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macmom111 03-22-2010 06:29 AM

I am trying thinking about taking the train to orlando for my sept cruise. Has anyone done this... the difference in price is almost the price of another cruise...I can take all the bags I want. And I have the time...Any thoughts

Jim C. 03-22-2010 07:06 AM

If the price works out for you why not try it? But give yourself plenty of time.. I have heard that train travel can be non-schedule friendly but then I have never traveled by train. I would still plan on being in a day early just in case and check the train's "on time" stats to make sure you are leaving room for issues.

I am sure there are people that are not comfortable flying that have done the train, so its worth a shot. I have never priced it out.

macmom111 03-22-2010 07:19 AM

I would definately leave in plenty of time, it is a 12 hr train trip.. and I would be getting into orlando on friday at about noon, and the ship sails saturday at 4...when I return, time would be no issue at all. 114 round trip for the train, 284 for flying before baggage fees.

Jim C. 03-22-2010 11:08 AM

Heck .. sounds like a good deal to me. Never have taken a train (long distance) before. If you can deal with a 12 hour train ride versus a 1 hour plane trip, then I say go for it. Your correct about the bag fees. You can count on adding $100 to the air fare if you bring a couple of suitcases.

Jill SC 03-22-2010 01:15 PM

We have used the train twice, both times it was around 10 to 12 hour trip, with one changeover. But it was a great way to travel if you have the time. Nice and relaxing, see the countryside, less worry about your luggage.
Take your own water and snacks.
With the "hub" system and all the stopovers for some of these airlines, it is getting to be almost as much time unless you are flying out of and into a major centre.

lifeisgd 03-22-2010 03:24 PM

Let me know how you like the train, with the increases in cost to fly, we might like to consider another way of getting to our next cruise. We ended up book Jet Blue this time (our first) as they were cheaper and direct flight. But still expensive to get to Fort Lauderdale.
Have a great cruise

We leave April 4th for our next cruise to Panama canal. Only 3 port stops on an 8 night cruise which is a first for me, I like to get off and do excursions

macmom111 03-22-2010 04:11 PM

well the train ticket is booked. i leave at midnight and arrive in orlando at noon the next day...I am going to consider this a cruise on wheels. I will let yall know how it works out. there were no hidden cost, no booking fees, ( airfare adds about 1/3 the total cost of the airfare to cover fees) it was a total of 114 round trip...that is a great price.

Jim C. 03-23-2010 08:18 AM

Land cruising... hey I like that...

We would consider that also if we had a train route that would work for us. I might check into it the next time we go (I already have air booked for my next cruises)

penny3333 03-23-2010 08:58 AM

Sounds like a fantastic deal to me! When I was young we used to travel from Ft. Lauderdale to Nashville by train often. No hidden or extra costs is a HUGE plus. I'll have to check into it from here, don't know if there is a route to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. I checked once for the trains that take your car and I would have had to have driven quite a distance to catch the train. It's definitely not as much hassle as flying.

tim c 04-19-2010 07:39 AM

My wife and I are thinking of doing the same thing if we cruise out of new orleans. We will leave out of Atlanta and Amtrak gives a capanion fare.. cheaper than flying there!

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