Being aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is a lot like being on a cruise ship. There’s an overarching emphasis on pampering the travelers. Each train car has legions of people waiting on you hand and foot and pointing out that osprey nest that is coming up around the corner, or the big horn sheep trotting by.
Oh, yeah — there’s also a lot of focus on food and drink.
Every car has its own white tablecloth dining room and kitchen. You get seated with other travelers in your car — so far, we’ve broken bread with a couple from Florida and a couple from Germany — and you order your main course off the menu while they bring you other treats, like the fruit concoction pictured above that we got at breakfast. It was a kind of delicious combination of orange juice and fruit sections, topped with a plump, juicy, tart gooseberry. Not a bad way to start your breakfast!
In addition to the two sit-down meals, you’re also plied with snacks and as many drinks as you can inhale, the better to appreciate the scenery rolling by. It’s a pretty civilized way to travel. Call it truising — or maybe craining.