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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.