Legacy Genealogy Cruise - we need a couple of singles

Our 8th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise to New England and Eastern Canada (Sep 29-Oct 8) is almost full - we have two balcony rooms and seven inside cabins remaining, so if you're considering joining us, please give us a call this week.

And if you are single ... we are looking for:

  • one male to share an inside cabin with another single male already booked in our Legacy group
  • one female to share an inside cabin with another single female already booked in our Legacy group

For more information, please visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2011.asp, call our travel agent Christy at 1-888-505-6997, or email her at info@trekalot.com.


Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2011 to feature Thomas MacEntee

ThomasMacentee-small April 15, 2011 – Surprise, Arizona: The 2011 Legacy Genealogy Cruise – an annual event in its 8th year – is pleased to announce that professional genealogist and technology educator Thomas MacEntee (and popular webinar speaker) will be joining the event as its featured speaker. The 9-day genealogy cruise takes place beginning September 29, 2011 and visits New England and Eastern Canada on the luxurious Royal Caribbean’s Explorer Of The Seas ship.
 
Over a nine-day period, MacEntee will offer presentations related to genealogy technology including “They’re Alive – Searching for Living Persons,” “Managing Your Genealogy Data,” “Google for Genealogists,” and “Backing Up Your Genealogy Data”. He will join Legacy Family Tree’s Geoff Rasmussen and others who will offer classes on Legacy and other genealogy technology.
 
The 8th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, held in the fall when the New England foliage is brilliant in every imaginable color, starts and ends in New Jersey and visits the following ports: Cape Liberty Cruise Port, New Jersey; Portland, Maine; Bar Harbor, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Boston, Massachusetts.
 
For more information, or to register, visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2011.asp. 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 2011 announced - New England and Eastern Canada - Sep 29-Oct 8

ExplorerOfTheSeas The 8th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, to be held September 29-October 8, 2011, starts and ends in New Jersey, and visits the following ports: Cape Liberty Cruise Port, New Jersey; Portland, Maine; Bar Harbor, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Boston, Massachusetts. We will sail on Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas ship.

Experience New England and Eastern Canada the way you've always dreamed

Lighthouses aren't the only reason people found their way here. New England and Eastern Canada have an unmistakable charm, rich history and natural beauty all their own. And there's no better time to visit than the fall - when the foliage is brilliant in every imaginable color, lighthouses dot the coastline, and there's always an authentic lobster bake going on somewhere.

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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 than you ever thought possible. You will be learning directly from the experts. Last cruise's classes were recorded for each of the students so they could replay them at home.

The Ship

Pool There's never been a cruise ship like Royal Caribbean's ship Explorer of the Seas. Enjoy one-of-a-kind features like an ice-skating rink, the Royal Promenade and a rock-climbing wall. There was only one way to accommodate all of these innovative ideas. We built a bigger cruise ship. The 138,000-ton, 3,114-guest Explorer of the Seas offers more space for every guest - plus enhanced staterooms, expanded dining options and exceptional recreational facilities. This cruise ship is so high-tech, it even features the University of Miami Ocean Lab, a state-of-the-art oceanographic and atmospheric science lab.

Reservations or Questions

Prices begin at US $789 per person, based on double occupancy. The price includes:

  • genealogy classes
  • shipboard accommodations
  • ocean transportation
  • meals
  • some beverages
  • most onboard entertainment

Port charges, taxes, gratuities, airfare 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_2011.asp.


Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2010 - we're back

Our 7th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise has concluded. We all had the time of our lives. I'm now trying to recover from a couple of new syndromes I picked up: 1) a severe case of desynchronosis (jet lag), 2) an even more serious case of I-sure-enjoyed-not-making-my-own-food-or-cleaning-up-after-myself, and 3) the "I ate too much good food and didn't exercise enough" syndrome. However, after 2 1/2 days of being home now, I have lost 7 pounds. It's not so hard going back to work though because I absolutely love what I do.

Whilst (a new word for me) in Australia and New Zealand, we saw kangaroos, kiwis, the Mauri Haka, waterfalls splashing into the sea, and even a few whales. My wife and I climbed Mt. Maunganui, toured the Cadburry Chocolate Factory (where I discovered new taste buds), explored the Gloworm caves, danced, read, slept, and have I mentioned - we ate lots of food?

While (I just can't get used to the word 'whilst') teaching classes and speaking with our Legacy cruisers (about 2/3 were from Australia and New Zealand) I learned that "I" was the one with the strong accent. And I loved hearing the Aussies welcome me with a "g'day mate". They really say that - I thought it was just something they said in the movies. Anyways, I grew to love the people in our group, especially those from "down under" - they are such a warm, friendly people. My favorite part of the entire cruise was the Legacy classes. We were able to add about 4 1/2 hours of additional instruction, including personal one-on-one sessions. Two of our cruisers, Jan Gow and Wayne Anderson, gave brilliant (another of my new favorite words) classes on various aspects of genealogy technology. My favorite class was Wayne's serendipity stories, which concluded with others in the group sharing their own serendipity experiences.

