Monday, April 30, 2012

Getting Ready to Travel...

Linda and I are excited to do some more genealogy travel.  Some of you are probably saying "Oh, they're going to Cincinnati for the National Genealogical Society conference on 10 to 13 May."

Um, no, we're going on the Legacy Family Tree sponsored cruise on the Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas departing from Oslo, Norway on 12 May.

The schedule for our vacation is:

*  Wednesday, 9 May:  Fly from San Diego to London, then London to Oslo on British Airways.
*  Thursday, 10 May:  We arrive tonight, and we're staying in the Scandic Sjolyst hotel in Oslo.
*  Friday, 11 May:  A free day to recover from jet lag, do some sightseeing, and perhaps meet friends for dinner.

*  Saturday, 12 May:  Find our way to the cruise ship terminal, board the ship, and meet the Legacy group at 3 p.m.  The ship departs in the afternoon.
*  Sunday, 13 May:  at sea, but there are genealogy presentations in the morning.
*  Monday, 14 May:  Arrive at 8 a.m. at LeHavre.  We'll probably take a tour of Paris.  Ship departs at midnight.

*  Tuesday, 15 May: Arrive at Cherbourg at 7 a.m.  We'll probably take a Normandy Beaches tour.  The ship departs at 3 p.m.
*  Wednesday, 16 May:  Arrive at Dublin at 12 noon.  We'll probably take a Dublin tour.  The ship departs at 10 p.m.
*  Thursday, 17 May:  Arrive at Liverpool at 7:30 a.m.  We'll probably take some sort of tour.  The ship departs at 6:30 p.m.

*  Friday, 18 May:  At sea, but there are genealogy presentations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
*  Saturday, 19 May:  Arrive at Edinburgh at 8 a.m.  We'll probably take a city tour.  The ship departs at 6 p.m.
*  Sunday, 20 May:  At sea, but there are genealogy presentations from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

*  Monday, Arrive at Oslo at 7 a.m.  We will transfer to the airport for our flight from Oslo to London to San Diego on British Airways.

I'll have more to post about the presentations in the next week or so.

Has anyone taken this cruise and have recommendations for the shore tours in Paris, Cherbourg, Dublin, Liverpool and Edinburgh?  Linda cannot walk much and is taking her walker so she can have support and can sit down when she wants to.

This should be fun.  We took the 2008 Celebrity cruise from New York to the Caribbean with The Master Genealogist team and had a great time.

One drawback is that Genea-Musings will not be posted on a regular basis.  I may schedule some posts for your entertainment before we go, but my email and Internet access will probably be very limited (like never?) on the ship since the Internet on cruise ships is usually very slow and costly.  If it is relatively cheap and fast, I'll probably spend some time every day or so using it.  My expectations are low!

The big question is "Will Randy be able to survive without Email, Interweb, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Google Reader, etc.?"  What do you think? ;)

When we get back, I have a presentation 30 May and another on 12 June, and we're going to the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank from 7 to 10 June.  I figured that one conference in the spring was enough this year!

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GeneJ said...

That is so cool. Have a great time. Very jealous.

Celia Lewis said...

Have a wonderful time - hope people can give you some great ideas of how to do the city tours without a lot of walking. Ignore the Internet stuff - we'll still be here when you're back!

Jana Iverson Last said...

Ahhh! Sounds wonderful! Have a lovely time!

Donna Hansen Peterson said...

Hi Randy,
My daughter and I arrive in Oslo on Fri am. Fri night we will attend the Norwegian Military Tattoo. On the cruise I looked for side trips requiring little walking and this is what I chose: Paris sightseeing, Panoramic Cherbourg (I've seen the Beaches), Dublin Castle and the book of Kells, Liverpool panoramic, and Panoramic Edenburgh. If Linda chooses any of these and you pick something else, she can join me. Some of the tours I am doing with my daughter and some alone. We will be at the Scandic Elderkoppen.

trekking in himalayas said...

It's very nice trip. I hope you will enjoy it. I will wait for your next blog of the trip experience, have a nice trip.

Jo said...

Hope our Edinburgh weather is nice to you :-) Here's a link to what used to be the Scottish Tourist Board - you might get some good ideas and info

Jo said...

Or how about a personal tour in a bright yellow trike?

Dee Renee Chesnut said...

My husband and I arrive at 9:45 AM on Nov 12 from an overnight flight that begins in Dayton, OH to Newark to Oslo. We will meet you, Donna, Geoff, and Kristi from Trekalot LLC at the meet and greet.
Our excursions were chosen for potential sites for photography and which is my husband's hobby and for hiking (on the second cruise).
Mont Saint Michel;
Normandy Beaches;
Dublin Castle and Book of Kells;
Liverpool Walking and Beatles Experience:
Edinburgh on Your Own-I want to hike to Arthur's Seat;
in Oslo I want to see Kon Tiki museum;
second cruise
Aarhus City Highlights, and I hope to have some time on our own to go to ARoS art museum for its panoramic top floor which looks like a horizontal rainbow;
Hiking Mount Floien in Bergen;
Hike to Storsteter Waterfall; and
we have another day in Oslo before our return to US.
See you at the meet and greet!