Thursday, May 29, 2014

8th Unlock the Past Genealogy Cruise - The Baltic in July 2015

I received this via email from Alan Phillips at Unlock the Past:


In March 2011 we ran our first history and genealogy cruise. After our third cruise in 2013 it was evident there was interest in more cruises and greater variety of destinations, cost, duration and cruise focus. In mid-2013 we launched Unlock the Past cruises (international), with three or four cruises a year planned out of Australia, New Zealand the British Isles and Europe.

The 8th cruise (Baltic), in July 2015, has been long anticipated –  the cruise itself was announced and opened for bookings earlier in May. We are delighted today to announce Chris Paton (Scotland), Paul Milner (USA), Cyndi Ingle (USA) and Carol Baxter (Australia) as the lead presenters for this cruise. You can read more about the cruise and the presenters in the media release which is attached to this email. It can also be viewed online. The presenter team on this cruise will be enhanced by others, some announced already and others yet to be announced.

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9 cruises currently booking or proposed – there are three shorter cruises scheduled before the Baltic – British Isles (July 2014), Sydney (October 2014) and Western Australia (January 2015). You can see a handy summary of these and five further cruises planned from late 2015 through to mid 2016 under the Cruises tab of our website. Four are from Britain/Europe, with one these finishing in the United States.

Interested in speaking on a cruise? – it is our practice now to reserve about 25% of the presentations on any one cruise for those with recognised expertise who come on the cruise and would like to present. If you are interested in doing the Baltic or any other future cruise, and earning some income for speaking, we would be pleased to hear from you. This window of opportunity usually only lasts a short time after any cruise is announced. Support can vary from payment for one or more talks of good general interest through to full coverage of a speaker's fare in a twin share cabin. There are openings for this on all cruises from the Baltic cruise onwards. We will be writing shortly to all those who have already expressed interest in speaking on our cruises.

Win a free cruise – book (in 2014) any Unlock the Past cruise and be in the draw to win a future Unlock the Past cruise up to AU$2500 value – or one of 12 additional prizes – AU$6000 in prizes in all.

Alan Phillips and the Unlock the Past cruises


Here is more information about the scheduled speakers and the ports of call:

The Baltic cruise, 11‐25 July 2015, on the Celebrity Eclipse will leave from Southampton and visit Bruges (Belgium), Berlin (Germany), Tallinn (Estonia), St Petersburg (Russia), Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden), and Copenhagen (Denmark). 

Key presenters will be Chris Paton (Scotland), Paul Milner (USA), Cyndi Ingle (USA) and Carol Baxter (Australia).  

Meet the featured presenters: 

• Chris, a Scottish based professional genealogist, is well known for his comprehensive and entertaining presentations on Scottish and Irish research 
• Paul, a professional genealogist and lecturer, specialises in British Isles and US research – he was born in England and settled in the US in 1975 
• Cyndi, webmaster of Cyndi’s List of more than 327,000 on‐line resources, will open new doors for using the internet in your research 
• Carol’s focus will be on research and writing your family history 

Several other presenters have also committed to the cruise – Eric Kopittke will speak on researching German and Danish families, Helen Smith on Australian and English records and medical topics and Rosemary Kopittke on online databases and Australian research.  Others are yet to be announced. 

Choose from about 100 topics, network with others of similar interest and seek one‐on‐one help from the experts … and, of course, be part of the ship’s own entertainment program.

Some comments on Chris Paton and Paul Milner from previous cruises: 

"Chris Paton was fabulous", "was a standout …  he knew his stuff, could communicate it", "a very 
entertaining speaker", "always love Chris Paton",  " very interesting and very humorous" ‐ 4th cruise  

"Paul Milner was outstanding", "could not be topped”, "my favourite", "brilliant", "a knowledgeable relaxed speaker ‐ superb”, "always interesting and hugely informative", "very generous with his knowledge …  a pleasure to listen to”, “his stamina in presenting so many talks with such enthusiasm was only to be admired",  “a standout" , " a wonderful speaker and had so much expertise" ‐ 3rd cruise 

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This sounds like an excellent genealogy cruise for those interested in vacations of this sort.  Vacation and sightsee in Europe, several days of genealogy classes from expert, world-renowned speakers, meet genealogical colleagues from all over the world, decent food, leave your suitcase in one place for two weeks - what's not to like!  I am interested, but I don't want to plan that far ahead right now.  

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

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