Our comments on your comments

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

We appreciate that many took the time to give us some general comments and suggestions in our recent cruise survey (Jun-Sep 2015). We mention many of these here, along with our responses – to let you know what we could consider – and what we can’t – in response to your suggestions. Click here for your other responses to our cruise survey. Our choices of the cruises/itineraries are much more limited than many may think.  the need to vary itineraries – most Australian cruise itineraries are New Zealand and the South Pacific, but we have done each of these twice and it seems our people want new itineraries Most ships here do not have suitable conference facilities. Royal Caribbean ships (the larger ones), have the best Celebrity Solstice has a good conference centre, but there are problems with Celebrity and the conference centre itself ships from most other cruise lines do not suit our group requirements two ships, new to Australia (and P&O), give us significant additional possibilities limited cruise season (some are only) down under for most ships. This is further limited – December/January are not popular with our group. Even November and February are not ideal, so that the short window of March/April is the most acceptable time generally. That may change – P&O seems now to give us additional choice all year round with two conference suitable ships to operate from various Australian cities in future need to sign up early before conference meeting room is booked by others (as happened with our preferred 2017 cruise) Future cruise itineraries will mainly be from Australia The two British Isles based cruises we have done have all been great itineraries, with top-level conferences, but have not attracted enough overall (especially from the British Isles) to justify doing more in a hurry in Britain/Europe. Here are your suggested itineraries and our comments: Jewish eastern European – UK/European cruises not viable at present relocation cruise to Singapore –this (or Hong Kong) was one of our 2017 proposals, now unavailable to us, but remains a good possibility sometime after 2017 UK, Baltic & European river (several) – UK/European cruises not viable at present Japan (twice mentioned) –to the best of our knowledge there are only a few cruises going to Japan and those that do are generally very expensive. New Zealand (several) – our 2nd cruise was from New Zealand (to Sydney), and our coming 10th cruise (still open for bookings) will be from Auckland to Fremantle. Interest in these has not been strong enough to consider further New Zealand itineraries in the foreseeable future. prefer one way cruises –our 2nd, 10th, 12th and prospective cruise to Asia are one-way cruises. But apart from...

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Future cruises survey Jun-Sep 2015 – results

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

With the last of our announced cruises coming to the latter stages of bookings we ran a survey from June to September 2015 to gauge interest in possible further cruises. Here is a summary of the results. By weighting the different responses, ranging from not interested to definitely interested the following is the percentage of respondents estimated that are likely to come on each of the several cruise options: 2017 cruise options from eastern Australia 23% – from Sydney in late Jan, 8 nights – to Hobart Adelaide & Melbourne 14% – from Sydney in mid Feb, 8 nights – South Pacific 17% – from Sydney in early Mar, 10 nights – South Pacific 18% – from Sydney in mid Mar, 11 nights – South Pacific 17% – from Sydney in early Apr, 13 nights – South Pacific 35% – from Brisbane to Hong Kong, 18 nights (one way) (this option was initially Sydney to Singapore but changed when we found out the conference centre on the cruise concerned had already been booked by others. It has also a problem for 2017 – see note below. 2018 cruise possibility 34% – Alaska, between Jun and Oct, 7 nights from Seattle The cruise to Asia (initially Singapore, but then changed to Hong Kong) was the clearly preferred option for 2017 – and it appears there is sufficient interest in Alaska to consider this. Recent advice however may now rule out a Hong Kong cruise for 2017. See Unlock the Past cruises NL 19 – 15 October 2015 Back the square 1 – cruise planning 2017-19 for more information on alternatives now open to us. Comments on comments We appreciated that many of you took the time for some general comments and suggestions. The other suggestions and our acknowledgement in response makes this report on these quite lengthy. Click here to see your comments and...

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New bonuses and loyalty rewards

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

Click bonuses and rewards tab above for details: EVERY cruise and EVERY person who joins an Unlock the Past cruise up to $500 value on cruises with a lowest cabin price under $1000 more for higher-priced cruises – up to $1000 for cruises with a lowest cabin price over $3000 Everyone who joins us on an Unlock the Past cruise after 1 September 2015 will receive the following: Genealogy ebooks voucher—the value varies from $100 to $300 depending on the cruise. Visit the web site — www.gen-ebooks.com — for the full list of available titles (currently over 200) Archive Digital Books Australasia voucher discount voucher—choose any single collection up to AU$600 normal retail value. The value to the user varies from $50 and $450, depending on the cruise booked and value of the chosen product. Currently there is a choice of 52 products. Go to www.gould.com.au/usb for a full current title list. Unlock the Past cruise voucher—a  loyalty voucher from each UTP cruise you do towards a subsequent UTP cruise. the value varies from $50-$200 depending on the cruise. Go to www.unlockthepastcruises.com/cruises for currently booking cruises. Clean Cruising voucher—a $50 loyalty voucher towards a subsequent cruise booked with Clean Cruising, our cruise travel agent. The product vouchers are new. If you are sharing a cabin with a non-genealogy partner, they may allocate their ebooks and special collection vouchers to you. The Unlock the Past cruise voucher is a modified form of our loyalty discounts that have accrued to anyone booking a cruise in the past. Your next cruise can take advantage of previous discounts earned, but once they are used the new vouchers will supersede the former discounts. Click on our Cruise bonuses and loyalty rewards page for table showing more detail on the benefits in terms. Other benefits every person who books a cruise during 2015 is in our draw for over $6000 worth of prizes – drawn in January 2016. every person on a cruise is in the draw for prizes available for that particular cruise. These are worth many hundreds of dollars, often over $1000 in total for each cruise. Voucher values are in Australian currency...

