Thank you all so much for the answer to my burning question. I just don't know if I can be Out Of Touch for such a long duration. I feel better now.
Roomette with a View (or Two)
So you’ve ridden one of our great short-distance Amtrak trains, now it’s time to live a little. YOLO!
Let’s walk through just a few of the perks of Amtrak long-distance train travel. Here’s the first hint: Book a bedroom or a roomette. Our long-distance coach seats are comfortable recliners that are bigger than our traditional seats, but for this post, we’ll be focusing on the Viewliner Roomette (featured on our East Coast long-distance trains). Think of it as your home away from home on the train.
The first and best perk is you get a dedicated train attendant. It’s similar to room service in a hotel but much, much better.
Train attendants book meal reservations for you, make and take down your bed, carry your luggage, tell you when your stop is coming up and keep you company when you want to chat. They’re great and FREE with any sleeper car reservation.
In the Viewliner Roomette itself there’s ample storage to store your carry-on bags, plus outlets for all of your gadgets. Each brightly lit roomette has huge double-decker windows and sleeps up to two people. The lower level chairs collapse into a comfortable bed, and there’s a drop-down bed directly above them. Both are complete with their own bed linens, pillows, temperature controls, lights, bed-side storage nooks and beautiful views.
OK, we know what you’re thinking. Yes, there’s a toilet. Yes, there’s a door that locks. Yes, there’s a sink, vanity, coat hangers and a service button if you need help. All just for you; no sharing required.
If you have a lot of luggage you can check your heavy bags and bring a smaller carry-on into your sleeper car to save space. Uniformed Red Caps provide free baggage-handling assistance at many major stations and can help you when you board at your departure city.
Finally, you should know that all your meals are included. That’s breakfast, lunch and dinner when you book in a sleeper car. Your train attendant will make you a reservation for any or all of them during your journey. So what are you waiting for? Miami, Los Angeles, Portland, and hundreds of other destinations are calling your name. Start your adventure today!
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Depending of your carrier you might hit a few non-service areas, but usually it is fine. I only encountered one trouble spot on the California Zephyr from Chicago to Denver recently.
Same here. depending on what carrier you have, you might encounter a few no-service areas, but generally you will do fine.
Question: does a cell phone work on the train or is it hopeless to stay in contact with my family while on my long distance trip????
all sleeping car passenger lose Amtrak Taking Way Free Water and Free Juice and Newspaper long- distance trains.
In an effort to be good stewards of the federal funding received to operate our Amtrak service, a number of steps are being taken to eliminate losses in our Food and Beverage department over the next five years. Some of the changes being made to accomplish this include the discontinuation of select amenities on the Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, and Lake Shore Limited.On or about March 31, 2014, the pre-departure refreshments and on-board wine and cheese tastings for Sleeping car passengers will no longer be offered on the Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, or Lake Shore Limited. Additionally, the complimentary sparkling wine, non-alcoholic cider, and chocolate squares will no longer be provided to Sleeping car passengers on the Empire Builder and the Coast Starlight. Sleeping car passengers will continue to receive all regular meals in the Dining car at no additional charge, and passengers may purchase cheese and cracker trays and other snacks, as well as liquor, wine and beer, in the Lounge car on all long- distance trains.
On approximately May 31, 2014, complimentary amenity kits will no longer be provided to sleeping car passengers on the Empire Builder and the Coast Starlight. Your Sleeping car attendant will continue to have select emergency toiletries on hand when needed.
While it is never easy to tell you, our valued customers, that we are eliminating some amenities, these changes are necessary in order to reduce costs, increase revenues and preserve passenger rail service across our country. If you have any questions or comments about these changes, feel free to contact me using the “contact us” link on the Amtrak.com home page.Thank you for traveling with Amtrak. We appreciate your patronage.
Does anyone know if my cell phone will pick up enough signal on the silver star from Tampa to DC? How about a portable MI-FI?
We are travelling from Chicago to Memphis and we have a roomette. We are disembarking very early at 6.15 am approx so will breakfast be included and will we be able to have it that early? Thanks for any help.
@latinqt I have Verizon and I loose my signal in a few areas but usually not that bad.
@DebbieLannen agree a lot.pray keep coffee
@DebbieLannen agree alot
@DebbieLannen I won't miss the stuff. I always brought my own snacks and drinks on the train everytime I rode it. And don't drink coffee. So I'm ok. As long as they don't stop the free meals while using the sleeper cars. I'm good to go.
@angeloflove Well that figures. We are leaving Tampa for DC Easter week. Now I have to pack my own?????
@angeloflove Just on some of the long distance trains. I never use the stuff anyway. I bring my own snacks and drinks.
@JoePower There's not enough room. Also, the new Viewliners don't have toilets in the roomettes anymore.
@JoePower For on e thing they are too small and i wouldn't want a toilet it the roomettes
@WilliamLong I will find out for the first time in March.
@Jedling In my experience, breakfast service on the southbound City of New Orleans starts AFTER Memphis, unfortunately.
I think it starts at 7AM. Your room steward or dining car manager should make an announcement and come by your room to take your reservation. Once onboard, I'd let your steward know that you'd like to eat at the earliest time. (Just noticed the date of your post). :)
@JedlingWhen we took this same trip in Sept. '13, we did NOT get breakfast......If your getting off at Memphis, there are many fast food restaurants open at that time...Hope this helps!!
@Jedling I arrived early in Memphis last year but didn't eat breakfast because I didn't wake up early enough :)
@Jedling gree with you
@Jedling My recollection is that if you're disembarking that early, they do not include breakfast. Assuming you're on the City of New Orleans, I've taken that route twice, once disembarking at Fulton, KY (before Memphis) and once at the end of the line in NOLA. You'll get dinner shortly after leaving Chicago, but I'm pretty sure no breakfast. I second Evilkitty's suggestion, the Amtrak FB folks are pretty responsive.
@Jedling Get on Facebook and click on Amtrak. They have helped me on a lot of my questions. Maybe they can answer your question.
@Jedling Don't have a clue. I do not work for the railroad.
@angeloflove If you want to keep getting the free food while using the sleeper cars, I wouldn't complain. That would really be bad if we loose the food. So taking a lose in some stuff is better then loosing it all.
@RobertRegan @Jedling They don't take reservations for breakfast. It's first-come, first-served on every train. Since "quiet hours" don't end until 6:30, they usually provide the breakfast hours the night before so you can set your alarm appropriately. Some trains start serving at 6:00, but I've had to wait until 6:30 before since the cooks aren't quite ready.
Thanks Blair. Though from what I am hearing even if you had woken earlier it would be too early for the breakfast start time. So far I understand that breakfast is not available until 6.30 am so as we get off at approx 6.15 am it looks like even if we get up earlier there will be no breakfast available for us ! If anyone knows different please put me right. Thanks all.
@latinqt Sorry I didn't I couldn't help you more. happy Easter to you too
Thank you so much for replying. I'm hoping AT&T is good for me on this trip. Here's hoping. Happy Easter
@latinqt We was on the Southwest Chief from Chicago to Los Angeles. I have no ideal how it will be on that route your taking. I know AT&T isn't great in our area.
@latinqt My sister in law had AT&T her internet didn't work on a long stretched and her phone servive wasn't that good.
@Jedling thats seems awful early for breakfast. I don't usually eat breakfast. So I'm not too worry about it. I just snack in the mornings. But there is others who do. I suggest you bring some pop tarts or something to get you til you can go somewhere to get something to eat later.
@Jedling No problem! Have fun on your trip!
@Jedling you are very welcome. Hope you have a wonderful trip>