Since you mentioned you will be on the City of New Orleans, there is only one regular sleeping car so all roomettes would be in that car or the crew transition car(usually only overflow). I doubt that after you board there will be any relocating of the roomettes. Best thing to do is check your e-tickets(PDF form) for car number. Everyone should be in the same car number unless assigned to the transition sleeper. Incidentally these two cars are adjacent to one another. If you are in same car roomettes 2-10 are all together upstairs and 11-14 are downstairs so you should be close together no matter which roomette you are in. One suggestion: If your group like loud hanging out please do that in the Sightseer Lounge Car which will be second car behind the sleeper with the dining car in between. Conversation and hanging out visiting across the aisle in the sleeper will be heard and experienced by all the other passengers in that car and, yes, it can be annoying especially at night. I had the privilege to have six guys celebrating a bachelor party ride in my sleeper from Oceola, Iowa, to Denver, CO. in January. Being a solo 75 year old(who has worked with youth all my adult life) I simply introduced myself and chatted long enough to learn about there going to Denver for the weekend to celebrate with the groom to be his bachelor party. As usual, when you communicate with young adult men you establish a connection and earn respect. Somewhere after 10 pm I fell fast asleep in my roomette 3 which was surrounded by the guys rooms and never noticed or heard anything. Maybe it's just my nature, but I enjoyed their brief company. I said all this to just suggest that you be good company to the other passengers in your car.
Since the CONO dining car service is limited there is no chef so ONE person does all the seating, taking orders, preparing and serving the meals. And only one end of the dining car on the CONO is used as dining car and the other end is the cafe lounge. So, heads up advice, LET THE SCA AND DINING SERVER KNOW of your desire for all 12 of your group to be in the same setting for meals. In fact, the only meal that may offer reservations either direction would be dinner northbound. Breakfast and lunch are usually first come first served. The dining car is made up of tables for four. Only four can be together at each table.
If you are wanting to rearrange your roomette assignments, NOW is the time to CALL and request availability to get all the room together as others may already have reserved specific roomettes and its too late to claim any already assigned roomettes.
Edited by Tennessee Traveler, 19 March 2017 - 10:05 PM.