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A 2017 Unlock the Past cruise

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Blog | 8 comments

Earlier this year we flagged the possibility of further cruises in 2017 and possibly beyond. We had a short survey with our blog about this, but at the time did not know 2017 cruise schedules. The early 2017 cruise schedules are now announced, and for best choice of cruises with suitable conference rooms, we should make a decision on whether to proceed and what cruise to request in the next few months. Brief review of cruises to date Our early cruises (1st to 4th) – all out of Australia – generally met or exceeded expectations based on our surveys. From mid 2014 the numbers for our next five cruises (5th to 9th) fell short of what our surveys suggested – and did not support the number of speakers we engaged. Several factors would have contributed to the lower response. Probably the main one is that the cost of those out of the UK in particular is much higher than for the cruises out of Australia – and even more so for Australians who make up the bulk of our numbers, who have international flights to add in. Another factor would be that with multiple cruises a year, some of our repeat cruisers, need to be more selective. Future cruises can be viable The largest expense in running any cruise is the cost of speaker support. By better management of this, and a focus more on the proven itineraries from eastern Australia, we can still offer cruises in future, even with lower numbers than we had on earlier cruises. We would still maintain a top line program with leading international presenters on our major Australian or international cruises, and leading Australian and New Zealand presenters on shorter Australian cruises. A 2017 cruise Royal Caribbean, whose ships have the best conference facilities, have released their early 2017 Australian schedules since our last blog about this. And there is double good news: their cruise prices are lower than they have been in previous years, probably because of the huge increase in capacity they will have in 2017 they will have 5 ships down under in 2017 (two more than they have had recently), including two Voyager class ships, the best they have for conferences. This gives us more flexibility and choice of cruises. We have not yet committed to any cruises in 2017 or beyond, but will likely do so if there is sufficient interest. To help us decide please tell us what you think. Tell us what you think We have set up a short survey, with the main cruise options available to us between January and April 2017, as well as outline of the itinerary and a guide to cost...

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Celebrity “Pick your Perk” offer

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

UPDATE: Sale extended to 31 May 2015 Celebrity Cruises currently have a great new bonus offer–for new bookings by 10 May 2015 [now 31 May]. Two of our cruises are eligible for this bonus offer: 8th Unlock the Past cruise – Baltic cruise – from England or Europe, visiting northern Europe, and Scandinavia on Celebrity Eclipse. 14 nights 11-25 July 2015 11th Unlock the Past cruise – Australian-New Zealand cruise, one way from Auckland to Fremantle (Perth) taking in various New Zealand and Australian ports on Celebrity Solstice. 18 nights from 14 February 2016 Simply book an Oceanview stateroom or above on either of the above cruises and choose the offer best for you. Free Classic beverage package for two Free gratuities for two (value AU$148-$154 per person) Up to US$300 onboard credit (approx AU$380 or £200) In addition the Baltic cruise bonus entitles you to a further US$200 on-board credit bonus. In all for the Baltic cruise the bonus offers total around US$500 (over AU$600 and £320). This offer applies on outside cabins and above only (not inside cabins).  Click here to see full details and terms and conditions of the offer. Go to the Pricing and booking page of whichever of the above cruises you are interested in and contact Ciaran of Clean Cruising (Ciaran@globenettravel.com.au) to discuss which benefit package is best for you. Book now with Clean Cruising, our cruise travel agent, before the offer closes on 31 May 2015 Other cruises currently booking 10th Unlock the Past cruise – 2 night short cruise out of Brisbane from 8 December 2015 12th Unlock the Past cruise – 7 nights from Brisbane to the Barrier Reef  from 6 March 2016 13th Unlock the Past cruise – 7 nights Rhine river from 31 July 2016 – from Amsterdam to Basel others under consideration:  – 2017 – a mid duration cruise out of Sydney – 2018 – Alaska (7 nights) Register your interest or book early to ensure the best choice of...

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New Unlock the Past cruises?

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

At about this time last year we set a two year schedule of cruises to give good notice and choice from a variety of itineraries, price levels and conference offerings. A 2017 cruise? We made no commitment at the time to do any more, but with the imminent release of another year’s schedules from the cruise lines we are considering 2017 possibilities. Celebrity, one of the two cruise lines with conference suitable ships have released their 2017 schedules, Royal Caribbean is the other cruise line we favour – their schedules are expected to be released soon. It looks likely they will have five ships in all operating out of Australia in 2016/17, bringing a huge increase in carrying capacity, and no doubt choice of itineraries, over what they had just three years ago. We have still made no commitment to further cruises, but if there is sufficient interest we will likely do so. Should we do any more we will probably favour cruises out of Brisbane or Sydney (the two Australian ports which Celebrity and Royal Caribbean ships operate from, and the states most of our cruisers come from) – sometime in the months February to April each year. If there is sufficient interest we will consider the occasional cruise in the northern hemisphere. Alaska would appear to be the most likely from outside Australia, and possibly another out of the UK. Future cruises will probably feature mid range duration (5 to 12 days) – to keep the cost and time away to reasonable levels, but at the same time allow good conference time continue featuring some of the best international presenters and an international program, but with smaller speaker teams overall. This has several advantages: keeps cruise costs within bounds, enabling us to run if necessary with smaller groups enables us to run a single stream program (or at most with only occasional parallel talks), to reduce the problem of competing talks running at the same time probably offer only one cruise a year, and at most two if we decide to run a northern hemisphere cruise in some years Tell us what you think We have set up a short survey to give us some guidance on this. It does include cruises currently booking, but also includes questions on possible 2017/18 cruises Click here to do the survey. Once we have the 1st quarter 2015 schedules from Royal Caribbean, we will identify the more likely itineraries and seek your preferences from a short candidates...

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