Silver Star & Silver meteor questions - sleeper cars

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  1. Jan 16, 2020 at 4:36 PM #1

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    My husband and I are taking the Silver meteor down to Orlando and the silver star back up to Richmond VA. We booked a sleeper both ways, what is the food situation like? (We are traveling in March)

    1. Do we get meals included? Breakfast, lunch a dinner? What times are they?
    (We would be one the train from 10 PM - 1PM so I am assuming we would only get breakfast)
    2. Are snacks included or do we have to pay for those? If we use room service do we need to Cary cash?

    3. What are the snack car hours?

    4. Should I bring cash to tip or is it not expected? (I always tip when I eat out but I am curious)

    5. We have never actually done a sleeper overnight do we get blankets and pillows?
    (That one seems silly to ask but here we are)

    6. Any tips in general for the train? Last time we took it was 6 years ago on our honeymoon to new york and I have forgotten so many things!

    I plan on packing snacks as I am a snacky person
     
  2. Jan 16, 2020 at 5:43 PM #2

    pennyk

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    The Silver Meteor offers flexible dining to sleeper passengers, whereas the Silver Star currently does not offer meals to sleeper passengers (but will starting May 1st).
    https://www.amtrak.com/flexible-dining
    On the Silver Meteor to Orlando, you should get breakfast and lunch before arriving in Orlando. Breakfast starts at 6:30am; lunch will start either at 11:30, 11:45 or noon (depending on whether the train is running on time, early or late). Snacks are not included with your sleeper fare on the Silver Meteor.

    I believe the cafe car hours are 6am to 11pm, however, the cafe car will be closed temporarily during the day for attendant breaks.
    Tips are customary.

    If you have your attendant bring food to your room that is not included in your fare, you will be expected to provide payment to the attendant. I am not sure if sleeping car attendants will take your credit card (however I seem to recall passengers giving their cards to the attendants). I travel on the Silver Meteor often, but have never had an attendant bring my food to my room.

    The former dining car on the Silver Meteor is now used as a "sleeper lounge." Sleeper passengers are generally welcome to sit in the sleeper car whenever the want.
     
  3. Jan 16, 2020 at 7:49 PM #3

    jimmrl

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    As for #5, yes you get a thin blanket and a pillow for each bed.

    Bring snacks and a power strip or extension cord since the two plugs are not in the best of places.
     

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