Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Legacy Family Tree 2013 Cruise - Post 1: Highlights

Genea-Musings is back in action after 16 days of rest, relaxation, genealogy classes, cultural tours, and lots of food on the 16-day Legacy Family Tree 2013 Cruise on the Celebrity Millennium.  It was fun, but a bit long.

The highlights for me:

1)  The genealogy talks by Megan Smolenyak, Karen Clifford, Barbara Renick and Steve Salisbury on a variety of topics.  We had the classes the first morning in the Cosmos Lounge on the 11th deck of the ship, but the glare from the sun, and reflection off the dance floor made the visuals difficult to see in the spacious lounge.  So the rest of the classes were held in the Conference Center on the 3rd deck which seated about 180 people in a long room.  That was convenient, but many attendees could not see the bottom half of the screen.  There was a 130 page syllabus provided in digital format before the cruise.

Here is a photo of Megan presenting in the Cosmos lounge:


2)  The Legacy Family Tree presentations by Geoff Rasmussen, Dave Berdan, and Ken McGinnis.  We learned all about Legacy Family Tree Version 8, and each attendee will receive a free copy of LFT 8 (or a subscription to the Webinar site for one year).  Thank you, Legacy!

This photo is of Ken McGinnis, his wife Diane, and Geoff Rasmussen in the background talking to an attendee.


3)  I had one presentation on "Discovering Jane's Roots in California, Australia and England" and had excellent feedback from the attendees afterwards and at meals.  I asked how many attendees read my blog, and the show of hands was less than 10.

4)  Meeting and talking with the other conference attendees at meals, on the tours, in the conference center, and on the decks.  I knew several of the other conferees from past conferences - Jay Holladay of SCGS, Donna Peterson (Hanging From the Family Tree blog), Megan (but not her husband), Barbara (but not her husband), and the Legacy guys (Geoff, Dave and Ken) and their wives.  Several Genea-Musings readers were on the cruise also and now I can't recall all of their names.  It was a pleasure to share time with all of them and Karen and Steve.  On this cruise, the Legacy attendees were encouraged to change tables every night at dinner so as to meet as many other cruisers as possible.  We had about 30 tables assigned to Legacy cruisers (from 2 to 10 seats each), but only 15 nights to eat dinner, so we managed to meet quite a few people, but not everyone.

5)  The tours we took ranged from excellent (The Tarcoles River tour in Costa Rica was the best for us) to fair (Guatemala and Colombia).  We were limited to tours with only mild or moderate activity because of Linda's physical limitations - she took her walker on all of the tours, which included bus transportation.  We also took relatively short tours - 3 to 5 hours rather than up to 9 hour tours in order to avoid afternoon heat and meals away from the ship.  We were able to book tours beforehand on the Cemebrity website or on the ship at a tour office.  We took a sightseeing tour in Puerto Vallarta (downtown streets, beach, church, shopping, restaurant with a view); Guatemala (bus ride from Puerto Quetzal to Antigua, shopping, bus tour to see town highlights, bus trip back to the ship); Costa Rica (bus trip to Crocodile tour on the Tarcoles River, shopping, snacks, back on the bus); Panama (Panama Canal transit one day, and a tour from Colon (bus to Gamboa Wildlife Refuge, a tram up the mountain, climb a 100 foot tower, tram back down, shopping, visit reptile exhibit, butterfly exhibit, orchid garden and a resort hotel);  Colombia (bus trip around Cartagena, stops at central square near castle, museum with music program, and shopping area in old city, bus trip back to the ship).

This is our tour guide on the beach feeding chicken parts to a big crocodile:


6)   The food.  Buffet breakfasts on Deck 10, with full American breakfasts, lots of fresh fruit (but bananas turned bad after about 8 days), omelets, pancakes/waffles, cereal, carved meats, etc.  Buffet lunches with many choices, Mexican, pizza, fish and chips, carved meats, hamburgers/hot dogs, fruits and vegetables, yummy desserts, ice cream.  Sitdown dinners on Decks 4/5 with waiters and cloth napkins, several fixed options, and several more special dishes each night with starters, salads, entrees and desserts.  There were also sitdown breakfasts and lunches off a menu on Deck 5, and buffet dinners on Deck 10.  There were also several specialty restaurants with a different menu each day, and a specialty crepes and desserts bistro.  Linda ordered special meals with the maitre d' the night before to try to avoid her allergy problems with mixed success - she had reactions on 6 of 15 nights.  I rarely walked away feeling hungry!  It was a struggle to keep the daily calories down to 3000, let alone the 1700 calories I am supposed to eat daily to control my weight.  Temptation wins...I haven't weighed myself yet here at home.

