Frequently Asked Questions
The genealogy portion of our cruise will include educational presentations, demos, networking, consultations, and the option of a few library tours. On the cruise we will have a day of presentations by David Allen Lambert, Daniel Horowitz, Tami Osmer Mize, and Gena Philibert-Ortega (see itinerary and bios here). We will also have presentations, 1:1 consultations and demos on other evenings throughout the trip. We will have a private tour at Pier 21 in Halifax as well as presentations by Pier 21 and Library and Archives Canada staff. There will also be opportunity for research assistance by and at Pier 21. For those interested, we will also have a day at NEHGS the Tuesday after the cruise ends. More events, tours, presentation titles, etc., to come!
All passengers wanting to join up must book with our travel agent Terri O’Connell. You can call her or you can use her website. Terri is fabulous and is here to answer your questions. So just ask! She’s a genealogist which makes it even better! The cruise website is: www.oconnelltravel.com/group/familyhistory
Please note that you will be paying for the cruise with Terri (a down payment is all that’s required until the final amount is due). There is another charge ($150 due a week before we cruise) for those who want to take part in presentations and genealogical activities associated with this trip. This fee covers the syllabus, presenters, etc.
If you have a non-genealogist coming with you, they do not pay the extra fee! So bring that non-genealogist spouse along for the cruise fun!
You can find the tentative presentation and demo titles here. We are also working on a few tours and research opportunities. Take part in as much or as little as you want!
A $350 deposit holds your cabin. The best part? You don’t have to make a final payment until May 2019! Payment for presentations will be due in the early part of August 2019.
You can pay your deposit by going to the cruise website at http://www.oconnelltravel.com/group/familyhistory or talking to Terri at 773-962-1609 .
Also, if you are on Facebook, let Gena <https://www.facebook.com/gena.p.ortega> know you’d like to join our Facebook group. Just friend her and then she can add you to the group. It’s there where we talk about options, provide the latest information, and get to know each other.
Of course! Make your reservation with Terri and let her know that your cabin mate won’t be participating in the genealogy portion of the cruise. They will pay the cruise costs but not the genealogy cost ($150).
That’s really up to you. As a group, we have group dinner reservations providing you the opportunity to sit with fellow attendees and network but you can choose to eat separately. You will be invited to a tour and presentations at Pier 21 in Halifax but you are under no obligation to attend. You can also choose which presentations and demonstrations you want to participate in. It’s your genealogy vacation! You decide to do what works best for you.
We are working on some possible tours or research experiences in Montreal prior to the cruise. For those interested, on Tuesday, August 20th we have a tour and research day at New England Historic Genealogical Society. We will provide hotel options for both cities or you may contact Terri, our travel agent to make separate arrangements. Once again these activities are optional.
For participating in the presentations and demonstrations, we recommend bringing a notebook and pens. You may also choose to bring a laptop or mobile device. One thing to consider is that cruise ships charge a fee for Internet access and the Internet is often slow or less than reliable. We will not be requiring you to use the Internet during the presentations. If you want to discuss your genealogy with one of the presenters or attendees, we suggest printing out a pedigree chart, family group sheet, and a research log. We will be bring you a print copy of the syllabus to make notes on.
Holland America has a Know Before You Go booklet that we recommend downloading. This booklet includes information about what to pack for your cruise. Find it at https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/faq.html
It depends. Gena has gone on at least 5 cruises and has only been seasick a few times when the weather and seas were a tad rough. She solved the problem by taking seasick pills, drinking some sparkling water, and getting some fresh air. We recommend you bring some Dramamine or other remedy with you that way you can will prepared just in case.