Legacy Genealogy Cruise - First Day of Classes and Shuffleboard

Sunday, May 13

This morning my wife and I were wide awake at 4am. I guess our bodies were still on Arizona time. We watched the sun rise at about 4:30, got dressed, and were first in line when the continental breakfast opened at 6. After enjoying some orange juice, pastries, and fruit, we checked out the conference center. It was already set up with about 100 chairs, a projector, and screen. Good to go! We then admired the art gallery and made our way back to the buffet for our second breakfast. The omelet, crispy dark bacon, and another tall glass of orange juice got me ready for a morning of teaching Legacy classes.

Dave Berdan, Legacy’s co-founder, spoke first. He officially welcomed everyone, introduced our Legacy team, and answered a few questions. Christy had a nice presentation and small gift for all the mothers in room. Happy Mother’s Day to everyone! I was a good boy this year. Because I would be gone on Mother’s Day, I ordered flowers to be sent to my mother, mother-in-law, and even our babysitter. I surprised my wife with her first-ever pearl necklace and earrings. The day was off to a great start, and it kept getting better. I spoke on the use of timelines, events, sources, Research Guidance, the To Do List, and a few miscellaneous topics. I was surprised when later that night, I had two non-genealogists  (supportive spouses) comment that they really enjoyed the classes. Judy Wight taught an excellent class on tips for finding our English ancestors.

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After lunch Luc and I began our shuffleboard tournament. This is a yearly tradition of ours dating back to our first Legacy genealogy cruise nearly ten years ago. We’ve played in the sunshine, torrential rainstorms, and today in 50-mile-an-hour wind. After our first two games Randy Seaver appeared. We invited him to play, he seemed hesitant at first, but then accepted the invite, with the qualifier that he hadn’t played in years. After the first game we knew that couldn’t be true – he has some real skills.

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Since it was formal night tonight I had to put an end to today’s tournament and put on my suit and tie. My wife was beautiful – I love formal night! Dinner was great, but the highlight was that both Christy and Tanya had the same dress. I think this usually bothers women but after the initial surprise, they laughed about it. What a coincidence. Better get some sleep, Paris is tomorrow.


Bon Voyage - Legacy Genealogy Cruise begins

Tomorrow we leave to begin our 9th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, this year to the British Isles. About 200 of us will cruise together, departing from Oslo, Norway and visiting Le Havre (Paris), France; Cherbourg, France; Dublin, Ireland; Liverpool, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; Arhus, Denmark; Bergen, Norway; and Geiranger, Norway. We will sail on Royal Caribbean's Vision Of The Seas. We've also got 22 hours of personal Legacy and genealogy instruction from six different instructors, including Irish expert Judy Wight and blogger, Randy Seaver. I'm looking forward to the one-on-one and small group sessions we have planned also.

Just because I will be gone for 17 days enjoying the sun (well, actually the snow and rain...), the food (I promise to spend time in the gym), and time alone with my wife (oh how I will miss my four kiddos at home) doesn't mean I will forget about all of you. I hope to keep you updated - here on this blog (and probably over on our Facebook page too) - nearly every day, with pictures and play-by-play accounts of everything we're up to.

And by the way, even though we won't have our weekly webinars and their traditional coupon codes while we're gone, watch these articles for special coupon codes. In fact, I just had an idea. Why don't we issue a Bon Voyage 10% off-anything-in-the-store coupon code? Here's the code:

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It's good for 10% off anything in the online store through the first day of our cruise, Saturday, May 12, 2012.

Our sincere thanks go out to our entire technical support and sales staff who will continue to provide sales and support services while we are away. Thanks Jim, Sherry, Brian, Ron, and Sarah for keeping us afloat!

We'll either see you here, on Facebook, or on the ship!


Legacy Genealogy Cruise to the British Isles and Norwegian Fjords - last week to sign up before prices change

I just got a note from our Legacy cruise coordinator - this is the last week to sign up for the British Isles and Norwegian genealogy cruises before the prices go up. So if you've been on the fence, give Christy a call (1-888-505-6997) or send her an email. Or watch the webinar to learn all about it.

