Our passengers enjoyed extended weekend of Pullman travel
to a fantastic destination, New Orleans- “The Big Easy” aboard
Dover Harbor. The trip
operated on Amtrak’s Crescent
, Dover Harbor and served as a hotel for four nights at the centrally located New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal.
The southbound odyssey started on Thursday evening, April 29, 2010, as our classic Pullman, Dover Harbor
departs Washington, D.C.’s Union Station. Passengers enjoyed a late evening supper as our train departed for the rolling hills of the Virginia countryside
. Then thy snuggle into authentic Pullman berth
as our train glided on its magic carpet of steel through the night.
We awoke as we approach Atlanta to a freshly prepared breakfast; It was time to relax, read, play cards, and enjoy the scenery and conversation. Later, our intrepid Pulman passengers savored lunch and dinner as our train marched through the heart of the "Old South" toward arrival in New Orleans on Friday evening, on-time.
We enjoyed the next three days wandering the city, taking in the annual New Orleans Jazz Fest (tickets not included), venturing into the heart of the French Quarter, touring the antebellum Garden District, riding the streetcars, and riverboat cruise on the Mississippi. And there was that fantastic New Orleans cuisine to enjoy. Continental breakfast was served each morning aboad the Dover Harbor.
We departed New Orleans aboard Dover Harbor early Tuesday morning, May 4, 2010, with Amtrak’s Crescent
for our return odyssey. Breakfast was served as we traveled across Lake Ponchartrain
, and then lunch while traveling northeastward through Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Dinner and the Atlanta skyline
greeted us before nightfall; then it was time retire to a Pullman berth
once more as the train rocked us gently to sleep.
Our guests awoke in the midst of the Virginia countryside on Tuesday morning; breakfast was served prior to our ahead of schedule mid-morning arrival in Washington, D.C.
*New Orleans photos by J. Lilly