take a cab to the SEA Amtrak station you can take the train all the way to VAN.


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PJ, you could do the transcontinental in Canada! Whoa! That would be a great ride! Maybe we will have to go northeast then head west.
Yeah, for about $2500 CAD each way, lol.

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My plan is looking like I will cross the boarder to BUF and then take a plane to SEA Tec and either the bus or train to VAN. I wonder what kind of looks I will get at the boarder, lol.

Toronto to VAN $800
Buf to VAN $600
Buf to Sea $340 plus $70(train trip along the coast = extra adventure)

All the flights from BUF to SEA seem to land in the afternoon/evening, so it will mean a night in Seattle, then the early train to VAN and one night there before the cruise. Would love to do Grousse Mountain and the Aquarium one before the cruise and one after.

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PJ the train to/from Seattle & Vancouver runs twice a day. Check out February for availability. There is the 7 am run and a 6:30 pm run that gets in Vancouver around 10:45 pm.

Did I read somewhere that it is a hassle to rent a car in Seattle and take it across the border? We did this once...flew from VA to Boston and rented a car, took the fairy at Bar Harbor to Yarmouth, NS then traveled up to Cape Brenton and then down through NB to St. Johns and back to Boston. That was in 1994 though and different crossings. I think the problem might be what to do with the car once in Vancouver.
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Old 09-30-2009, 06:54 PM   #97
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Hi everyone! We have just put our deposit down today! I am traveling with my girls and my parents. We have cat 5A, RM 7580 and 7582 we were lucky enough to get the same rooms we had when we cruised in 2008.
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Hi everyone. Lisa yikes that was a trek with the Boston leg. Of course that caught my attention.
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Yeah, for about $2500 CAD each way, lol.

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Hi everyone! We have just put our deposit down today! I am traveling with my girls and my parents. We have cat 5A, RM 7580 and 7582 we were lucky enough to get the same rooms we had when we cruised in 2008.
Our group:
myself- Sarah (34 at time of cruise)
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Megan (3 will be turning 4 August 2011)
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Oh, come on Sarah, tell us about Herb and Ruth. They CAN'T be older than DrHug and I!! We out age dirt! He will be, um, what did we say.....66 and that would make me 61 at the time of the cruise. Old Geezers and proud of it!! We will likely have an Old Geezer,(OG)Geezer In Training (GIT)Meet at Cove Cafe with cookies and milk. Herb and Ruth are welcome to join us! You could come too as a GIT if you agree to show us the way back to our rooms should we forget where they are.
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:12 PM   #101
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Lisa, you are correct. I checked last week and was matching to flights that worked for me.

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Hi everyone. Lisa yikes that was a trek with the Boston leg. Of course that caught my attention.
We took 10 days for that trip. Cape Brenton was the most beautiful place I havce ever seen! We drove a day and stayed at a B&B a day. We had lots of time to talk about life and just about everything else. Pretty incredible we still got along after only knowing each other 4 months.
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While trying to fall asleep last night I thought about past cruises and that in Alaska we probably won't be as interested in ice cream sodas. I know that there is hot chocolate at the drink station. Wonder how that would be if we added some vanilla soft serve to it?
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While trying to fall asleep last night I thought about past cruises and that in Alaska we probably won't be as interested in ice cream sodas. I know that there is hot chocolate at the drink station. Wonder how that would be if we added some vanilla soft serve to it?
Oh! I think that would be fine!!
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