Unlock the Past cruises are unique

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

We are sometimes asked if a spouse or partner who is not into genealogy can join our cruise without paying the conference component of the fare. We considered initially the possibility of setting up a two-tiered pricing structure – one price being the cruise only and the other being combined cruise/conference price. However we have adopted a pricing structure that requires both partners in a shared cabin to pay the conference inclusive price – which is considerably lower than if we had a two-tiered pricing structure. …

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Alert – cruise selling out – prices rising

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

11th cruise (Auckland to Fremantle) selling out – but we still have some left

The final ocean cruise on our two-year program, our 11th, an 18 nights cruise from Auckland to Fremantle is still 14 months away. However the Celebrity cruises website shows that every cabin category but one, has already sold out. They still list the inside category as available, but only have a very limited number of these. …

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100s of $$ bonuses on Baltic and New Zealand – Australia cruises

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

You asked and we listened… Our most popular promotion – 123Go is back! (Celebrity web site) It’s back … Celebrity’s popular sale previously offered in June and July is once again offered for a few short weeks. Book before the offer closes on 10 November 2014 Two of our cruises are eligible for these bonus offers: 8th Unlock the Past cruise – Baltic cruise – from England or Europe, visiting northern Europe, and Scandinavia on Celebrity Eclipse. 14 nights 11-25 July 2015 Choose any 2 of the 3 great offers below. 11th Unlock the Past cruise – Australian-New Zealand cruise, one way from Auckland to Fremantle (Perth) taking in various New Zealand and Australian ports on Celebrity Solstice. 18 nights from 14 February 2016 Choose any 1 of the 3 great offers below (this is subject to this cruise being confirmed for our group) Simply book an Oceanview stateroom or above on any of the above cruises and choose the offer that’s best for you. The first 2 guests in the qualifying booking may choose from Free Classic beverage package for two Free gratuities (for two) Up to US$300 onboard credit per state room (cabin) This offer applies on outside cabins and above only (not inside cabins). It does not apply to bookings made before 6 October. Click here to see full details and terms and conditions of the offer. Go to the Pricing and booking page of whichever of the above cruises you are interested in and contact Ciaran of Clean Cruising to discuss which benefit package/s is best for...

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7 reasons to register your interest in our 2016 river cruise NOW

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

The final cruise (our 13th) on our 2014-2016 cruise schedule is a 7 night/8 day Amsterdam to Basel river cruise. We hope to have fixed 2016 schedules this month from Avalon Waterways, with whom we are planning the cruise. We are targeting a late July or early August date, using one of their superb new suite ships. A river cruise will differ significantly from an ocean cruise in a number of respects there are very limited public areas on a river ship only a lounge and dining room, which are open to the public generally. This means we are unlikely to run a regular conference program on board. we will be free however to run smaller group discussion and help sessions around tables in the main or other public lounges we are also likely to offer a one day onshore conference in Amsterdam the day before we leave – with local European experts 7 reasons to record an early no obligation expression of interest in our July/August river cruise river cruises tend to book out early – up to 12 months or more ahead. Equivalent cruises in July and August 2015 are either totally booked out or largely booked out already – 9 or 10 months out from the cruises we are meeting with Avalon next week and hope to have details of dates and pricing either at the meeting or soon after we will make a selection of date and number of cabins to reserve for our group, based largely expressions of interest we have in advance we expect to have a short window (a few weeks) to book into this cruise exclusively for our group. Following this exclusive window, bookings will be opened up to other travel agents and then to the public your expression of interest will guide us in planning discussions with Avalon and help maximise our chances of getting a good cabin allocation – and even give us some chance are of chartering the entire ship (capacity approximately 120 people) although the likelihood is perhaps low there remains a chance we could charter the entire ship if we get sufficient advance bookings with deposits while we have an exclusive booking window (probably around December 2014/January 2015). The major advantage of chartering the entire ship is that we can run our own program on board – in the main lounge if you wish to travel solo, be aware that a limited number places for single accommodation are allowed and then only in selected categories. Based on currently listed cruises the single supplement is a little over 50% above the twin share rate. We can assist you to find a partner of the same gender to share...

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Cruises alert – book before it is too late!

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Baltic cruise – cabins selling out and steep price increases www.unlockthepastcruises.com/cruise8 Don’t miss out! – if you are still considering the Baltic cruise book now before the limited number of cabins allocated to our group sell out. Since the Baltic cruise opened for bookings in May list prices for cabins outside our group has increased significantly – a few by about $350, but most have increased by around $800-$1000 – despite the fact that this cruise is still 10 months away! Prices of cabins in our allocation are fixed for a time. Apart from what is now a significant price advantage, there are other advantages in booking within our group: our prices include $266 in port taxes and other charges (Celebrity prices don’t) our prices include gratuities valued at $154 (Celebrity prices don’t) our prices include the Unlock the Past conference fee (this will be added for any bookings outside our group cabins) guaranteed evening dining with our group (but not if booked outside our group) We have been given a limited number of cabins for our group and some categories have already sold out. As of 9 September 2014: inside cabins – our allocation sold out, ship still has some, but will be at the higher rate of the day price plus port taxes gratuities and conference fee outside cabins – our allocation and ship all sold out balconies – reasonable number of 2B cabins still available, but may go quickly. 1C – only 1 cabin left concierge – 6 cabins left aqua – 4 cabins left The bottom line message! – book soon if you want to get the best prices – in fact to be sure of a place at all. You can probably still get an inside cabin, but outside our allocation at a higher price than we list. You can get balconies or higher at the best price for the present, but it is likely they will be considerably higher price once they are gone the only option left is to book outside our group. I should note that booking outside our group does not take anything away from conference participation, except possibly evening dining with our group. Last opportunities – time running out 6th cruise – 3 nights out of Sydney 23-26 Oct. Places are still available – still at good prices,  but with just 6 weeks to go time is running out Norfolk Island conference 29-31 Oct – do it on its own or link it with the 6th cruise at a special price. Still places available, but it is just 7 weeks away 7th cruise – 5 nights Fremantle – Esperance – Albany 19-24 Jan 2015 . Some cabin categories now sold out. Unsold cabins...

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