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“A bonus trip”
Review of Sea to Sky Climb - CLOSED

Sea to Sky Climb
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Owner description: Rocky Mountaineer’s Whistler Sea to Sky Climb route provides guests with an exclusive look at some of the most spectacular views in British Columbia. Following the famous Sea to Sky corridor, this three and a half hour train experience is a link between two world-class destinations, showcasing the host cities of the 2010Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia.
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Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A bonus trip”
Reviewed August 9, 2011

When we scheduled our Rocky Mountaineer Trip from Vancouver to Calgary we found we could also take a day trip from Vancouver to Whistler and back, which we did. This is a review of the Whistler Sea to Sky trip. Our train trip through the Rockies will be a separate review.
Current reviews of any Rocky Mountaineer trips seem to separate into two camps; those who enjoyed the trip in spite of the current strike and those who seem to be writing unfavorable reviews because they favor unions .
We were exceptionally lucky that the serving staff and narrators who filled in for the strikers in our car were long time company employees who normally work in the office or in marketing. One could tell they were very proud of their company and were very glad to pitch in and help.
We enjoyed the Gold Leaf service in a domed car which was great for viewing. We were served a very good breakfast going up and a fine high tea coming down. Service was excellent and the food was well prepared and tasty. I am unable to relate to reviews which complain of being told of views of interest after it was too late to see them as our narrator gave plenty of fair warning.
My wife and I will heartedly recommend the Whistler Sea to Sky trip to any of our friends who visit Vancouver. If I were to do it again, I would look into taking the float plane option one way and the train the other.

Visited August 2011
3 Thank Bizbox
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Stornoway, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2011

Took the 'Whistler sea to sky trip' a few days ago with my husband, brother and and children. We had been looking forward to this trip for months. I have to say we were very disappointed. The staff were locked out and replacement staff had taken their place. The replacement staff were very pleasant and, as a previous comment stated, it was not their fault that management had messed up. I have never had to cross a picket line before and was very uncomfortable doing so. However we had no choice as we were on holiday, from the UK, and could not go anywhere else. We also noticed the replacement staff to be a bit slow and forgetting to point out places of interest on time. Management really should have spent more time negotiating with their locked out staff. I am sure they are worth every cent and more.

Visited July 2011
2 Thank jefaji
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Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“Scenery amazing?”
Reviewed July 29, 2011

Our tour of the Yukon & Alaska started and finished in Vancouver and having driven through the Rockies several times before we know how stunning the views can be. This time we decided that we would take the Sea to Sky Tour on the Rocky Mountaineer. We travelled Dome service which was very good, very nice breakfast and the staff were very friendly and knowledgably. Probably one of the reasons people take this trip is the scenery, but be warned there is a lot of scenery that you can’t see as the trees along the route block out a lot. Whilst of course we understand that trees grow, as this route is about the scenery it is a pity that there is not some kind of “trimming” that can go on along the route without really damaging the trees so the views, instead of just the trees, can be photographed or filmed. There are a couple views of rushing water but on the whole the trip was disappointing. Included in this trip was our return to Vancouver by float plane, which was good but I think overall the cost of £611.25 (Sterling) ($916.16Canadian) was expensive for a very disappointing “day trip”.

Visited July 2011
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Disappointed with overpriced Gold Dome - untrained staff due to lock out.”
Reviewed July 13, 2011

Staff on Gold Dome Sea to Sky were obviously untrained - 2 days instead of 10 days training which the locked out staff receive. They did their best but were unable to cope with looking after clients as well as serving the food which was 2 star quality at best. We travelled on Canada Day and the only extra was the staff singing their national anthem.
Scenic points of interest and location of wild life were not pointed out until the train had passed the areas. Not much point in reading out info about bald eagles when their habitat was passed 10 minutes before.
We were very disappointed because of inadequate staff and poor food quality. We paid a lot of money for Gold Dome.
We did not complain as it would have ruined out holiday and upset other passengers and also it was not the fault of the staff but of management.
We travelled Jasper to Kamloops and Kamloops to Vencouver a few days before also with inexperienced staff and over priced service.
I never had to pass a picket before but had no choice as the money was paid and holiday planned months in advance.
Management should have solved their industrial relations situation and not had customers suffer. The company should have implemented a comprehensive contingency plan to ensure all travellers were well taken care of.

Visited June 2011
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Langley, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Great scenery, unique views”
Reviewed June 13, 2011

Recently we travelled on Whistler Mountaineer train for a second time. On this trip we reversed the order of travel and started our trip in Whistler, traveling to Vancouver, spending the night in the Pan Pacific Hotel, and returning to Whistler the following day. Our trip was outstanding, with great weather to highlight to fabulous scenery. We were even treated to a lovely sunset as we enjoyed dinner in the 5 Sails restaurant. We travelled in the red level coaches on this trip (previously we travelled gold level). The choice of red or gold really seems to come down to what you want to do during the trip. We spent most of our trip in the open observation car looking at the scenery which meant that the red coach was perfect for us. The scenery along Howe Sound and through Cheakamus Canyon are the major attractions on this trip and traveling on the rail line gives a very different perspective compared to the highway.

Visited June 2011
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