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Old 02-29-2012, 08:55 PM   #1951
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I never saw anything in writing about business class loading/unloading perks, but they most definitely boarded first in Seattle and disembarked first in Vancouver and it was not the first car. In fact, we were more toward the back behind the dining car. Did you speak to someone in Seattle or just the Amtrak 800 number?
Both. Doesn't matter -- since the business class is sold out from Seattle, I'm not going to worry about getting it the other way. But thanks
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:05 AM   #1952
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Both. Doesn't matter -- since the business class is sold out from Seattle, I'm not going to worry about getting it the other way. But thanks
Keep checking. It originally showed sold out on ours too but some seats opened up later - I guess some folks changed their plans.
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:31 PM   #1953
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You might want to call for more info, but I read on another forum that Amtrak is switching the Cascades out for a Superliner in May, which means no business class.
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:42 PM   #1954
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It may vary from station to station. I know for a fact when DW took a train trip PDX to Tacoma last weekend they had Business class board first. When she came back I think they all disembarked at the same time, but I could easily see it being based on the setup and operations in each city.

Hopefully the switch out is just a rumor. A little extra room goes a long ways.
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:04 PM   #1955
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Sorry, I should've clarified, the person that started the post said she was contacted by Amtrak about change for the month of May. It's only temporary.
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:05 AM   #1956
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Victoria Day Holiday

We are on the repo that leaves out of Vancouver and returns to Seattle. My question is: our embarkation day is the Victoria Day Holiday...what will be closed because of the holiday? I am most curious about the wine/liquor stores as I want to get a bottle of 'something' for the stateroom. From my research it looks like the store in Harbor Centre will be closed (also on Sunday, when we arrive). Does anyone know where else we might 'shop'? Thanks!
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:58 PM   #1957
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We are on the repo that leaves out of Vancouver and returns to Seattle. My question is: our embarkation day is the Victoria Day Holiday...what will be closed because of the holiday? I am most curious about the wine/liquor stores as I want to get a bottle of 'something' for the stateroom. From my research it looks like the store in Harbor Centre will be closed (also on Sunday, when we arrive). Does anyone know where else we might 'shop'? Thanks!
Most public services will be closed on Victoria Day, as I recall. That would include all liquor stores, I believe. Maybe somebody knows more, but that is how it was on Canada Day when we visited.

If it's your embarkation day, this probably isn't a concern, but many shops and restaurants will close early for the holiday, I would suspect.
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You might want to call for more info, but I read on another forum that Amtrak is switching the Cascades out for a Superliner in May, which means no business class.
I checked the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the cruise, and the morning trains have no business class, but the evening trains do. I guess they don't use the same train for both.

Does anyone know what the difference is between the Cascades and Superliner? Besides no business class of course.
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:08 PM   #1959
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For those who have asked about airport shuttle vs taxis vs private car service in Seattle...

We used www.seattleairportexpress.com since we had 5 people and a lot of luggage (would have required 2 taxis). They picked us up promptly, had the booster seat we requested, and were very professional. They had the best rates at the time last year. We used them for airport pick-up to hotel then hotel to Amtrak station.
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Does anyone know if the 2012 Entertainment Book for Vancouver has the 50% off for Quick Coach? And BOGO for the Trolley Company?

Thanks! We're so excited!
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Does anyone know if the 2012 Entertainment Book for Vancouver has the 50% off for Quick Coach? And BOGO for the Trolley Company?

Thanks! We're so excited!
Not to give you a smart answer, but did you check the entertainment.com website?

I found this info for the Trolley Company on the website:

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Old 03-13-2012, 10:58 PM   #1962
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Not to give you a smart answer, but did you check the entertainment.com website?

I found this info for the Trolley Company on the website:

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I appreciate your answer. I couldnt find anything about the Quick Coach which I had read about on this board that was available in previous years. I'm looking forward to that trolley though.

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Old 03-14-2012, 08:00 PM   #1963
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You might want to call for more info, but I read on another forum that Amtrak is switching the Cascades out for a Superliner in May, which means no business class.
The Amtrak Cascades website doesn't mention anything about this, and they are still selling business class tickets for the summer.
I live north of Seattle and take the Cascades train whenever I go to a Mariners game (I only go for a 12:30 or 1 PM start). They are still selling business class tickets for the July and August games.

I don't know about boarding on less crowded days, but when I board southbound in Bellingham the whole train opens at once and there isn't any order to the boarding. In Seattle on the busy game days the same thing tends to happen because of how full the train is.
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The Amtrak Cascades website doesn't mention anything about this, and they are still selling business class tickets for the summer.
I live north of Seattle and take the Cascades train whenever I go to a Mariners game (I only go for a 12:30 or 1 PM start). They are still selling business class tickets for the July and August games.

I don't know about boarding on less crowded days, but when I board southbound in Bellingham the whole train opens at once and there isn't any order to the boarding. In Seattle on the busy game days the same thing tends to happen because of how full the train is.

I am taking the train from Seattle to Vancouver on May 20, and they switched me from business class back to coach because of a change in equipment. I am on the morning train. I noticed the evening train still offered business class, so it must just be the morning.
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It was confirmed on another board that in late March to late May, a few of the Cascades train are being refurbished, so they're using a Superliner instead. It sounds like it's only affecting the morning route, though.
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