This proposed cruise is expected to be confirmed and open for bookings in September 2013 with prices starting from about AU$1100

9 nights – 19-24 January 2015

Ship: Astor (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)


Itinerary (expected)

  • 5pm – depart Fremantle
  • at sea – history and genealogy sessions
  • 9am-5pm – Esperance
  • 9am-10pm – Albany
  • at sea – history and genealogy sessions
  • 8am – arrive Fremantle

A short break holiday with a bonus history and genealogy conference is ideal in the January warm weather and is a great way to relax so why not join us and cruise the WA coast to Esperance and Albany.

The extraordinary coastline of the continent takes on a different perspective when viewed from the ocean. Astor will first call at Esperance, renowned for its scenic beauty. The breathtaking beauty of Albany’s rugged coastline will create a fitting backdrop from the viewing deck as we sail into Albany. Albany is where the first European settlers set foot in Western Australia, and much of their legacy remains today with around 50 colonial buildings standing proudly as museums, galleries and restaurants. From convict prisons, whaling ships and taverns to quaint cottages and grand National Trust residences, you can take in almost two centuries of history.

Anzac Centenary

Albany was the gathering point for the first convoys carrying the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and New Zealand Expeditionary Force (later to be known collectively as the ANZACs), that departed from Albany in November and December 1914.  This cruise program is expected to have some tie in with this occasion—as part of a wider general interest program.

General considerations

  • this cruise has two days in ports and two days at sea
  • no conference sessions on board while in ports
  • leading presenters will provide an interesting and varied conference program on the two days at sea
  • price includes admission to all genealogy sessions, meals and accommodation on board and entry into the draw for prizes valued at many hundreds of dollars.

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