14th Unlock the Past Cruise: Alaska – 8 Months Away

I’ll admit it. I’m a genealogy cruise fan (aka geneacruiser).

I’ve been on 5 already with Unlock the Past cruises, and have cruised around Australia, the Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Scandinavia and the Baltic, and the UK. Not only have I seen some amazing places along the way, I’ve also learnt so much from the speakers onboard, and made many new friends as well. All in all, they are a whole lot of fun.

Anyway this year I’m off to Alaska on what is Unlock the Past’s 14th cruise. And I’m just a little bit excited? Can you tell? I’ve even got a countdown app on my phone … and it tells me that as of today, there’s just 8 months to go.

So what’s a genealogy cruise? Or more to the point I should say what’s an Unlock the Past genealogy cruise? Well, essentially it’s a genealogy conference on board a cruise ship.

So just like a regular cruise you get your comfy room, meals included, entertainment onboard, and you get to sightsee along the way, but with a genealogy cruise, during the seas days you can attend a genealogy conference onboard, which sounds perfect to me.

They have a whole schedule of talks planned, and you simply pick and choose any you’re interested in, and you can read, swim (ok, maybe not swim on a Winter-time Alaska cruise), chitchat over coffee with friends or whatever else the rest of the time. No pressure. And if you are travelling with non-genie family or friends, there is plenty of ships activities that can keep them amused while you’re busy conferencing with many of the world’s best.

So the details … 

WHEN: 7-14 September 2018

ITINERARY: Seattle, USA > Inside Passage, Canada > Juneau, USA > Skagway, USA > Tracy Arm, USA > Victoria, Canada > Seattle, USA

SHIP: Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas 

COST: from AU$1860 (approx US$1460, GB£1100) and includes all onboard accommodation, standard meals, taxes, gratuities and conference cost.

Dick Eastman (USA),
Dr Janet Few (England)
Jan Gow (New Zealand)
Caroline Gurney (England)
Shauna Hicks (Australia)
Cyndi Ingle (USA)
Eric Kopittke (Australia)
Rosemary Kopittke (Australia)
Kae Lewis (USA / New Zealand)
Mike Murray (Australia)
Mile High Transcripts (USA)
Michelle Patient (New Zealand)
Chris Paton (Scotland)
Pat Richley-Erickson (aka Dear Myrtle) (USA)
Helen Smith (Australia)
Mary Stutters (Australia)
Ed Thompson (from Evidentia software) (USA)

Just think of what you can learn from all of these incredible presenters.

The program hasn’t been finalised yet, but there is likely to be about 45 presentations, which will be held in 2-3 streams. And as with all Unlock the Past cruises, they will offer the Research Help Zone sessions, which give cruisers the opportunity for one-on-one help from experts to help you with your brickwall.

Some come and join me and a bunch of others who have already booked for this awesome cruise, on what will be a trip of a lifetime.

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