Posted May 5th, 2012, 12:30 AM
Last edited by CimW; May 5th, 2012 at 12:33 AM Reason: Add info
This is the Carnival Code for Amtrak, V602, good through December 2012. I believe you have to submit your cruise booking #. Amtrak also has different specials so check their website.
Another thing you can do is search for an Amtrak forum, lots of great info on those.
Greyhound, well, it's an icky way to start and end a vacation. About five years ago I really wanted to go to Vegas. I should add I don't like to fly. I decided to try Greyhound and the trip was actually pretty good there and back. I tried it again about 3 times and on each of those trips there were some not so good experiences. Creepy people, actually just scary people, buses breaking down, drivers who didn't know where to go. Not good at all.
I don't think it's changed but you can have a ticket but you are not guaranteed a seat. If the bus fills up and you don't get on, you may have to wait until the next bus unless they call for another one for your departure. Or you can go early and stand in line for an hour or longer to get on the bus which is a pain in the neck. Their customer service stinks. You have no rights on Greyhound, it's like shut up and ride, really
I decided never again on Greyhound. I have been taking Amtrak though it's been from Denver to the west. Amtrak is a lot better than the bus. It is very comfortable, although at night it gets a bit rough having to sleep in a seat. Sleepers are great if you can afford them, to me they are very pricey most of the time. However your meals are included if you get a sleeper.
Amtrak employess are generally ok, there are some great ones and not so great.
I have had good luck with trains being on time but I have heard and read of some nightmare situations with trains being late.
Check out the Amtrak(unlimited) forums, there are tons of people who can give you advice on which stations to use, if the trains are normally late, etc.
I really like riding the train, it is one way to really relax. I will have to say I feel a bit embarrassed
admitting to riding Greyhoud but I can pass on my experiences with others.
Good luck with deciding on which way to go. Whatever way you go it will be an experience! Hopefully a great one.
Another thing on the forums, they have good knowledge of cancellation policies and changing tickets and whatnot.
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