Written by on Friday November 21, 2014
One of our Cruise Experts Alychea recently took a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer and in this blog she recalls her journey describing it as, “a once in a lifetime experience that will take your breath away…”
Rocky Mountaineer service from start to finish was just excellent the staff could not do enough for you. I was on gold leaf service when we arrived at the Vancouver railway station a Rocky Mountaineer staff member took our luggage and escorted us to the correct check in desk we check in and was advised our cart and seat numbers. While waiting to board the train there was tea and coffee available and seating areas.
Once on board the Rocky Mountaineer train staff introduced themselves to us and what they will be doing also advised how the dining arrangements would work over the next few days. As the train pulled away from Vancouver the staff was all out at the railway station waving us goodbye.
The gold leaf dome windows allow for a beautifully clear panoramic view of all the surrounding scenery. The staff then come round and offer a hot towel to wash your hands before heading down for breakfast. There were two separate dining times which would change each day, on our first day we had breakfast and lunch first as we were still working our way into the mountains. The dining area was lovely with large windows which would allow you to be able to watch the scenery while you dine.
There was a great variety of choice for breakfast and lunch, with menus changing each day ranging from fresh salmon to succulent beef then chocolate cake and coffee to finish. Throughout the day the staff would come around and take your drink order and offer some snacks with a wide choice from soft drinks to spirits, or you could even try their speciality cocktail ‘Caesars’ which has a little twist in it which may surprise you!
The staff would keep you entertained throughout the day with knowledgeable stories about the local area we would be passing at the time. Anytime wildlife was spotted in the surrounding areas the carriage in front would radio up for the other carriage to keep a look out. The staff were extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and their country and if you had any question you could ask away.
Arriving into Kamloops late at night, we were given our hotel room key and advised our bus number and when we stepped off the train the coach was conveniently waiting directly opposite. It was only a short transfer to the hotel and there was no need to wait around to check in as we already had our room key which was great because we were all quite tired. When we got into the room our luggage was already there waiting for us which was a lovely surprise!
The next morning we got up nice and early as the coach left at 6.00am and we were advised the day before just to leave our luggage in our room and it will be collect. We were also told just to leave the room key as there was no need to check out, this was great, definitely one of the smoothest operations I have ever experienced, there were no problems from start to finish.
Once on board the train we were advised we would be going for breakfast and lunch on the 2nd sitting. Which meant whilst we waited for our sitting, Whilst the staff would bring out hot scones and warm drinks, then at lunch time they would come round with cheese and crackers with red wine which set us up nicely for lunch!
During our lunch the scenery was amazing as the further into the mountains the train climbed the rivers changed colour and the views were spectacular. On the journey through the Rocky Mountains you’ll have the chance to see salmon swimming up river, eagles, mountain goats and maybe if you’re lucky a black bear.
Overall, the Rocky Mountaineer was an amazing experience I would recommend it to anyone.
Alychea Marshall, Cruise Expert