So...it is back to work for the Legacy development team. We have some great things planned for the near and not-so-near future. Happy Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday) to everyone in the U.S. this week. Below are just a few of the 249 pictures I took.

The Fiordlands had hundreds of waterfalls spilling into the sea. This was the most beautiful part of the trip.

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Haka is a traditional dance of the Māori in New Zealand.

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I couldn't resist taking pictures of New Zealand cemeteries.

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Our ship - the Sun Princess.

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My wife and I on the 2nd formal night:

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If you look really closely, and with a little imagination, you can see the tip of the whale we saw during dinner. Good thing I got it on video - nobody believed me....

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Here's a picture of some of our cruisers in class:

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I guess I should conclude this article now. Our 8th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise is just 10 months and 5 days away. We hope to see you next September as we cruise New England and eastern Canada.


Bon Voyage - Legacy Genealogy Cruise begins

Tomorrow we leave to begin our 7th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, this year to Australia and New Zealand. The cruise starts and ends in Sydney, Australia visits the following New Zealand ports: Fjordland National Park, Dunedin (Port Chalmers), Christchurch (Lyttelton), Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland, and Bay of Islands. We will sail on Princess Cruises Sun Princess ship. We've also got 13 fantastic hours of personal Legacy and genealogy instruction from five different instructors.

This paragraph is where I'm hoping to promise that I will publish daily articles about our trip like I did last year. Umm...I really want to...and I'm really glad I did last year...I'm still trying to talk myself into it...Let's see - dancing with my wife (alone - no kids!) on the Sun Princess or writing about the adventures of the Legacy classes....We'll see how it goes (just being honest here...).

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 gone. Thanks Jim, Sherry, Brian, Ron, Tim, Sarah, Leonard and Haybron for keeping us going!

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

Thinking about next year's cruise already? From September 29 to October 8, 2011, we will cruise New England and Eastern Canada. Visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2011.asp for all the details.


Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2010 - Legacy classes

Cruise In just over a month our 7th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise will begin. Departing from Sydney, Australia on November 8, we will visit eight New Zealand ports and enjoy four days of Legacy classes while at sea.

This year's class lineup will feature five different speakers - all with classes that everyone will love.

Legacy Family Tree's Geoff Rasmussen will teach:

  • Timelines
  • Digital images: organizing, preserving, sharing, restoring
  • Legacy Family Tree: Just for Beginners
  • Sources Made Simple
  • Legacy's Searching & Tagging Explained
  • Where to Share: create your first website and blog
  • Tips & Tricks to Using Legacy

Legacy Family Tree's Dave Berdan and Ken McGinnis:

  • Q/A with the developers

Jan Gow:

  • The Big 5 - Create a Meticulous Checklist for Your Research
  • Let's Put Our Money in the Telescope - Zooming in on UK Pay2View sites
  • Let's Climb TreePad! Create research, reference and tracking templates

Wayne Anderson:

  • Six Degrees of Separation: A Story of Serendipity
  • From Database to Book: a case study in the process of transforming a Legacy data file into a professional family history book

As always, we'll have a great syllabus for everyone. See you in November Australia and New Zealand!


Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2010 - need one female

Our 7th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise is fast approaching. I can't wait to see Australia and New Zealand and, er, teach Legacy classes too. :)

I'm told that we need one more person to attend - a single female to share a cabin with one of our already-booked female Legacy users.

This actually is a great opportunity because normally a cruise is only booked based on double-occupancy. So if you are a single female and wouldn't mind sharing a cabin, we only have one more week to sign you up.

For more information about the cruise, please click here. Or you can call 1-888-505-6997 to speak with our travel agent.

Hope to you at least one more of you there!


Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2010 - Australia/New Zealand - Nov 8-21

The 7th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, held November 8-21, 2010, starts and ends in Sydney, Australia and visits the following New Zealand ports: Fjordland National Park, Dunedin (Port Chalmers), Christchurch (Lyttelton), Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland, and Bay of Islands. We will sail on Princess Cruises Sun Princess ship. There is still room but time is getting short.

Experience Australia and New Zealand the way you've always dreamed.

NewzealandAustralia and New Zealand provide some of the most unique and beautiful landscapes in the world. Spotlight the bustling metropolises of Sydney and Auckland, plus the incredible wildlife on land and at sea, and you have all the elements for a truly memorable vacation. From the sophistication of the Opera House and the world-class wineries, to the rugged individualism of the Outback and its inhabitants, Australia and New Zealand possess a wonderful diversity of sights, activities and cultures. Few travel experiences can rival the excitement of sailing into the glistening harbors of Sydney and Auckland, as well as inspiring attractions, such as scenic Fjordland National Park, just to name a few.

