- 2018 Alaskan cruise schedules are not yet released – expected early 2017
update 16 Mar 2017 – confirming Explorer of the Seas will do a cruise 10-17 Aug 2018 – our target ship and date. Now we are wait to see if our application for a group and conference space is accepted
- need to establish there is sufficient interest to support the cruise
update 16 Mar 2017 – response to our survey has confirmed there is strong interest
The proposed cruise
- preferred cruise ship – Explorer of the Seas (Voyager class – which has the best conference facilities we know of on a cruise ship)
Update 16 Mar 2017 – Explorer is now confirmed with regular weekly cruises from Seattle between May and September 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.
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
- 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.
- Sun – 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)
- Chris 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 Pharos. More about Chris.
- Dick 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
- an additional one day seminar – 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.
We are dependent on confirmation of our application for a group – and the group pricing offered, but the announced entry level list prices are for other currencies are as follows (conference price will be extra – to advised)
- Australia – AU$1513
- Britain – £835
- Europe – €1.098
- Canada – CA$1484
- United States – US$1119
The price includes taxes (as far as known). Gratuities (almost compulsory) are extra for at least some countries.
- these are entry level prices base on twin share in the lowest price inside cabin. Prices for single occupancy are expected to be 85-95% higher, depending on cabin category. Prices for a 3rd and 4th person in a cabin are lower.
- 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.
- 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.