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After a busy schedule of 3 cruises during 2016, Unlock the Past cruises are taking it a little easier in 2017 with just one scheduled.

Having been around Australia, to New Zealand, to the Pacific Islands, around the UK and Europe, their 13th cruise is something totally different. This one goes from Brisbane to Papua New Guinea, its islands, and back. A total of 10 nights (4 sea days, 5 sightseeing days), its a great mix of holiday, and genealogy.

Date: 28 July – 7 August 2017
Duration: 10 nights
Ship: Pacific Aria
Price: you can book the cruise with Clean Cruising our cruise agent, or your own, and pay the daily rate for the cabin, with a conference fee of AU$450 per person, and AU$250 for a non-genealogy companion sharing a cabin

Fri 28 Jul 2017, Brisbane – depart 2pm
Sat 29 Jul 2017, at sea
Sun 30 Jul 2017. at sea
Mon 31 Jul 2017, Milne Bay (Alotau) – 8am-6pm
Tue 1 Aug 2017, Kitava – 8am-4pm
Wed 2 Aug 2017, Rabaul – 8am-5pm
Thu 3 Aug 2017, Kirwana Island, Trobriand Islands – 9am-5pm
Fri 4 Aug 2017, Conflict Islands – 8am-5pm
Sat 5 Aug 2017, at sea
Sun 6 Aug 2017, at sea
Mon 7 Aug 2017, Brisbane – arrive 8am

The voyage is on P&O’s Pacific Aria, and this newly renovated ship has one of the best for conference facilities that we’ve ever seen. The Unlock the Past cruise group will have exclusive access to two of the three conference rooms for the duration of the cruise.

This ship has 9 guest decks, and can cater for a total of 1500 passengers. And as you would expect with a cruise ship it has numerous restaurants, bars, and entertainment areas. But have a look at the video below for more.

Dr Tom Lewis OAM
Kerry Farmer
Rob Hamilton
Shauna Hicks
Eric Kopittke
Rosemary Kopittke
Helen Smith

For more details about speakers, click here.

The program features 40 presentations with a special Pacific war stream by lead presenter Dr Tom Lewis. It will also include Research Help Zone sessions (one-on-one help from experts) and as the conference is held on sea days, it won’t conflict with time in port to go and sightsee.

Just a few of the topics on the Preliminary program include:
– Big brushes and big guns: The Japanese attack on the half of the world (T. Lewis)
– Online newspapers and eResources: Are you making the most of them? (S. Hicks)
– Land a property records England (R. Kopittke)
– DNA: Which test and why? (H. Smith)
– Treatment of Germans during the World Wars (E. Kopittke)
– What does Freemasonry offer genealogists (R. Hamilton)
– Mapping ancestors in Australia (S. Hicks)
– Maps and gazetteers for German research (E. Kopittke)
– What we still don’t know about the Japanese war against Australia (T. Lewis)
– Deliving into Australasia wills and probates for family history (S. Hicks)

To see the full Preliminary program, click here.

For more information on this cruise visit the Unlock the Past cruises website, phone them on (08) 8263 2055, or for booking queries you can contact Ciaran at Clean Cruising on 1800 121 187 and he’ll be able to help you.

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Great fun, great friends, great genealogy, and great places to see – that’s what you’ll find on a Unlock the Past cruise. We hope you can join us on this one, or another in the future.