7)  The ship.  Entertainment in several lounges and a nightly show in the Celebrity Theater.  A casino (which we didn't frequent).  Activities onboard included lectures, games, films, a daily news summary, a library (I read 4 books on sea days and in the evenings), the indoor and outdoor pools with activities on Deck 10, a walking track, a basketball court and a virtually unused shuffleboard lane on Deck 11.

8)  Our "stateroom" was a small "ocean view" cabin (meaning a large round window with a shade), a small bathroom with a shower, a king-size bed, a small desk and table and couch, and a closet, plus a TV set.  Wifi was available throughout the ship or at a computer lounge, but access to relatively slow Internet cost 75 cents a minute ($45 an hour) retail, with "deals" down to about 35 cents an hour.  Highway robbery...I turned off my iPhone to avoid roaming charges and used it only to play games occasionally.

I'm sure I've forgotten quite a few highlights, and maybe I'll remember more and share it later.

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Copyright (c) 2013, Randall J. Seaver

5 comments:

Julie said...

Wow Randy sounds like you had a wonderful time! You made me tired just reading all the wonderful side trips you took!

Glad you got to meet a lot of good folk! Any cousins?

Good to see you back!

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So, i will advice you out there to kindly visit the same website {osobaspelltemple@gmail.com },if you are in any condition like this,or you have any problem related to "bringing your ex back.
So thanks to the osobaspelltemple@gmail.com for bringing back my wife,and brought great joy to my family once again.
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dlH said...

An amazing testimony on a spell caster who brought my wife back to me..
My name is Andy Sowers,i live in Australia,and I'm happily married to a lovely and caring wife,with two kids.A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my wife.so terrible that she took the case to court for a divorce.she said that she never wanted to stay with me again,and that she didn't love me anymore.So she packed out of my house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get her back,after much begging,but all to no avail.and she confirmed it that she has made her decision,and she never wanted to see me again.
So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my wife.So i explained every thing to her,so she told me that the only way i can get my wife back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for her too.So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow her advice. Then she gave me the email address of the spell caster whom she visited.{osobaspelltemple@gmail.com }.
So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address she gave to me,and the spell caster assured me that i will get my wife back the next day.What an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me,and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my wife who didn't call me for the past seven {7}months,gave me a call to inform me that she was coming back.So Amazing!! So that was how she came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and she apologized for her mistake,and for the pain she caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster.
So, i will advice you out there to kindly visit the same website {osobaspelltemple@gmail.com },if you are in any condition like this,or you have any problem related to "bringing your ex back.
So thanks to the osobaspelltemple@gmail.com for bringing back my wife,and brought great joy to my family once again.
osobaspelltemple@gmail.com

love said...

An amazing testimony on a spell caster who brought my wife back to me..
My name is Andy Sowers,i live in Australia,and I'm happily married to a lovely and caring wife,with two kids.A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my wife.so terrible that she took the case to court for a divorce.she said that she never wanted to stay with me again,and that she didn't love me anymore.So she packed out of my house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get her back,after much begging,but all to no avail.and she confirmed it that she has made her decision,and she never wanted to see me again.
So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my wife.So i explained every thing to her,so she told me that the only way i can get my wife back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for her too.So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow her advice. Then she gave me the email address of the spell caster whom she visited.{osobaspelltemple@gmail.com }.
So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address she gave to me,and the spell caster assured me that i will get my wife back the next day.What an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me,and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my wife who didn't call me for the past seven {7}months,gave me a call to inform me that she was coming back.So Amazing!! So that was how she came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and she apologized for her mistake,and for the pain she caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster.
So, i will advice you out there to kindly visit the same website {osobaspelltemple@gmail.com },if you are in any condition like this,or you have any problem related to "bringing your ex back.
So thanks to the osobaspelltemple@gmail.com for bringing back my wife,and brought great joy to my family once again.
osobaspelltemple@gmail.com