PrintThe team at Unlock the Past are kicking off 2015 with a very special cruise, one to Western Australia.

The Date: 5 nights, 19-24 January 2015
The Ship: Cruise & Maritime Voyages “Astor”
The Pricing: starts from AU$1099

7th cruise - Astor shipThis cruise (the 7th Unlock the Past Cruise) coincides with Albany’s Anzac Centenary. Not only was the Western Australian port of Albany was the first port in Western Australia, as well as being the site of the first European settlement in 1826, it was also the gathering point for the convoys carrying the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and New Zealand Expeditionary Force (later to be known collectively as the ANZACs), that departed from Australia in November and December 1914.

This cruise program will have have some tie in with this occasion—as well as being part of a wider range of talks. There will be talks covering Australian military history, Irish and German topics, website searching, medical history and more. This 7th cruise gives you two sea days, and two days in ports, so the conference program is lighter than most other Unlock the Past cruises, but it still gives you the choice of 24 talks from five well- known Australian genealogy and history presenters: Richard Reid, Eric Kopittke, Rosemary Kopittke, Mike Murray, Lesley Silvester and Helen V. Smith.

And although the program isn’t 100% finalised, you can see the program as it currently is here.

7th Unlock the Cruise - Western AustraTalks will not be scheduled during the day while the ship is in port, so you’ll have to time to go ashore and do your own thing.

And as with all Unlock the Past cruises, they will also offer their Research Help Zone sessions, and small special interest groups. These are the ideal place to bring details of your brick walls, and make the most of the expert genealogists and historians onboard. With a bit of preparation you can maximise your time with the Research Help Zone volunteers. Helen V. Smith has written a great post about this with some great tips.

A genealogy cruise is a wonderful opportunity to network and interact with all cruisers – genealogically and socially.

For more information about the conference, the ship, the cabins, or to book, please visit the Unlock the Past Cruises website…