Thursday 26 July 2012

3rd Unlock the Past genealogy cruise

The following is a press release from Australian based Unlock the Past (

Unlock the Past announces the 3rd Unlock the Past History & Genealogy Cruise. This will be a relaxing 9 night cruise to the South Pacific, combined with a fascinating history and genealogy themed conference.

Departing from Sydney on 10 February 2013, you’ll be sailing on the exciting Royal Caribbean ship Voyager of the Seas and visiting South Pacific islands New Caledonia and Fiji. Voyager of the Seas is a destination in itself, with 15 decks, the ship comes with its own ice-skating rink, rock climbing wall, huge Show lounge, 14 bars and lounges, 7 restaurants, 10 pools & jacuzzis, library, duty-free shopping, medical centre, gym and health spa, this makes not only for an incredible holiday, but a wonderful way to further your genealogy and history knowledge.

The team of presenters is headed by Paul Milner from the United States, but British born and for 30 years a British Isles specialist. Other presenters include Google and technology expert, Dan Lynch (USA), Bob Velke of Wholly Genes and Archive CD Books USA, Louis Kessler of (Canada), Jan Gow (New Zealand) and Australians, Jill Ball, Carol Baxter, Stephen Dando-Collins (internationally acclaimed author), Shauna Hicks, Rosemary Kopittke, Helen Smith. A truly international team to bring an international program.

The six full days at sea and exclusive use of a 330 seat theatre which can be divided into four smaller rooms gives scope for a wide and varied program. 120 topics will be offered in 60 different time slots. The program will be feature several key streams, including England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, writing, technology, Google for family historians, genealogy software, online data and resources as well as a number of other general and specialised topics, case studies and more. A special feature will be the Research Help Zone for one on open advice from experts.

Add to all this the fun of a cruise - the Voyager's own daily program allows you to do as much or as little as you like when you are not attending one of the fascinating genealogy seminars. She also visits two great ports – enticing Noumea, the capital of the French territory of New Caledonia, where the South Pacific meets the Riveria and Lautoka, Fiji’s second largest city which offers dancing waves of the sea, sandy beaches and a vibrant local culture to ensure a refreshing and memorable visit. So sit back relax and let the Captain and Unlock the Past make this a truly memorable journey.

Unlock the Past have chosen Clean Cruising to be their partner again for this cruise. They have a wonderful, enthusiastic team, who will help you with any of your needs or questions.

“We have loved getting everyone away on the previous two cruises with Unlock the Past and the ships and onboard program just get more exciting, so let us help you choose just the right place to be onboard and answer all your cruising questions” – Ciaran, Natalya & Terri , Clean Cruising

“Having been on two genealogy cruises before, I know that I’m going to have fun and learn a lot to assist my family history research. What makes this cruise even more exciting is the great range of speakers, wide variety of topics and the fact that we have a dedicated conference area for the whole cruise. I can’t wait!” – Shauna Hicks, leading Unlock the Past presenter

This third Unlock the Past cruise offers an unparalleled opportunity and value for those from the northern hemisphere to combine a great cruise to the South Pacific with a truly international and wide ranging program.

Full information including costs and booking details can be found on the cruise page of the Unlock the Past website:

For a brochure visit

COMMENT: My wife, kids and I had a lot of fun on the last cruise down under - very highly recommended!

(With thanks to Alan Phillips)


Check out my Scotland's Greatest Story research service
New book: It's Perthshire 1866 - there's been a murder... (from June 12th 2012)

No comments:

Post a Comment