Rocky Mountaineer Tour – Part Four – Jasper to Banff

Jasper to Banff

So, I left the Train yesterday and stayed at the Fairmont Jasper Lodge overnight.

We are now guests of Brewster’s Coaches on behalf of Rocky Mountaineer.  The Journey through the National Parks will continue by coach. It is not for everyone, but it is a great way to relax and enjoy the scenery whilst stopping off at all the key points of interest along the way. The Drivers are very knowledgeable and will from time to time narrate information to you as you drive.

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Rocky Mountaineer – Part Three

Kamloops to Jasper.

This morning we left for the station early again as the train was leaving at 7.15am.

Today I am experiencing the Silver Leaf Service. The Silver Leaf carriages are a single storey carriage but have large panoramic windows with an additional curved glass panel as the roof curves although the centre of the roof is solid unlike on the Gold Leaf.  The windows allow you to see the scenery well so don’t worry about missing out.

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My Rocky Mountaineer Adventure Part Two

Vancouver to Kamloops

I stayed the night in Vancouver at the Hampton Inn and Suites which would be classed as a Silver Leaf Hotel. It was a good location next to the BC Place Stadium, home of Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The Hotel Room was Spacious and had everything you need for a comfortable stay including a birds eye view of the Stadium.

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My Rocky Mountaineer Adventure – Part One

The Journey.

So it begins. the start of my adventure. This trip is one of my Top Bucket list destinations and I cannot wait.

I thought I would share with you some of the incites from my journey. I was obviously travelling alone which I know some people find daunting but really it isn’t.  I said goodbye to my lovely husband at Doncaster rail station and boarded the direct Trans Pennine express train to Manchester Airport. The train was on time and the journey uneventful. The seats were comfortable and the Coffee was warm and wet if not Starbucks Standard by far. I arrived just under 2 hours later into the Airport. As I was travelling from Terminal 3 it is a bit of a hike from the station taking about 15-20 minutes as the wait for lifts can be a little bit tedious with a suitcase.  However, I arrived and proceeded to the baggage drop as I already had my boarding pass. Luggage dispensed with I headed for security which can be a bit of a pain but today the queues were small and I was done and dusted in 15 minutes.

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Dream Vacation

Well as you read this blog I am somewhere in the Canadian Rockies on an experience of a lifetime

courtesy of my wonderful employers Cruise.co.uk and the Rocky Mountaineer Company.

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The Low Down on Cruise Drinks Packages!

Are Cruise Line Drinks Packages really good value for money?

I say this as I have had a few issues with customers being disappointed at what they have received once they board the ship.  Most Companies have restrictions on their Drinks packages either quoting specific drinks or Brands that are included or a monetary value that you can order up to for example Drinks on the menu up to $8. They often have more than one level of Package as well and this is where you need to check, as more often than not, if the Drinks Package is Free it is the lower option or even a special option not usually available and not the top package.

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HURRICANE SEASON

If you are unaware of the Hurricane situation in the Atlantic at the moment, then you may well have been on another planet as it has dominated the News for the last week or more.

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Mega ships Galore

Is the world ready for yet more megaships?

In light of recent speculation that cruise lines are not doing enough to lessen their impact on the environment the rate at which these mega ships are being cranked out seems ludicrous.  Especially as some of the ports are not really geared for the large number of ships docking at one time. Where exactly are they all going to go?

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How can I manage without my selfie stick?

Whether you think they are obnoxious devices or whether you love yours, the fact is they are being banned in many destinations. So, if you are thinking of taking one on your next cruise be warned.

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Common Courtesy

Coming from a back ground where I worked in a Travel Agency on the high-street I was mainly used to meeting customers face to face.  When I started at cruise.co.uk which was almost 4 years ago I had to adapt to a new way of working. Speaking to people on the phone it is sometimes hard to gauge how they feel about a holiday or a price as you cannot see their facial expressions.

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