In case you missed the announcement, Ireland specialist, Judy Wight, will be our featured speaker. Click here to read more.

See you in Oslo in May!


Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2012 to feature Judith Eccles Wight

Sp_smallThe 2012 Legacy Genealogy Cruise – an annual event in its 9th year – is pleased to announce that professional genealogist and educator Judith Eccles Wight (and popular webinar speaker for Legacy Family Tree) will be joining the event as its featured speaker. The back-to-back genealogy cruises take place beginning May 12, 2012 and visits the British Isles (first cruise) and the Norwegian Fjords (second cruise, immediately following the first) on the luxurious Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas ship.

Judy-100During the first nine-day period, Judy will offer presentations related to the key resources for Irish, English, and Scottish research, including the best websites and details about the various record repositories in these countries that you will visit. An Accredited Genealogist, Judy is one of genealogy's best researchers of these countries - what an opportunity you will have to learn from such an expert! She will join Legacy Family Tree’s Geoff Rasmussen and others who will offer classes on Legacy and other genealogy technology.

The first of the back-to-back cruises starts and ends in Oslo, Norway and visits the following ports: Le Havre (Paris), France; Cherbourg, France; Dublin, Ireland; Liverpool, England; and Edinburgh, Scotland. The second leg starts and ends in Oslo, Norway and visits Århus, Denmark; Bergen, Norway; Geiranger, Norwegian Fjords.

For more information, or to register, visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2012.asp. Or call our travel coordinator, Christy, at 1-888-505-6997 or send an email to info@trekalot.com. Not only will you have the vacation of a lifetime, but you will do so in good company with other genealogists.

Hope to see you all there!


Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2012 - British Isles and Norwegian Fjords

Our 9th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, to be held in May 2012, will visit Norway, France, Ireland, England, Scotland, and Denmark. You'll get to visit your ancestral homelands AND attend genealogy and Legacy classes on the days at sea.

If you are interested in attending, you need to act quickly. Since this is Royal Caribeean's only British Isles sailing in 2012, it is nearly sold out. Here's how you can learn all about it:

  • Watch our Cruising with Legacy in 2012 webinar. In this webinar, our cruise coordinator, Christy Downing, shows all the places we will visit, and gives an overview of a cruise experience.
  • Read all about it on our cruise website.
  • Call our cruise coordinator, Christy, at 1-888-505-6997.
  • Email Christy at info@trekalot.com.

Hope to see you on board!

Cruise 1: May 12-21, 2012

Cruise 2: May 21-27, 2012


Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2011 - We're Back!

This year I gained way more than just the four extra pounds I accumulated on our 8th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise. I found several new ancestors, learned that my long-time friend is a cousin, had a fantastic serendipitous experience at the cemetery, took 284 pictures, and came home with lots of memories and new friends.

While I gained so much, the day before the cruise departed, I lost my grandmother. She lived a good long life, and although I was unable to make it home for the funeral, I was doing what she loved so much - genealogy. I wonder if she had anything to do with the unbelievable experiences I had in locating my ancestors in Maine. I will write about this soon.

Besides the beautiful cemeteries we visited, the best parts of the cruise were the classes and our attendees. There was something different about the 170+ that accompanied us this year. It seemed as if we already knew each other so well. Everyone commented about how wonderful the speakers were. Between Thomas MacEntee, Steve Salisbury, Luc Comeau, Dave Berdan, Ken McGinnis, and myself, we presented about 16 hours of genealogy and technology classes. We were even able to squeeze in a few extra hours of personal one-on-one time before and after the classes. One of the highlights was our group excursion to the oldest genealogy society in America - the New England Historic Genealogical Society. There, we were given a tour, had time to research, and some were given free personal consultations from professionals. Thanks Thomas MacEntee for setting this up! I was delighted to personally meet Marian Pierre-Louis, our Connecticut webinar speaker. Thanks Marian for making the trip. I tried to get her to spill the beans on Nathan Brown's parents, but I'll still have to wait for our November 2 webinar.

