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Old 01-15-2013, 05:47 PM   #1111
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Darn no docs yet. We booked through DVC wonder if that has anything to do with it.
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Darn no docs yet. We booked through DVC wonder if that has anything to do with it.
No docs here yet. Maybe tomorrow.
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:52 PM   #1113
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My bad...guess it's the auto train there, not back...even better!
We are taking the Auto Train down also we are going on Friday out of VA
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:40 PM   #1114
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Yeah my bad. I was in a "my plan isn't going perfectly" rage...I'm ok now. It's actually the return one that got canceled. I talked to someone from Amtrak says that some private company in Florida is putting in a new train in relation to those tracks...and that dependent on what that company does, it may actually effect the 2/15 auto train too. I just don't feel comfortable with that answer...so we've decided to drive down and back. Better to do that than to find out a day or two before that the 2/15 auto train down was canceled too. Anyone from Upstate NY have experience driving down? Do you drive straight thru or do you stop some place? If so where do you stop?
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:34 AM   #1115
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Did they give you an idea when a decision on the 2/15 train will be made... this will really screw with our plans as the kids and I were taking the train and picking my wife up at MCO then driving back but that would be with 2 drivers..
plan P at this point would add about 3.5k to this whole trip.. plan d I don't know if my wife will like me driving all the way down with the kids.. I just emailed Amtrak to see if they will give me an answer
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:58 AM   #1116
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No they couldn't give me an idea. They said it's all dependent on that train company in Florida. My significant others doesn't fly so the original plan was to drive anyway. Last time we drove down to Florida I had a hard time staying awake once we hit VA. But I was pregnant at the time so I couldn't drink caffine. This time I won't be with child, so I'll be making dunkin donuts and Starbucks very rich on the way down. We are going to stay over night somewhere....just not sure where yet. I want to get an idea as to where people stay on the way down. I am bummed about the train b/c I sleep like a baby on trains...not so much in cars. Let me know what Amtrak tells you...just curious.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:53 AM   #1117
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Yeah my bad. I was in a "my plan isn't going perfectly" rage...I'm ok now. It's actually the return one that got canceled. I talked to someone from Amtrak says that some private company in Florida is putting in a new train in relation to those tracks...and that dependent on what that company does, it may actually effect the 2/15 auto train too. I just don't feel comfortable with that answer...so we've decided to drive down and back. Better to do that than to find out a day or two before that the 2/15 auto train down was canceled too. Anyone from Upstate NY have experience driving down? Do you drive straight thru or do you stop some place? If so where do you stop?
We are from the western centeral part of Mass - we have driven several times both to and from - we usually push the first day on the way back and stay in VA (Celebrate Virginia - outside Fredericksburg) - that way the next days drive is only about 8hrs. -we are flying down but driving back. -also consider the time getting off the ship - we are figuring we won't be on the road till at the EARLIEST 8:30. The hotels is about 12/13 hrs away with no stops. -

We also rented a suv for the way back - oneway unlimted miles - $180 we pick it up at port canavel and then dropping it of at BDL -
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Have received a response from Amtrak but it was about south of Sanford so waiting on clarification
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We have done the drive

We are just north on NYC and have driven a few times. We do it in one shot down and stop (usually somewhere between Rocky Mount, NC and Fredricksburg, VA) on the way back.

The key to driving non stop down IMO is to be clear of the NY to DC corridor during any semblance of rush hour (to avoid traffic) and to arrive in FL while its still daylight (as its real difficult driving in the dark if you are tired). So we have left at 7PM once but mostly start at the Midnite-2AM time frame. So to make it work, I go to bed at 7PM (w the truck already packed).. up at midnight (wash face and out the door). I usually let DW drive North Carolina... and I do the rest.
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Yeah the more I think about it...it may make sense to just push it and do the whole way down in one shot, and then do something similar to what you guys do on the way back. And really, I'm gonna be WWAAAAYYY too excited to sleep, probably.
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Yeah the more I think about it...it may make sense to just push it and do the whole way down in one shot, and then do something similar to what you guys do on the way back. And really, I'm gonna be WWAAAAYYY too excited to sleep, probably.

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Yes please let me know. B/c they told me it was the track between the two...if it's south of Sanford, I don't see why they're canceling at all.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:12 PM   #1122
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Just got this email from Amtrak so looks like all clear to go South... but I have my backup plan in case...

Dear John Whittel,
Thank you for your recent email.
My information only states that the Auto Train will be affected between February 21-25, 2013.
Train 52 (origin dates from Sanford Friday-Sunday, February 22-24) and train 53 (origin dates from Lorton February 21-23) are cancelled entirely.
I hope this information is helpful.
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ONE MONTH from TODAY we will be getting ready for our first dinner onboard the Fantasy! After having explored the ship all afternoon, lunched at Cabanas, signed kids up for the clubs, had a lovely drink of the day, enjoyed the sailaway party, and maybe even ridden the Aquaduck a time or two.

hooray! Hooray!! HOORAY!!!
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Just got a job offer and will be starting a new job next week. During the interview process, I must have mentioned 10 times "...but I'm traveling February vacation week!" .
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Just got a job offer and will be starting a new job next week. During the interview process, I must have mentioned 10 times "...but I'm traveling February vacation week!" .
CONGRADS and GOOD LUCK!!!

I just started working a new job too in August, and I too mentioned several times I would be gone for 2 weeks in February - I was very surprised when they offered me the postion before I even got home!!
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