Alaska pre & post cruise tour
Although you use this Alaska Railroad train ride to get from point A to B, it's a remarkable pre/post cruise excursion in itself. You pass through pristine Alaskan wilderness. Through large picture windows (see photo) you see vast glaciers, rugged snow-capped mountains, beautiful lakes, and wildlife, possibly even bears.
Goldstar vs. Adventure service
The Alaska Railroad train has two service categories: Goldstar (first class) and Adventure (standard class). Tickets for the first cost about twice as much as for the second. But it's worth it. You get:
Confirmed, full-time dome seats
Although standard class passengers have their own glass domed compartment (named Visa), they can use it for only 20 minutes at a time, as it must be shared with other passengers.
Better seats, newer furnishings
The Goldstar car is more comfortable and newer.
They are larger and higher windows for better viewing. See photo.
Open-air Goldstar viewing deck
This is quite an experience.
Preferred dining car seating
Eat when you want to eat.
The Alaska Railroad's 200 kilometer (130 mile) Anchorage-Seward trip takes 4 hours. The Anchorage-Denali journey lasts 7 hours.
Buses are less expensive and somewhat faster, but remember, you won't see as much of the enticing landscapes and wildlife habitats (which you came to Alaska to see). Also, passenger space is appreciably roomier, less confining on a train.
Click this link to go directly to the Alaska Railroad's website to book or for more information: Alaska Railroad
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