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All reviews reserved seats dining car great train ride hour ride approximately hours land and sea land portion domed cars sunny day views of the mountains picture taking awesome views interesting facts carriage domes talkeetna route
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the train to Whittier as part of an Alaskan cruise. The dome top made this a great travel experience. It is a long trip but you really get to see a lot of the countryside that you wouldn't really be exposed to otherwise. We...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Hollywood_Consumer
Reviewed September 15, 2018

Boarded the train in Whittier after leaving our ship. The view from the upper deck of all windows was breath taking. Since it was a sunny day and very clear, we were able to see Denali, his wife, and their son all at the same...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Pamela C
Reviewed September 12, 2018

We had excellent seats being in the front row of the car on the train right behind the locomotive. The seats were very comfortable and the staff are very helpful and friendly. The eating area was on the first floor with cloth table clothes and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Phil R
Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

Took this train from Anchorage to Denali. It’s glass domed roof helped us to appreciate the expanse of what we were seeing. This is a first class, luxurious train. Dining car, which is on the lower level, offers gourmet selections well-made choices. Great way to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Patricia S
Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

We rode the train from Whittier to denali yesterday. The passenger cars are quite nice with a panoramic view. James and his fiancé Chelsea were very knowledgeable and were quite enjoyable and very personable. We were on the train for ten hours which is too...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank mjswansona
Reviewed June 24, 2018

Like many travellers this journey was part of a combined land/cruise package for us. We were coached from our Anchorage hotel and quickly on to the train and into our reserved seats. These were in the upper, panorama section of the carriage and were just...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 17, 2018

What a fantastic train ride and the staff were so accommodating. This is an exciting way to travel with beautiful views, great food to purchase, dining room beneath your carriage, complete bar, super clean toilets and comfy seats. You could not ask for more.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Xanerin
Reviewed November 9, 2017

Great way to see the Alaskan landscape, Huge carriage with large picture windows. Great commentary and drinks and snacks to your seat. Dining room underneath. All facilities and with the commentary you never miss anything. Highly recommended but do the land portion before your cruise.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank geoffa007
Reviewed November 5, 2017

This was part of our Holland America Tour, we had reserved seats in a glass domed carriage, you can have breakfast and lunch downstairs in the dining area if you wish. the seats are comfortable and spacious and there was a bar area at the...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank cnomis
Reviewed October 4, 2017

This train ride was part of our land and sea trip booked through Holland America. The train was great. We had reserved seats upstairs in the dome car so, if you went downstairs to eat or use the restroom, you did not have to fear...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Charlotte M
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November 15, 2017|
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Response from Wendy F | Reviewed this property |
The bathrooms on the train are similar to an airline bathroom, just a bit larger.
July 4, 2016|
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Response from TonyC216 | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately I don't know!
March 2, 2016|
Response from Robert v | Reviewed this property |
not inside the vista cars but there are open air platforms where it is allowed. this is also the best place to take pictures