One Baltic cruise or two?

Update 27 March 2014 – we have announced a provisional 1st Baltic cruise in a blog. Click here for more information.

With the very strong interest in the proposed Baltic cruise we are considering offering two different Baltic cruises, with choice of:

  • date
  • slightly different itineraries
  • different ships
  • different programs and presenter teams.

Target cruise dates based on 2014 schedules (if repeated in 2015) are:

  • June 2015 – if only one is offered or the first one if two are offered
  • August 2015 – if a second Baltic cruises is offered

We cannot sign up to Baltic cruises until mid 2015 schedules for the proposed cruise lines are released - expected March/April 2014.

But we also need your feedback before then to prepare us to make a quick decision (on one cruise or two) at the earliest possible opportunity to be sure of getting a group allocation. TELL US NOW what your preferences are with our all-new 2014-2017 cruises survey - www.unlockthepastcruises.com/your-say

Our decision between one or two Baltic cruises will be based almost solely on the results of this survey. If you have any interest in a Baltic cruise, please do the new survey, even if you have done a previous cruise survey (earlier surveys won’t be taken into account for in any decision about a possible second Baltic cruise). And of course we would like your feedback on other cruises, especially a proposed 2016 European river cruise.

NOTE: 2015 Baltic cruise schedules are not yet released and we cannot be sure of a group allocation on any until they are, but if 2015 schedules are similar to 2014 and we can get a group contract these are our target cruises/itineraries.


a June 2015 Baltic cruise

if only one Baltic cruise is offered or the first one if two are offered

  • possibly a Royal Carribbean Voyager class ship (but could be with another cruise line)
  • 12-14 nights duration with 7/8 days in ports and 4/5 days at sea
  • prices (excluding travel to and from departure port) expected to start from about GB£1400 / US$2200 – AU$2400 twin share. This is a broad guide only based on current pricing indications and exchange rates

Itinerary: No 2015 itineraries are yet published. Here is an indicative 12 night cruise from the 2014 Royal Caribbean program – with a schedule similar to what we are aiming at:

  • Baltic cruise 2Southampton, England – depart
  • cruise all day
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • cruise all day
  • Tallinn, Estonia
  • St Petersburg, Russia
  • St Petersburg, Russia
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • cruise all day
  • cruise all day
  • Zeebrugge (Brussels), Belgium
  • Southampton, England

an August 2015 Baltic cruise

the second Baltic cruise if two are offered

  • possibly a Celebrity ship (but could be with another cruise line)
  • 12-14 nights duration with 7/8 days in ports and 4/5 days at sea
  • prices (excluding travel to and from departure port) expected to start from about GB£1500 / US$2500 /AU$2700 twin share. This is a broad guide only based on current pricing indications and exchange rates

Itinerary: No 2015 itineraries are yet published. Here is an indicative 12 night cruise from the 2014 Celebrity program – with a schedule similar to what we are aiming at:

  • Baltic Celebrity Constellation 240Amsterdam (Netherlands) – depart
  • at sea
  • Berlin (Warnemunde, Germany)
  • at sea
  • Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Helsinki (Finland)
  • St Petersburg (Russia)
  • St Petersburg (Russia)
  • Tallinn (Estonia)
  • at sea
  • Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • at sea
  • Amsterdam (Netherlands)

About the cruise/s

  • an international team of 15-20 presenters and an international program
  • 80-100 topics in all are planned, some as parallel electives
  • about 10 Research Help Zone sessions for:

    • one on one or small group sessions with an expert
    • special interest groups and topics
  • no talks will be scheduled while the ship is in port
  • there is already strong interest in this cruise from leading presenters from Britain, Ireland, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

In all a wonderful opportunity to learn, network and interact with all fellow genealogy cruisers and experts – genealogically and socially

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