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DatePorts of CallArriveDepart
4 February 2014Sydney7.00pm
5 February 2014at sea
6 February 2014Melbourne8.00am8.00pm
7 February 2014at sea
8 February 2014Adelaide8.00am6.00pm
9 February 2014at sea
10 February 2014Hobart2.00pmovernight
11 February 2014Hobart5.00pm
12 February 2014at sea
13 February 2014Sydney6.00am













Shore tours offered by Royal Caribbean

Click here for general tours offered by Royal Caribbean on this cruise. These are booked either in advance or on the cruise itself if there are still vacancies. There are 48 tours offered in all in the four ports.

On shore genealogy/history related activities and places to visit

Click here for a short survey to help us organise groups to get to places of interest.

For those not doing one the tours offered by the cruise line here are some suggestions of genealogy/history related things to do and places to visit. If several are interested in visiting a particular place we can help coordinate groups to go by taxi or public transport where available.

  • genealogy societies normally charge a fee for non-members to use their library:
    • if are a member of another state society bring your current membership card. Some have reciprocal arrangements with other societies. You will need your membership card to prove you are a current financial member.
    • some state societies have agreed to allow free entry to members of our cruise group.
  • if you wish to research at a library or archives you may need to pre-order any books/records you may want to use
  • for some places a minimum number may be required to open for our group. In others the number may need to be limited.
  • you will need to allow time to get off the ship. Those booked on early tours from the ship will have precedence, so it may be an hour or so after the ship berths before you can leave the ship.
  • buses may be available from some ports to the city CBD (tram in Melbourne)
  • we will give further information where we can during the cruise about getting to places

Here are some suggestions. We will shortly run a poll of interest to help us coordinate groups

Sydney – before or after the cruise – 4 and 13 February 2014

  • Society of Australian Genealogists Library –  379 Kent St, Sydney (1.5 km from the cruise terminal) – – hours 10am to 4pm – reciprocal society visiting rights
  • State Library New South Wales – Macquarie Street, Sydney (1km from cruise terminal) – – hours 9am to 8pm
  • apart from these many other places are within reasonable walking distance of the cruise terminal – museums in the CBD and Darling Harbour, Opera House, city walking and bus tours, the Rocks area and more

Melbourne – 6 February 2014
Public transport should be available to the CBD and the Grand Lodge. A taxi may be needed for the Public Record Office and the Jewish Museum. But these are not far away and a full taxi though should keep the cost for each moderate.

  • Genealogical Society of Victoria – 257 Collins Street, Melbourne  (6 km from the cruise terminal) – – hours 10am to 4pm – reciprocal society visiting rights
  • State Library of Victoria – 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne (6km from cruise terminal) – – hours 10am to 9pm
  • Public Record Office Victoria – 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne (8 km from the cruise terminal) – – hours 10am to 4:30pm
  • Jewish Museum of Australia – 26 Alma Road, St Kilda (6 km from the cruise terminal) – – hours 10am to 4pm
  • the Grand Lodge Victoria (Freemasons – library/museum) – 300 Albert Street, East Melbourne (8km from cruise terminal) – – hours 8.30am to 2.30pm. We are advised that Melbourne’s tram system provides easy access to Grand Lodge from the cruise terminal Port Melbourne

Adelaide – 8 February 2014
Note buses may run to and from the CBD. For GenealogySA and Lutheran Archives transport will almost certainly need to be by taxi. A full taxi though should help keep the cost for each moderate however.

  • Genealogy SA (South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society) – 201 Unley Road, Unley  (26km from cruise terminal) – – hours 10:30am to 4:30pm. Free entry offered to all from our cruise group
  • State Library of South Australia – North Terrace, Adelaide  (22km from cruise terminal) – – hours 10am to 6pm
  • Lutheran Archives of Australia – 27 Fourth Street, Bowden (19km from cruise terminal) – – not normally open on Saturday, but will open 10am to 3pm if there are sufficient numbers to warrant this. There is normally a $15 charge for a half days research, buy they have agreed to a special $7 fee for any from our group. The is the archive for the Lutheran Church nationally. Visit the web site for a summary of their holdings.

Hobart – 10 and 11 February 2014
Note: Monday the 10th is a public holiday in Hobart – for the Royal Hobart Regatta. Places to research will not be open on that day, but should be back to normal on Tuesday.

Regatta activities will take place throughout Monday afternoon and evening – all just a short walk from the cruise terminal. For program, map and other details visit the Regatta web site.

The CBD is within easy walking distance of the cruise terminal. Public transport may be available to the Female Factory (to be confirmed). A taxi will almost certainly needed to get to the society. But this is not far away and a full taxi though should keep the cost for each moderate.

  • Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office (TAHO) – 91 Murray Street, Hobart  (1.2km from cruise terminal) – – open 9:30am to 6pm (Tuesday only).
  • Tasmanian Family History Society: Hobart Branch  (6km from cruise terminal) – Cambridge Road, Bellerive – – hours 12:30pm to 3:30pm Tuesday only (may open earlier if there are sufficient numbers interested). Free entry offered to all from our cruise group.
  • Cascades Female Factory historic site – 16 Degraves Street, South Hobart (4km from cruise terminal) – – hours 9.30am to 4pm (probably only suitable for Tuesday). Bus transport is given on the web site.
  • Military Museum of Tasmania  – Davey St, Hobart (1.5km from cruise terminal) – hours 9am-1pm Tuesday. Entry to the museum is $5