3rd Unlock the Past History & Genealogy Cruise

Event Information

When
  • 10 Feb 2013 8:00pm - 19 Feb 2013 6:00am
Where
  • Sydney - Noumea - Fiji - Sydney
  • Australia, New South Wales
Other Information
  • Cost: From $1499 per person twin share
Contact

10-19 February 2013 - Sydney - Noumea - Fiji -Sydney

a conference like no other

CRUISE PROGRAM updated 26 January 2013 (click here to download)

Click links at the left for further details. 

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Voyager

Voyager 2

Features

  • A nine day cruise out of Sydney to Noumea and Fiji, returning to Sydney
  • Ship Voyager of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) - one of the largest and most exciting cruise ships to come to Australia. The Voyager is 138,000 tons and accommodates up to 3800 passengers.
  • Conference-cruise pricing from $1499 per person twin share
  • Loyalty discount if you have done an Unlock the Past cruise before - see Pricing & booking
  • All accommodation and gourmet meals included
  • attend up to 50 presentations from a selection of 100 topics an help sessions
  • Research Help Zone - one on one or smal groups with experts
  • Three leading international presenters and seven from Australia and New Zealand
  • ideal for beginners and experts, as well as non-history spouses/partners with plenty of general onboard activities and entertainment
     

A Voyager of the Seas cruise includes the following

On board

  • All main meals on board – breakfast, lunch and dinner daily – in silver service main restaurants, food court buffets and daytime grills.
  • All daily onboard activities including the rock climbing wall, whirlpool spas, pools, fully equipped gym, trivia, karaoke, dancing classes, movies and in-cabin videos, table tennis, shuffleboard, deck chess and library.
  • Spectacular evening entertainment featuring contemporary musical stage productions, guest entertainers, live comedy, theatre, enriching lectures and demonstrations and nightclubs.
  • All applicable port charges and taxes.
  • Tips and gratuities.

In the cabin

  • Your own personal cabin steward.
  • Air conditioning with personal controls.
  • Ensuite with shower, complimentary soap and hairdryer
  • And much more!

Mini Suites and Suites include exclusive amenities over and above standard cabin features.

For the family

  • Dedicated age specific children's clubs: 6-18 months, 18-36 months, 3-5 years, 6-8 years, 9-11 years, 12-14 years, 15-17 years.
  • Discounted children's fares.

Comments

Cruise Polo Shirts

Just wanted to know where to purchase cruise shirt???

Thank you

Chris

Chris, unfortunately the time

Chris, unfortunately the time for that has passed - to allow adequate lead time to get orders made up
"ORDERS MUST BE IN BEFORE WEDNESDAY 12th DECEMBER 2012"

Gratuity

Hi  just been reading comments on the ship voyager of the seas that it's  around 12dollars a day  prr person. Is that correct. It also has problems in with the very lage ques getting on to the ship . I searched and found a lot of coments were on line for people to read

Kath 

Kath, that is about right for

Kath, that is about right for the general cruiser, but it is already included WITHIN the fee that our group pays - see notes on the booking page of our web site. I guess the issue with long boarding times is that Voyager takes twice as many passengers as most other cruise ships. The constraint would be at the terminal, not the the ship itself. I undertand that unlike our previous cruises, passengers will be allocated a boarding time to help space this out a bit. You should get inforamation on this in advance - probably with your tickets.

lectures

Hi Alan

This is an odd query but I will be on Voyager for that cruise doing some embroidery workshops and I wonder if you 

will have any lectures perhaps in the evening which could be open to other interested passengers?

I realise that there would probably be a space problem but as I am very interested in family history I would be happy

to pay a fee.

Audrey in Western Australia

researching while on Board

Hi Alan,

Just wondering if you can do research (online) while at the conference or am I completely off track with my expectations.

 

Thanks Laraine

Re: researching while on Board

 

It is possible Laraine, but shipboard internet (via satellite) is quite expensive and slower than on land. It is available only in some areas of the ship (not cabins). See FAQ page
http://www.unlockthepast.com.au/events/3rd-unlock-past-history-genealogy-cruise/FAQs

It is possible Laraine, but shipboard internet (via satellite) is quite expensive and slower than on land. It is available only in some areas of the ship (not cabins). See FAQ page

Single ladies

Hi

Is there an option to be paired with another female to share a cabin? If not, what is the price for someone travelling alone?

Single ladies

I am looking for a single lady to share a cabin. Hoping to find someone before it is booked out. How can I find someone? 

Re Single ladies

As noted in a reply to an earlier question on the same subject " Go to the Pricing and booking page and click the link to register your interest. Clean Crusing, our booking agent can pair you with someone already looking for a cabin partner, or put your name down to share with someone else."

Re: Single ladies

Yes, there is the option to pair ladies with single ladies (or men with other men). Go to the Pricing and booking page and click the link to register your interest. Clean Crusing, our booking agent can pair you with someone already looking for a cabin partner, or put your name down to share with someone else.

