Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Unlock the Past Cruises venture launched

I've been waiting to share this for a while! Unlock the Past, the Australian based genealogy company that offers products, publications, talks events, expos and cruises, has now announced the launch of its latest venture - its new international genealogy cruises venture site at www.unlockthepastcruises.com. Here's the announcement:

Adelaide, South Australia, 25 June 2013
Unlock the Past announces Unlock the Past Cruises, an international program of history and genealogy cruises. This expanded cruise commitment follows on from the success of the first three Unlock the Past cruises, high interest in the fourth in February 2014 and a proposed mid 201
5 cruise from the UK/Europe to the Baltic. Now there is more choice:
  • more cruises to choose from – two to four a year
  • more and varied itineraries – anywhere in the world, wherever there is enough interest
  • more price levels to suit different budgets – starting from under $1000
  • more varied programs – some full conference programs with many presenters, others much smaller
  • some conference focused, others more destination/itinerary focused

The fourth cruise in February 2014 is booking strongly. Further cruises under consideration include:
  • a British Isles discovery cruise in mid 2014
  • a smaller regional cruise from an Australian port or Auckland – Sydney late 2014 or early 2015
  • a major Baltic cruise from UK/Europe mid 2015
  • a transatlantic cruise November 2015
  • an Australia – New Zealand cruise early 2016

Unlock the Past cruises combine relaxing cruises with world class history & genealogy conferences. All major conference cruises feature an international team of presenters and a program with international appeal. Shorter cruises will also have leading presenters. Some cruises are more conference focused. Others more on the destination and places visited.

What a fantastic and wonderful experience it has been. Great speakers and a good variety of topics. I now know that I am on the right track with my research. I was travelling solo yet felt I was part of a warm and friendly group. Thank you. – Lauretta Nobes, 3rd cruise

Thank you … for your wonderful work in organising this cruise – we are now addicted to Cruising with Genealogy … you did a fantastic job … Congratulations. – Malcolm & Hazel Ford, 3rd cruise

Visit the Unlock the Past website: www.unlockthepastcruises.com. Feedback from a cruise survey at www.unlockthepastcruises.com/your-say will guide the choice of future genealogy cruise schedules.

Why Genealogy Cruises? See www.unlockthepastcruises.com/featured/genealogy-cruises/
Cruises to Suit You - www.unlockthepastcruises.com/genealogy-cruising/cruises-to-suit-you/

About Unlock the Past: Australian based Unlock the Past was established in 2009. It is the event and publishing division of Gould Genealogy & History which has served family and local historians since 1976. It is a collaborative venture involving an international team of expert speakers, writers, organisations and commercial partners to promote history and genealogy through innovative major events and a new publishing brand. It also maintains general and events directories online and is a cost effective marketing platform for partners.

COMMENT: I've been involved with Unlock the Past for the last three years, having already been out to Australia twice to do a talks tour in 2010, and to participate on the second genealogy cruise in November/December 2011, and have already produced three books for them, with two more on the way later this year. I'm heading back down under in late January 2013 for the fourth UTP genealogy cruise to participate as a speaker along with many well known names from the genie world in Australasia and the States. As part of the trip, I'll also be speaking on a top-and-tail end talks tour alongside Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers, at venues from Brisbane to Perth, as well as at shore based ventures throughout the voyage.

I've blogged before about UTP cruises, but to summarise, they are highly enjoyable floating genealogy conferences, combined with a bit of sight-seeing, some great company, and a varied and enjoyable programme. I'm looking forward to next February, and to the advent of genie cruises coming to Europe and the northern hemisphere in the very near future!

For details on the 4th cruise next February, visit www.unlockthepastcruises.com/cruises/4th-cruise/. The talks timetable is also now available online, this can be read at www.unlockthepastcruises.com/4th-cruise-program/.

Hopefully see you shipside!


My new book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, is now available from Pen and Sword. My Scottish land and church records ebooks are available at http://www.gen-ebooks.com/unlock-the-past.html, whilst my next Pharos Scottish course, Scottish Research Online, starts Sep 4th - see http://pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Time to smash a few brick walls...!

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