So...it is back to work for the Legacy development team. It's not so hard for me because I absolutely love what I do. We have some great things planned for the near and the not-so-near future.

Below are just a few of the 284 pictures I took.

The view from the top of the Portland Observatory (Maine) with our ship in the background:

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Our group:

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The Statue of Liberty - one of my favorite symbols of our freedom:

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Dinner with Ken McGinnis and Thomas MacEntee:

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Me with my 6th great-grandparents in "Smart Cemetery":

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Panorama of a town in Nova Scotia:

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Yummy clam chowder in New Brunswick:

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Me, Thomas, and Marian at the New England Historic Genealogical Society:

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Dave Berdan, Ken McGinnis, Geoff Rasmussen, and Luc Comeau:

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Some of our cruisers in class:

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I guess I should conclude this article now. Our 9th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise is just 7 months and 2 days away. We hope to see you next May as we cruise the British Isles and the Norwegian Fjords.


Bon Voyage - Legacy Genealogy Cruise begins

Tomorrow we leave to begin our 8th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, this year to New England and eastern Canada. About 200 of us will cruise together, departing from Cape Liberty Cruise Port, New Jersey and visiting Portland, Maine; Bar Habor, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Boston, Massachusetts. We will sail on Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas. We've also got 15 hours of personal Legacy and genealogy instruction from six different instructors, including webinar-favorite, Thomas MacEntee.

Speaking of Bar Habor, Maine - I've just realized that I have four generations of ancestors within an hour's drive of this port. Can you guess what I'll be doing here? I'm sure my wife is as excited as I am to visit these cemeteries on her vacation.

I'm still trying to decide if I will post daily updates to this blog - cruising is very hard work with so little time to relax and write. :) I'm leaning towards adding photos to our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/legacyfamilytree. I hope you'll follow us there.

Our sincere thanks go out to our entire technical support and sales staff who will continue to provide sales and support services while we are away. Thanks Jim, Sherry, Brian, Ron, and Sarah for keeping us going!

And for the first time, I can't wait for this cruise to end - because it means I'm that much closer to our November 2 webinar where Marian Pierre-Louis will announce the identity of and how she found the parents of my ancestor, Nathan Brown. That's right, this is the Brown family that you all know so well through this blog. And she won't even give me any clues until the webinar - you will find out at the same time I do. I hope you'll register for the webinar to enjoy the moment with me as one of my brick walls is solved. Visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp to register (free). And of course, I'm looking forward to our two other October webinars: Uncovering Your Irish Family History by Jennifer Geraghty-Gorman and Let Your Voice Be Heard in the Digital Conversation by Drusilla Pair.

We'll either see you here, on Facebook, or on the ship!

Thinking about next year's cruises already? From May 12-21, 2012 we will cruise Norway, France, Ireland, England, and Scotland. And from May 21-27 we will cruise the Norwegian fjords and Denmark. Visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2012.asp for all the details.


Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2012 - time is running out

Our 9th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, to be held in May 2012, will visit Norway, France, Ireland, England, Scotland, and Denmark. You'll get to visit your ancestral homelands AND attend genealogy and Legacy classes on the days at sea.

If you are interested in attending, you need to act quickly. Since this is Royal Caribeean's only British Isles sailing in 2012, it is filling up quickly. Here's how you can learn all about it:

  • Watch our Cruising with Legacy in 2012 webinar. In this webinar, our cruise coordinator, Christy Downing, shows all the places we will visit, and gives an overview of a cruise experience.
  • Read all about it on our cruise website.
  • Call our cruise coordinator, Christy, at 1-888-505-6997.
  • Email Christy at info@trekalot.com.

Hope to see you on board!


Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2012 - watch the webinar AND we added a 2nd destination

Exciting announcements for next year's 9th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise! We're still sailing to the British Isles May 12-21, 2012, but we've now added a second cruise to the Norwegian Fjords and Denmark.

