Discussion in 'VIA Rail Canada Discussion' started by PaulDobbs, Mar 12, 2019 at 4:30 PM.
IMO much better on Canadian.
Food on the Canadian is prepared in the Dining Car and excellent!
On the westbound Ocean…meals are prepared in the kitchen of the Westin Hotel in Halifax which is part of the VIA Station Complex. They are chilled, put aboard and heated in convection ovens (not microwaves!)....but still very good! (Not sure where the meals in Montreal are prepared for the eastbound train but it’s the same arrangement and also very good).
Here’s Breakfast on the Ocean last summer:
Paging Amtrak! Paging Amtrak!
I thought the food was much better on the Canadian than on the Ocean. In fact, I like Amtrak diner food more than I liked the food on the Ocean (when I traveled in 2011).
I like VIA service overall better. They also have rigid standards for their crews.
The northward view from Smith Tower.
The view looking southeast from Smith Tower. King Street is visible FYI.
The menu changes regularly I believe but when I was there they have one amazing roast beef sandwich.
Scroll down to pages 25 to 30 in this brochure for the 'Ocean'...... Sleeper floor plan is on page 29 'Sleeper Plus Class - Cabin for Two" There's also a floor plan of a 'Renaissance Diner'
Are you certain about that?
I was in a Skyline Dome last year on the Jonquiere train, and I thought that dome had an outlet at the table. I could be wrong...I might have just charged my phone at my regular seat in the next car...not sure...
I'm not sure enough to bet my money, but I suspect that nomenclature might be part of the problem. In the Park Car dome itself, I had no outlet. On the other hand, I didn't have what I would call a table either (there was a dropdown tray), so maybe we're not talking about the same thing. At the rear of the Park Car, where the seats face inward rather than outward, there were outlets. In the center of the car, where I believe there were tables and there definitely was a bar, I don't know.
We found them to be of the same quality which is excellent! Sorry for the slow response but the switch over it me out of contact and way behind!
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