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This page will give responses to questions that arise, including some raised by those who responded to our cruise interest survey prior to confirmation of the cruise in April 2017.


BOOKING

Q1. I live in Victoria, Canada. Can I depart from and/or finish the cruise in Victoria?
A. The ship starts from Seattle, so that is the only place you can join the cruise. It may be possible to leave when we stop at Victoria on the last full cruise day, but you would probably need to pre-arrange that with the ship during the cruise. The last evening is also usually a final windup session for our group – with a shorter special talk, the prize draw and group photos.

Q2. Can I book with another travel agent?
A. Yes, but it will be at the rate of day which is very likely to be higher than our group contract rate. This gives you full conference participation, plus most of the bonuses and rewards as listed on the main pricing and booking page. The differences for those NOT booking with our agent:

  • higher conference fee – AU$380 rather than the usual AU$300 fee (a non genealogy partner sharing the cabin is AU$150 – no matter who you book with)
  • very likely a higher cruise fare than our rates, especially if booking a balcony or higher. But this depends on the exchange rate at the time of booking
  • you don’t get the AU$50 Clean Cruising voucher if booked with another agent
  • you may not be able join our evening dining group (main dining room only). Royal Caribbean allocate tables and our group is separate from others. We will try to bring in those outside our group nearer the time, but can’t be sure that is possible. You should at least request 6pm dining, as our group has – if you want to attend any of our after dinner sessions.
  • you will need to book the conference fee directly with us (securely online or send payment some other way). This is not necessary when booking with our Clean Cruising, our main cruise agent.

Q3. Can I share a cabin with more than just one other person to help with cost?
It is possible but we do not have any 3 or 4 berth cabins in our group. You would have to book outside our group allocation. The differences are similar to those noted in responses to the previous question – though the AU$50 Clean Cruising voucher applies and there is no need for separate conference booking

  • higher conference fee – AU$380 rather than the usual AU$300 fee (a non genealogy partner sharing the cabin is AU$150 – no matter who you book with)
  • very likely a higher cruise fare than our rates, especially if booking a balcony or higher. But this depends on the exchange rate at the time of booking
  • you may not be able join our evening dining group (main dining room only). Royal Caribbean allocate tables and our group is separate from others. We will try to bring in those outside our group nearer the time, but can’t be sure that is possible. You should at least request 6pm dining, as our group has – if you want to attend any of our after dinner sessions.
  • you would almost certainly need to find your own cabin companions. We can often find someone to share a twin cabin, but it is very unlikely we could get offers to share as a 3rd or 4th person

Q4. My spouse/partner/friend sharing a cabin with me is not into genealogy. Does he/she need to pay the conference fee?
A1 – yes if booking a cabin from our group and are interested in attending a few general interest sessions ad most of the cruise benefits and loyalty rewards, plus the cruise prize draw. But it can be at the lower non-genealogy partner rate if their conference participation is limited.
A2 – no if booking a cabin outside our group allocation and they want no participation in any sessions or any cruise benefits and loyalty rewards – and the prize draw (it is not uncommon for  a non-genealogy partner to win one of the cruise prizes – for their genealogy partner of course). The conference is AU$80 higher if booking a cabin outside our group allocation – AU$380


THE CONFERENCE

Q5. What level will the talks be?
A. A range of levels. With three parallel streams in three theatres there will be choice of topic and level to suit most people.