A 2020 cruise?
Our 16th cruise (Mediterranean – Sep Oct 2019) is the last cruise we have committed to. It may be the last we will ever do.

HOWEVER … if there is sufficient interest we will consider one more cruise in early 2020. It will be four years since we had an Australian-only cruise, so we are only proposing Australian itineraries. Some are shorter and very well priced, others longer visiting interesting new places and with more scope for a larger conference.

To help us decide, tell us which of the following seven 2020 candidate cruises are of interest to you.

CLICK HERE TO DO OUR SHORT SURVEY

All are on Royal Caribbean ships. Their prices and value for money are well ahead of any other cruise line – and their ships offer the best conferencing facilities.

Note – the guide prices below are as listed by Royal Caribbean in May 2018. These seem unusually low. It likely some or all will increase in future.


List of candidate cruises (from Sydney unless otherwise noted)

  • “Top end” cruise Sydney to Fremantle – 16 nights, 9 sea (conference) days, 9-25 Feb 2020 on Radiance of the Seas
  • Tasmania – 6 nights, 3 sea (conference) days, 19-25 Feb 2020 on Voyager of the Seas
  • “Bottom end” cruise Fremantle to New Zealand and Sydney – 18 nights, 9 sea (conference) days 25 Feb – 14 Mar 2020 on Radiance of the Seas
  • South Pacific and New Zealand – 10 nights, 6 sea (conference) days, 23 Mar – 2 Apr 2020 on Ovation of the Seas
  • South Pacific – 10 nights, 4 sea (conference) days, 30 Mar – 9 Apr 2020 on Voyager of the Seas
  • New Zealand – 9 nights, 3 sea (conference) days, 2-11 Apr 2020 on Ovation of the Seas
  • South Pacific and Queensland – 9 nights, 5 sea (conference) days, 11-20 Apr 2020 on Ovation of the Seas

More details on the candidate cruises

  • “Top end” cruise – one way from Sydney to Fremantle

    • 16 nights, 9-25 Feb 2020 on Radiance of the Seas
    • visiting Brisbane, Yorkey’s Knob (Cairns), Darwin, Denpasar (Bali), Port Hedland, Geraldton
    • 9 sea (conference) days
    • conference: 60-70 topics offered in a single stream (no competing sessions)
    • cruise cost at May 2018 from AU$2032 per person twin share
    • conference cost: genealogist – AU$450-$550, non-genealogy cabin partner – AU$200-$250

  • Tasmania
    • 6 nights, from Sydney 19-25 Feb 2020 on Voyager of the Seas
    • visiting Hobart and Melbourne
    • 3 sea (conference) days
    • conference: 40-50 topics offered in two or three theatres
    • cruise cost at May 2018 from AU$743 per person twin share
    • conference cost: genealogist – AU$350-$450, non-genealogy cabin partner – AU$150-$200

  • “Bottom end” cruise –  one way from Fremantle to New Zealand and Sydney
    • 18 nights, 25 Feb – 14 Mar 2020 on Radiance of the Seas
    • visiting Esperance, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa and Wellington
    • 9 sea (conference) days
    • conference: 60-70 topics offered in a single stream (no competing sessions)
    • cruise cost at May 2018 from AU$2212 per person twin share
    • conference cost: – genealogist – AU$450-$550, non-genealogy cabin partner – AU$200-$250

  • South Pacific and New Zealand
    • 10 nights from Sydney, 23 Mar – 2 Apr 2020 on Ovation of the Seas
    • visiting Noumea (New Caledonia), Mystery Island (Vanuatu) and Bay of Islands (New Zealand)
    • 6 sea (conference) days
    • conference: approx 50 topics offered in a single stream
    • cruise cost at May 2018 from $1638 per person twin share
    • conference cost: genealogist – AU$350-$450, non-genealogy cabin partner – AU$200-$250

  • South Pacific
    • 10 nights from Sydney, 30 Mar – 9 Apr 2020 on Voyager of the Seas
    • visiting Lifou, Mare Islands and Noumea (New Caledonia), Port Vila and Mystery Island (Vanuatu)
    • 4 sea (conference) days
    • conference: approx 50 topics offered in two theatres
    • cruise cost at May 2018 from $1211 per person twin share
    • conference cost: genealogist – AU$350-$450, non-genealogy cabin partner – AU$150-$200

  • New Zealand
    • 9 nights from Sydney, 2-11 Apr 2020 on Ovation of the Seas
    • visiting Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound, Dunedin, Wellington and Picton
    • 4 sea (conference) days
    • conference: approx 35-40 topics offered in a single stream
    • cruise cost at May 2018 from $1784 per person twin share
    • conference cost: genealogist – AU$350-$450, non-genealogy cabin partner – AU$150-$200

  • South Pacific and Queensland
    • 9 nights from Sydney, 11-20 Apr 2020 on Ovation of the Seas
    • visiting Noumea (New Caledonia), Mystery Island (Vanuatu) and Brisbane
    • 5 sea (conference) days
    • conference: approx 40-45 topics offered in a single stream
    • cruise cost at May 2018 from $1619 per person twin share
    • conference cost: genealogist – AU$350-$450, non-genealogy cabin partner – AU$150-$200

The conference
Any of the above cruises have enough sea days to allow for a significant conference.

Speakers
It is likely the cruise will feature a prominent international speaker, supported by other Australian and international speakers.

You can help ensure the cruise goes ahead by doing our 2020 cruise survey.

CLICK HERE to tell us of your interest.