Announcing a provisional scheduling of the first of two proposed Baltic cruises around mid 2015.

Baltic Eclipse 14 nights

itinerary – click image to enlarge

At this stage this cruise is provisional only

  • we have been granted a limited number of cabins for our group
  • we have submitted application for conference space – Eclipse has a 200 seat dedicated conference centre and a dedicated theatre 200 seat theatre which we hope to get some time in

Should we get an acceptable level of conference space/time the cruise is almost certain to be confirmed. We hope to be able to confirm this by mid to late April.

 

Why announce a cruise that is not yet confirmed?

  • many people have (as we have) been anticipating this cruise for a long time
  • although it is still provisional it is fairly likely to be approved, but in the unlikely event it isn’t there are other cruises near this time that we can consider
  • although bookings cannot open until the cruise is committed, announcing a target cruise and date will give you some time to consider this before it opens for bookings

Itinerary

Date Port/City  Arrival  Departure
Saturday 11 Jul 2015 Southampton, England  4:30 PM
Sunday 12 Jul 2015 Bruges, (Zeebrugge), Belgium  7:00 AM  3:00 PM
Monday 13 Jul 2015 at sea
Tuesday 14 Jul 2015 Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany  9:30 AM  11:59 PM
Wednesday 15 Jul 2015 at sea
Thursday 16 Jul 2015 Tallinn, Estonia  10:00 AM  5:00 PM
Friday 17 Jul 2015 St Petersburg, Russia  7:00 AM
Saturday 18 Jul 2015 St Petersburg, Russia  6:00 PM
Sunday 19 Jul 2015 Helsinki, Finland  8:00 AM  5:00 PM
Monday 20 Jul 2015 Stockholm, Sweden  9:00 AM  4:00 PM
Tuesday 21 Jul 2015 at sea
Wednesday 22 Jul 2015 Copenhagen, Denmark  10:00 AM  11:59 PM
Thursday 23 Jul 2015 at sea
Friday 24 Jul 2015 at sea
Saturday 25 Jul 2015 Southampton, England  5:30 AM

 

The conference will feature:

  • an international team of some of the best presenters available
  • a wide-ranging program, probably more comprehensive than any other genealogy conference (on land or sea) has ever offered. The extent of this will depend on how much access we finally granted to conference rooms on the ship
  • Research Help Zone sessions for expert one-on-one or small group advice
  • thousands of dollars worth of prizes (over $6000 were offered on our 4th cruise)

Cost
We expect to be able to advise cabin categories available and prices once our conference room has been confirmed – as we hope it will be. The anticipated entry-level pricing is around AU$2900 (approx US$2700 and £1650), but this is subject to confirmation. This will include all standard meals, accommodation, gratuities (normally a compulsory extra), all conference sessions and access to specialised expert help during the cruise.

 

Celebrity Eclipse – click to enlarge

The ship
Celebrity Eclipse is one of a fleet of five Solstice class ships (Celebrity) which offer a premium quality cruise, and have some of the highest ratings by Berlitz for large cruise ships. Ninety percent of staterooms have an outside view, and of these 95% have a balcony – more than any other superliner in the world. Standard cabins have a sofa or convertible sofa bed, twin beds that convert to a double bed, plenty of storage space, personal safe, mini-bar/refrigerator, interactive TV, and good-size bathroom. The cabins are nicely decorated and appealing with warm wood-finish furniture. You’ll be provided with robe, tote bag, bath products, hairdryer and safe, and twice-daily room service. Some balcony staterooms are interconnecting. Suites have more space, butler service, better amenities and personal service. There are no single cabins, and 30 wheelchair-accessible cabins.

 

A 2nd Baltic cruise?
It is still our intention to run a 2nd Baltic cruise, possibly on a Royal Caribbean ship with larger conference space – or maybe on another Celebrity ship. We are still waiting on Royal Caribbean schedules to be released, but expect these before mid-April. The 2nd cruise to the Baltic is planned because of the very considerable interest in this itinerary in 2015. This also offers choice of time to suit, entirely different programs and speaker teams and probably a slightly different itinerary. But primarily because the numbers our cruise surveys suggest would be too great to accommodate just one cruise – the conference space limitations would probably require the numbers to be capped, with many people missing out.

Update 5 April–we have been considering this  second cruise for some time, but we are still waiting on further cruise schedules to choose from (expected mid to late April). It has been suggested that this 2nd cruise in the region might be offered with a quite different itinerary – either to Norway/Iceland or the Western Mediterranean – to offer a quite different choice.