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#41 zepherdude

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 02:34 PM

Wish some kind soul would post links to the other 4 or 5 recent threads dealing with gratuities.  Same blather repeated every 6 months or so begins to wear thin after a while - but that's just me.  Carry on if you must.

I totally agree with you! How many times I have read about lousy service.....


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Posted 27 February 2017 - 08:50 PM

It is extremely confusing for OS travellers, to tip or not to tip.

When on the SWC we asked our SCA what was the norm, and he explained to us that it was not necessary,

however if we very happy with the service, a few dollars would suffice. Steven was a great SCA.

So on that journey Dining Car staff were tipped according to our level of satisfaction

When on the EB, my level of satisfaction declined somewhat, so I was less forthcoming.

When on the CS , my level of satisfaction dissolved completely and I did not tip anyone

on that train at all. As I was alone on the last two journeys it just fell to me decide, I decided I wanted them to know

I was not happy with the service at all.



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Posted 27 February 2017 - 09:00 PM

Wish some kind soul would post links to the other 4 or 5 recent threads dealing with gratuities.  Same blather repeated every 6 months or so begins to wear thin after a while - but that's just me.  Carry on if you must.


It's a shame you have someone holding a gun to your head forcing you to read this blather.

Or maybe you exercise from free will and refrain from reading content you don't find worth your time?
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Posted 27 February 2017 - 11:06 PM

 

Wish some kind soul would post links to the other 4 or 5 recent threads dealing with gratuities.  Same blather repeated every 6 months or so begins to wear thin after a while - but that's just me.  Carry on if you must.


It's a shame you have someone holding a gun to your head forcing you to read this blather.

Or maybe you exercise from free will and refrain from reading content you don't find worth your time?

 

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 12:00 PM

There is no "first class" on Amtrak long-distance trains.  Do you mean the meal included with a sleeper ticket?  That would be served in the dining car.


It's obvious that's what he's asking about. The pedantry about terminology is uncalled for.

Not it wasn't. There's first class on Acela with true first class meals. And there is sleeper class on the long distance trains which used to be called first class.

So the question, being vague, called for a bit of pedantry - though the answers are similar with the exception of the inclusion of adult beverages.

Edited by VentureForth, 01 March 2017 - 12:01 PM.

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 12:08 PM

Acela doesn't have anything that can be called a "dining room". Was clear with a little bit of interpretation that he was talking about a LD train.
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Posted 01 March 2017 - 01:52 PM

Technically Amtrak dining car menus still refer to "first class meal packages" in the fine print about alcoholic beverages, although I would presume that the reference is little more than an anachronism at this point.

Edited by Devil's Advocate, 19 March 2017 - 08:54 PM.

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 04:57 PM

Acela doesn't have anything that can be called a "dining room". Was clear with a little bit of interpretation that he was talking about a LD train.


+1

Plus, I got a bit of a chuckle with the passing thought that any meal served by Amtrak, would be called a "First Class Meal" by any sane person.  :giggle:
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Posted 02 March 2017 - 12:19 AM

Back when Sleepers were called First Class, the Amtrak Meals were totally different.  I remember meals like the 2" thick juicy pork chop dinner, or the thick Prime Rib. 


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Posted 02 March 2017 - 09:09 PM

There is no "first class" on Amtrak long-distance trains.  Do you mean the meal included with a sleeper ticket?  That would be served in the dining car.

Thank you for the clarification.  I thought perhaps there was a class of service with which I was unfamiliar.  :)



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Posted 03 March 2017 - 05:30 PM

Is it possible to leave personal attacks out of the responses?



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Posted 05 March 2017 - 06:48 AM

Is it possible to leave personal attacks out of the responses?


If I may leave a "tip" here, please don't hijack the previous subject.

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 06:29 PM

 

Is it possible to leave personal attacks out of the responses?


If I may leave a "tip" here, please don't hijack the previous subject.

 

I'm referring to personal attacks in THIS thread.



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Posted 05 March 2017 - 06:53 PM

As always has been, and ever shall be, if you think someone's posts are appropriate, you'll have much better luck contacting the staff than derailing the thread.
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Posted 05 March 2017 - 11:47 PM

Might want to stick to contacting staff for posts you think are inappropriate, though...



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Posted 13 March 2017 - 02:37 PM

I suggest a "sticky" for the combined tipping thread. Some people just don't know how to search.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 04:25 PM

 

There is no "first class" on Amtrak long-distance trains.  Do you mean the meal included with a sleeper ticket?  That would be served in the dining car.


It's obvious that's what he's asking about. The pedantry about terminology is uncalled for.

 

When I read it initially, I thought perhaps the question was dealing with the QUALITY of the food. As in: the food on trains #1 and #2 -- The Canadian -- are truly first class dining, but is Amtrak's diner food comparable?



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Posted 19 March 2017 - 04:32 PM

 

 

There is no "first class" on Amtrak long-distance trains.  Do you mean the meal included with a sleeper ticket?  That would be served in the dining car.


It's obvious that's what he's asking about. The pedantry about terminology is uncalled for.

 

When I read it initially, I thought perhaps the question was dealing with the QUALITY of the food. As in: the food on trains #1 and #2 -- The Canadian -- are truly first class dining, but is Amtrak's diner food comparable?

 

 

No, The Canadian is different operation all together, that train has a true first class dining car, year round, for the Sleeper Class Plus and Prestige Class passengers.

The menu is pretty upscale, and the choices are far from run of the mill.

 

Coach class has a cafe menu, on a year round basis, similar to what is offered on the Silver Star, and during the summer peak there is a coach class diner with food cooked on board.

 

The Ocean serves food from local caterers, but it is still re-heated, and plated on board in a restaurant manner.

 

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 05:30 PM

 

 

 

There is no "first class" on Amtrak long-distance trains.  Do you mean the meal included with a sleeper ticket?  That would be served in the dining car.


It's obvious that's what he's asking about. The pedantry about terminology is uncalled for.

 

When I read it initially, I thought perhaps the question was dealing with the QUALITY of the food. As in: the food on trains #1 and #2 -- The Canadian -- are truly first class dining, but is Amtrak's diner food comparable?

 

 

No, The Canadian is different operation all together, that train has a true first class dining car, year round, for the Sleeper Class Plus and Prestige Class passengers.

The menu is pretty upscale, and the choices are far from run of the mill.

 

Coach class has a cafe menu, on a year round basis, similar to what is offered on the Silver Star, and during the summer peak there is a coach class diner with food cooked on board.

 

The Ocean serves food from local caterers, but it is still re-heated, and plated on board in a restaurant manner.

 

Ken

 

 

And if everyone was willing to pay the fares asked on The Canadian, I'm sure Amtrak would put that quality of food in our diners.

 

That being said, I'm even looking forward to dinner and breakfast on The Ocean next month.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 08:18 PM

The food itself on the Canadian is only a step above Amtrak full service diners in my opinion. What really sets it apart is the class. You never see employees sitting at the tables, tables filled with random odds and ends etc. And the way the steward comes around and recommends wines or drink specials just gives you the feeling of being in an upscale establishment. 


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