Map Alaska RCIWe have often been asked about a cruise to Alaska. Now we have provisionally committed to one in August 2018.

Why provisional?

  • 2018 Alaskan cruise schedules are not yet released – expected early 2017
  • need to establish there is sufficient interest to support the cruise

The proposed cruise – based on known cruises for 2016 and 2017, which we expect to be similar in 2018

  • preferred cruise ship – Explorer of the Seas (Voyager class – which has the best conference facilities we know of on a cruise ship). Explorer currently (2016 and 2017) does northern summer seasons out of Seattle – 7 night cruises (Friday to Friday) to Alaska and is expected to do so again in 2018
  • target date – 10-17 August 2018. This will allow those interested in also attending the 2018 FGS conference in the US to do both – with less than week between.
  • presenters – Chris Paton and Dick Eastman (both provisional). Others to be advised.

BOOK NOW (provisional no obligation “booking” at this stage) – if you are definitely or reasonably likely to be interested in this cruise, you can help make this cruise happen by placing a provisional booking. We are not asking for a deposit just a fair expression of your interest (definite, probable or possible) on the Alaskan cruise reply form – as far as you can at this early stage.

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Click here or the icon at the left to go to the interest registration form
Your responses will be the major guide as to whether this cruise goes ahead – or not.

Itinerary for the proposed cruise
(based on known 2017 cruises)

  • Fri – Seattle, USA depart 4pm
  • Sat – at sea
  • Sun – Inside Passage, Canada (cruising) – see the rugged beauty of the islands and mainland coast of southern Alaska. The views include glaciers, fjords, soaring cliffs and misty northern rainforest.
  • MGSun – Juneau, USA 12noon to 9pm – surrounded by fjords, forest and snow-capped mountains, Juneau is one gorgeous state capital. Its historic city centre harkens back to its gold-rush origins and you can still pan for gold. But nature is the priceless treasure.
  • Mon – Skagway, USA  7am to 8:30pm – the great Klondike Rush lives on in Skagway’s charming city centre of restored 19th-century buildings and its historic railway. From the vintage train, admire the mountains and see the 1898 trail that fortune seekers travelled on foot.
  • Tue – Tracy Arm, USA 7am to 12noon – just south of Juneau lies the magnificent Tracy Arm Fjord, carved by glacier activity. Among the sights to admire from the icy waters are waterfalls cascading down 900-m (3,000-ft)-high granite walls.
  • Wed – at sea
  • Thu – Victoria, Canada 9am to 6pm – the capital of British Columbia is filled with blooming gardens, heritage architecture and historic charm. The heart of Victoria is its scenic harbour and Old Town, compact areas that are made for strolling and easily explored on foot.
  • Fri – Seattle, USA arrive 6am


  • based on other genealogy cruises that have done a similar itinerary we expect to have 2-1/2 days at sea for a good conference program. This should allow for about 20 talks in the main stream and 10-20 talks (if we run with this option) in a second parallel stream
  • speakers (both provisional until the cruise is committed and the date confirmed)
    • SNP CandidatesChris Paton (Scotland) – Chris  is one of the most sought after presenters in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Ireland, Canada and the US.  Originally from Northern Ireland, he a Scottish based professional genealogist, running the Scotland’s Greatest Story ancestral research service. A regular contributor to several UK and Ireland based family history publications, and author of many family history books (9 of them for Unlock the Past, he also writes the daily The GENES blog with top stories concerning ancestral research in Britain, Ireland, and their diasporas. A holder of a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies, Chris has tutored for the University of Strathclyde’s postgraduate genealogical studies program, and teaches online Scottish genealogy courses through PharosMore about Chris.
    • Eastman 120Dick Eastman (United States) – Dick is widely known internationally for his Eastman’s online genealogy newsletter. He has been involved in genealogy for more than 30 years. He has worked in the computer industry for over 40 years in hardware, software, and managerial positions. By the early 1970s, Dick was already using a mainframe computer to enter his family data on punch cards. He built his first home computer in 1980. More about Dick.
    • other supporting presenters from Australia, New Zealand, North America and the UK
  • because of the more limited program during the cruise we are considering an optional full day seminar program in Seattle for those interested – before or after the cruise with other leading north American speakers.

Further tour options
Many coming from a distance may want to maximise the value of the travel to north America. We will consider offering or advising on optional additional tour packages.

As a guide here is the current (at 31 Dec 2016) entry level list pricing for the 11 Aug 2017 cruise on Explorer of the Seas – our target ship and nearest equivalent date to what we propose for 2018 – taken from the various Royal Caribbean sites for each country (NZ converted from Australia)

  • Australia – AU$1852 (up from AU$1363 in May 2016)
  • New Zealand – NZ$1930 approx (up from NZ$1420 (up from AU$1363 in May 2016)
  • Britain –  £1027 (up from £752 in May 2016)
  • Europe –  €1.247 (up from €943 in May 2016)
  • Canada – CA$1489 (up from CA$1300 in May 2016)
  • United States – US$1127 (up from US$1001 in May 2016)


  • these are entry level prices base on twin share in the lowest price inside cabin. Prices for single occupancy are generally 60% – 80% higher. Prices for a 3rd and 4th person in a cabin are lower.
  • these are for a 1 Sep 2017 cruise. 2018 prices may be higher.
  • cruise lines offer special deals at times. These are usually bonus extras rather than discounts on the cruise price

The cruise conference fee will be added to the cruise cost – and probably booked separately from the cruise fare – in Australian currency (converted to the relevant currency at the rate of the day. It will depend on the final commitment to speakers but is likely to be between AU$250 and AU$350. The conference cost is more than offset by the bonuses offered on this cruise – see below.

As a guide in other currencies (Jan 2017) multiply the AU$ figure by 1.04 (New Zealand) 0.60 (Britain), (0.70 Euro), 0.75 (US) and 1.00 (Canada).

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Cruise bonuses

  • Up to AU$660 in cruise bonuses and loyalty rewards. Click here for details.
  • Entry into the draw for over $1000 worth of prizes on the cruise.