I've gone to New Orleans a few times on the Crescent. I always upgrade from the basic coach seat to either a roomette or a full bedroom. And here's why: you get your meals included in the price, PLUS you get a private bathroom or toilet, and you can stretch out on the bed, unlike in coach. Also coach seating can be very cattle-herd-like, complete with screaming kids and smelly adults. You also have YOUR OWN personal attendant. I was pampered. Round trip Atlanta to New Orleans, under $200, for a bedroom and six meals included. Yes, they can have delays, but this is the fault of the national rail system. Be advised I did sit on a train that sat still for *six* hours somewhere near Tuscaloosa one summer. We arrived into New Orleans nine hours behind schedule (4 a.m.) and that kind of ruined that first evening in New Orleans.
Posted: 9/25/2007 • Last edited: 8/18/2008 • Link to this review
if you need to get someplace fast, this is not the option you want. but if you enjoy leisurely travel and not feeling like you're being hearded like cattle, this is the way to go. there can sometimes be delays, so be prepared, but the service is usually good and the ride scenic
Posted: 5/04/2005 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
I enjoy traveling by train. I have taken the Cresent to New Orleans a couple of times and I have enjoyed being able to relax in a big seat and look out the windows. The food is OK but a little pricey. Yes, it takes a lot longer to reach New Orleans than driving. But it takes you into the city and getting to area hotels is easy. If you are not in a hurry then give Amtrak a try.
Posted: 4/18/2005 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review