Join us for one - or the other - or for both. The Norwegian Fjords cruise sets sail - on the same ship - and on the same day (May 21-27) that we conclude our British Isles cruise. So if you've always wanted to visit France, Ireland, England, Scotland, Norway, or Denmark - this is a fantastic opportunity to do it with a large group of other Legacy Family Tree users.

Watch the webinar

Christy Downing, our Legacy Cruise coordinator, explained everything you need to know in today's webinar. She showed us pictures of the ship, talked about the dining choices, explained what we will see in each destination, and answered everyone's questions in a Q/A session. Legacy's vice-president, Ken McGinnis, was also a guest and told a little about how our genealogy cruises got started.

Click here to watch the webinar.

Questions

If you have any questions, you can:


Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2012 announcement - British Isles - May 12-21, 2012

Cruiseship2012 The 9th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, to be held May 12-21, 2012, starts and ends in Oslo, Norway, and visits the following ports: Le Havre (Paris), France; Cherbourg, France; Dublin, Ireland; Liverpool, England; and Edinburgh, Scotland. We will sail on Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas ship.

Attend our webinar, Crusing with Legacy Family Tree in 2012 on Friday, June 3 to have all your questions answered. Register here for the free event.

Experience the British Isles the way you've always dreamed

With so much for you to see and do, Northern Europe is an explorer's playground. Tour majestic castles and elegant grand residences. Stroll through historic town squares and world-class museums. Whatever you decide to do, one thing is certain - your Northern European cruise will be an unforgettable vacation.

Paris Genealogy Classes at Sea

On the days we are at sea attend the Legacy Family Tree genealogy classes and learn the real secrets to becoming an expert with Legacy and improving the way you do your research. Go home with the knowledge and tools you need to be more successful. You will be learning directly from the experts.

The Ship

Vision of the Seas, like all Royal Caribbean ships, has cabins that have been designed with a spacious look and the ship’s public spaces are especially airy and bright. Radiance has 87 suites, including an Owner’s Suite, a Royal Family Suite Grand Oceanview Suites and Superior Oceanview Suites. There are 231 private balcony cabins, 496 ocean view cabins, and 327 inside cabins. Vision-class amenities include TV with closed-circuit and pay-for-view movies, safe, individual temperature controls, mini-bars, and hair-dryer.

The ShipShape Fitness Center & Spa has a full menu of revitalizing treatments and equipment for burning off calories. Workout areas have recumbent Life Cycles, Textrix step machines and virtual bikes, along with Cybex strength machines, treadmills, saunas and steam baths. The 35-person aerobics area has wrap-around windows for spectacular ocean views. There’s also Ping-Pong and Volleyball.

Vision of the Seas has beautiful onboard amenities too. There's the very soothing Day Spa, two pools, six whirlpools, and the Masquerade Theatre, which features nightly entertainment, like contemporary musical stage productions. And that's just the beginning of your cruise vacation.

  • Rock-climbing wall
  • Themed bars and lounges
  • Casino RoyaleSM
  • Stunning Centrum, an open atrium featuring shopping and more
  • Indoor /outdoor pool in a Solarium with a sliding roof
  • Outdoor pool
  • 6 whirlpools
  • Adventure Ocean® youth facilities
  • Day Spa and Fitness Center

Reservations or questions

Prices begin at $1,275.47 per person, based on double occupancy. The price includes:

  • genealogy classes
  • shipboard accommodations
  • ocean transportation
  • meals
  • some beverages
  • most onboard entertainment
  • port charges
  • government fees and taxes

Airfare, gratuities and optional tours are extra.

Click here to securely book your cruise online.

To reserve a cabin, or ask questions, contact our travel agency, Trekalot, at 1-888-505-6997 or send an email to info@trekalot.com.

More Information

For class descriptions, frequently asked questions, descriptions of the places we'll visit, or pictures of our past cruises, visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2012.asp.