Passengers

Is it usual to have a large number of partying adults and little children on these type of cruises.  I would not like to participate if this was the case.  Rather, mainly adult cruise with civilised behaviour.  Have you seen the latest regarding cruises and the passengers behaviour and overboard disappearances reported on a current affairs show recently . Put me off cruises, but really am tempted as I like the sound of a Genealogy cruise.  I am an avid family history researcher. Please allay my fears.

Re: Passengers

No to your first question. We have seen nothing like this on our first two cruises. I recall two very young children on our last cruise, but no teenagers at all. There may have been some, but if so they were not even noticed and certainly no unruly behaviour by young or old was seen. I would see more in any town or city I was out and about in. Bear in mind there are upwards of 400 different cruises a year with around half a million passengers - in Australia alone. Maybe 100 times that many worldwide. How often have you seen a report like this? in Australia? Internationally? It is likely less frequent than in the general community.

Our group, mainly older people with a common interest, mostly meets together for its programmed activities as well as social interaction and meals.  It is possible there could be an idiot on board, but they are on our roads and communities every day too. Read our past cruise testimonials for a general impression of how people found it.

Adelaide Congress

Alan

Will there be somebody to talk to about the 2013 Cruise at the Adelaide Congress.  Haven't quite made up my

mind yet so would like to talk to somebody and Adelaide seems a good option.

Thanks

Margaret Hickey

Adelaide Congress

Yes there will be Margaret. There will be a cruise table as part of the Gould-Unlock the Past group of booths. We should have more on speakers, the ship itself and a draft program to show by then too - Alan

Extras

Will we need a VISA, and/or a PASSPORT ??

Please explain if:

Single person willing to share - what happens if no-one else wants to share ??

Single person wants a single room - is this possible, and  how much extra ??

Re: Extras

A passport is needed - see FAQ link. I don't think a visa is required, but check with Clean Cruising - "Pricing & booking" link. We already have someone wanting to share, and expect more wanting to. You need to check with Clean Cruising about single occupancy of a cabin, but it is probably double the price of the twin share rate. This is similar to hotels/motels where you usually pay the same for the room - regardless of whether one or two people occupy the room.

Disappointed

I am very disappointed that you chose to go the similar route as the first cruise. What happened to the Tasmania destination that you asked us to vote on? I know that some cruisers didnt want to go during school holidays, but why change the destination so drastically from Tasmania? Although I thoroughly enjoyed the first cruise, the destination was FAR too hot to visit in March, yet you've scheduled this third cruise for February? I knew of at least four people who were all ready to book for any of the Tasmanian cruises you originally put up as options, and were waiting for confirmation of the dates to book. However, considering the weather in February (right in cyclone season for one), they will not be going on the 2013 cruise to Fiji.

re: Disappointed

Personally I favoured a Tasmanian cruise, but we have had to back off that for several reasons:

  • the March option has only a 60 seat conference venue (did not know this initially)
  • we had decided on the February Rhapsody option only to be advised 3 weeks ago the conference centre was to be halved in capacity next year to 60 - again inadequate

That left the January option on Voyager to take in Tasmania - or another cruise destination. January was finally discounted for several reasons:

  • our survey showed a decided preference for February over January.
  • A number voted against any of the three options because it was an Australian destination.
  • with school holidays and the fact this is the first voyage out of Sydney for the largest ship ever to be based in Australia (with lots of publicity) it is expected to book our very early. 

Disappointed

I am very disappointed that you chose to go the similar route as the first cruise. What happened to the Tasmania destination that you asked us to vote on? I know that some cruisers didnt want to go during school holidays, but why change the destination so drastically from Tasmania? Although I thoroughly enjoyed the first cruise, the destination was FAR too hot to visit in March, yet you've scheduled this third cruise for February? I knew of at least four people who were all ready to book for any of the Tasmanian cruises you originally put up as options, and were waiting for confirmation of the dates to book. However, considering the weather in February (right in cyclone season for one), they will not be going on the 2013 cruise to Fiji.

Book me in!

Having been on the first gene cruise, I applaud your choice of a boat with good conferencing facilities. It will make your job and that of the presenters so much easier.

Book me in!

Sydney and Melbourne are not

Sydney and Melbourne are not the only "major Australian cities", and it is not necessary to head south from either of them in order to cruise in a major ship.

Our cruises vary each time

Our cruises vary. The first one went from Brisbane to the Pacific Islands. The 2nd is going from Auckland to Sydney via eight ports in New Zealand,Tasmania and Melbourne. We chose Sydney for a different departure for our 3rd - with Tasmania as a preferred different destination - but that is not a settled commitment yet. A major factor in future is a ship with good conferencing facilities and this pretty much limits us to ships that only come down south for summer - and almost all of those go out of Sydney.

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