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 than you ever thought possible. You will be learning directly from the experts. Last year's classes were recorded for each of the students so they could replay them at home.

The Ship

Pool Our ship, the Sun Princess, has more than 400 balcony staterooms, so you can wake up to your own exclusive vista. Take a dip in one of three spacious pools or spend your evening at one of the show lounges with unique performances each night. Dining options are also plentiful, including two formal dining rooms, the Sterling Steakhouse and the 24-hour Horizon Court. And don't miss the Lotus Spa for some pampering.

Reservations or Questions

Prices begin at US $1595 per person, double occupancy. The price includes:

  • genealogy classes
  • shipboard accommodations
  • ocean transportation
  • meals
  • some beverages
  • most onboard entertainment

Port charges, taxes, gratuities, airfare 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 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_2010.asp.


Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2010 - Australia/New Zealand - Nov 8-21

Sp_main The 7th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, held November 8-21, 2010, starts and ends in Sydney, Australia and visits the following New Zealand ports: Fjordland National Park, Dunedin (Port Chalmers), Christchurch (Lyttelton), Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland, and Bay of Islands. We will sail on Princess Cruises Sun Princess ship.

Experience Australia and New Zealand the way you've always dreamed.

NewzealandAustralia and New Zealand provide some of the most unique and beautiful landscapes in the world. Spotlight the bustling metropolises of Sydney and Auckland, plus the incredible wildlife on land and at sea, and you have all the elements for a truly memorable vacation. From the sophistication of the Opera House and the world-class wineries, to the rugged individualism of the Outback and its inhabitants, Australia and New Zealand possess a wonderful diversity of sights, activities and cultures. Few travel experiences can rival the excitement of sailing into the glistening harbors of Sydney and Auckland, as well as inspiring attractions, such as scenic Fjordland National Park, just to name a few.

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 than you ever thought possible. You will be learning directly from the experts. Last year's classes were recorded for each of the students so they could replay them at home.

The Ship

Pool Our ship, the Sun Princess, has more than 400 balcony staterooms, so you can wake up to your own exclusive vista. Take a dip in one of three spacious pools or spend your evening at one of the show lounges with unique performances each night. Dining options are also plentiful, including two formal dining rooms, the Sterling Steakhouse and the 24-hour Horizon Court. And don't miss the Lotus Spa for some pampering.

Reservations or Questions

Prices begin at US $1595 per person, double occupancy. The price includes:

  • genealogy classes
  • shipboard accommodations
  • ocean transportation
  • meals
  • some beverages
  • most onboard entertainment

Port charges, taxes, gratuities, airfare and optional tours are extra.

Click here to securely book your cruise online.

To reserve a cabin, or ask questions, contact our travel agency, AA Travel Time at 888-505-6997 or send an email to book@aatraveltime.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_2010.asp.


How to recover from a genealogy cruise

Our 6th annual Legacy Genealogy cruise has concluded. What a great time we had. Now it's back to real life where we have to make our own food, clean up after ourselves, and come up with our own entertainment. Returning to normal life isn't as easy as it might seem....

Most of us picked up desynchronosis (jet lag) on the way home. I'm writing this article at about noon, but my body thinks it's time to go to bed (guess I better keep this short, eh?) My 8-month-old daughter was perfect on the airplane ride home (I was really worried) but now at about one in the morning she's ready to start her day. Oh the woes of returning home from a genealogy cruise. ;)

Food here at home is not quite the same. I really want my 2-egg ham and cheese omelete, hash browns, bacon, pineapple, and orange juice for breakfast, but I don't want to make it or clean it up. I'll sure miss the cruise food and ice cream sundaes. My waist line doesn't mind though - I lost 5 pounds! Can't believe it! We did walk a lot to see the sights. I'm sure this is what saved me.

Coming home from a genealogy cruise also means that I've got some catching up to do. I'm now down to 616 work emails, 202 personal emails, and various mailing lists and RSS feeds to catch up on. Should I just delete everything as if I didn't receive the messages? Kidding....I'm actually quite anxious to get back to work - we've got some great things we're working on.

In case you missed it, we wrote about our travels on this Legacy News blog:

Bon Voyage - Legacy Genealogy Cruise begins

Legacy Genealogy Cruise - Travel Day and Barcelona

More Barcelona and Setting Sail

Legacy classes

Rome and Pompeii

Day at sea

Day in Croatia

Venice, last day of classes, and Olympia

Athens and Ephesus

Thanks to all of our cruisers for making this a memorable experience. Hope to see all of you in Australia and New Zealand next year (that's the plan for now, we'll "officially" announce it soon I'm sure). Here's our group picture. I don't think everyone made it for the photo, but we're still a great looking group:

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