4th Unlock the Past Cruise: Day One, 4 February 2014

4th Unlock the Past Cruise: Day One, 4 February 2014

Believe it or not, I have a little time to blog!! I know, I’m geneacruising so how did I manage that? Well, actually I’m in port at Melbourne today, so rather than sightseeing the city, I’m making use of the non-“ship-priced” wifi!

Well I’m part way through Unlock the Past’s 4th Cruise, and wanted to start my rundown of the happenings.

My week started on Monday with a of airports and taxis, and Sydney’s humid weather, and a late dinner meeting up with Thomas MacEntee and Chris Paton and the Unlock the Past team.

L-R: Rosemary Kopittke, Anthea Phillips, Chris Paton, Alan Phillips, Thomas MacEntee and Alona Tester

L-R: Rosemary Kopittke, Anthea Phillips, Chris Paton, Alan Phillips, Thomas MacEntee and me (Alona Tester)

Tuesday 4th February was more taxis to get us to Sydney’s Circular Quay where the cruise terminal is, and where the Voyager of the Seas had docked. As part of the Unlock the Past organising team we were able to board by about 1.30pm. First up we found our cabins and dropped off our hand luggage, then headed up to Deck 11 to the Windjammer Cafe which has the most amazing buffet you can imagine.

Thomas MacEntee waiting to board

Thomas MacEntee waiting to board

After that I was involved with setting up the conference room, and getting people’s registration kits and name tags organised. That kept me (and the rest of the team) busy until dinnertime, where we made our way to the formal dining room.

formal dining room on the Voyager of the Seas

the formal dining room on the Voyager of the Seas

Dinner was very formal style with snazzy menus, waiters for the food, and waiters for the drinks and I was on a table with a bunch of others from the Unlock the Past cruise, which was nice, but as formal dining is really not my style, may not go back. But since it was the first night, so figured I’d better go.

During dinner the ship left port which was 7pm, and at 8pm there was a Meet and Greet which was a welcome to all geneacruisers, gave a few announcements and a number of group photographs were taken.

part of the crowd at the Meet and Greet

part of the crowd at the Meet and Greet

4th Unlock the Past Cruise Meet and Greet

4th Unlock the Past Cruise Meet and Greet

Alan Phillips from Unlock the Past and Anna Russell from Clean Cruising at the Meet and Greet

Alan Phillips from Unlock the Past and Anna Russell from Clean Cruising at the Meet and Greet

the geneabloggers

the geneabloggers

I was going to give you two days of rundown, but since my free wifi is nearly over for the day, I shall cut it short,and end it at Day 1. So stay tuned for more when I get more of a chance to get online.

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5 Responses to “4th Unlock the Past Cruise: Day One, 4 February 2014”

  1. Crissouli says:

    Great to see, Alona… how many are actually part of the geneacruisers?

  2. Alex Daw says:

    Fantastic! Well done Alona!

  3. My wifi is still working Cris so I’ll answer for Alona – there are just under 250 geneacruisers so I believe.

  4. Crissouli says:

    Thanks for that, Jill… just curious. What a great amount of information that will be shared during and post cruise…. What I always look for, are the variations on what others remembered, what were the standouts for them. I learn more from these snippets that come to fore, than any handouts, as the witness principle applies, many witnesses, many versions, but each with something of great importance.

  5. Cody Gill says:

    Great! Travelling is my Hobby and i wanna see the entire world. I had three cruising till now and my last cruise was at Sydney Harbour. Such an amazing experience i had there. Cruising really worth especially day cruises – sight seeing by water. I must say that everyone should cruise and experience how breath-taking it is.

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