This looks like an excellent trip! A rather large group of genealogists will join some of the leading genealogy lecturers of today on a voyage from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta then on to Mazatlan, then to Cabo San Lucas and back to Los Angeles. The trip will include sightseeing, on-shore expeditions, great food, relaxation, and presentations about genealogical research methods, sources, tools, technologies and DNA from some of the foremost experts in those fields.
The annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise has long been sponsored by Wholly Genes Software. This year, a new management team is in place, under the guidance of Craig Scott, CEO of Heritage Books. This is nothing new for Craig as he has already been a lecturer on a number of previous cruises and also helped manage last year’s cruise. Wholly Genes is still involved. The cruise web site states, “Hosted by Heritage Books, Inc. in consultation with Wholly Genes, Inc.”
This year’s event will start in Los Angeles on November 29, cruise the “Mexican Riviera,” then return to Los Angeles on December 6, 2014. The weather is usually gorgeous that time of year along Mexico’s west coast.
This year’s speakers include: Angie Bush, a professional genetic genealogist; Cyndi Ingle, creator, owner and “webmaster” of the award-winning web site Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites; Bill Litchman, lecturer and frequent author of articles in many leading genealogy magazines; J. Mark Lowe, a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer; Craig Roberts Scott, popular lecturer and author of numerous books and articles in leading magazine magazines.
In many ways, a genealogy cruise is similar to a genealogy conference in a convention center on land, only better. The scenery is better, the food is better, and all participants will have an opportunity to share a meal with a world-class genealogist or to schedule one-on-one time to discuss their specific research challenges. Bring your records with you and be prepared to hear about new resources, repositories, and finding aids that will help you to break down those brick walls. Some people find these private consultations alone to be worth the trip. Several evening group brickwall discussions also add to the learning experience.
Of course, another huge advantage of a genealogy cruise is that family members can find plenty of enjoyable activities while you are off enhancing your genealogy skills. A spouse, children, or grandchild will find plenty to do, including swimming, the casino, a world-class spa, lavish stage shows, or simply relaxing in the sun.
All genealogy presentations are made at sea. You won’t need to miss any of the on-shore expeditions in the cities being visited. What could be better than a cruise to the warm waters of the Mexican Riviera, and a first-class genealogy conference all rolled into one?
The price of this genealogy cruise is comparable with non-genealogy cruises along the same route. The big difference here is the price includes the conference events as well as all the other things you would expect: meals, taxes, port charges, and onboard entertainment. Prices do vary by the cabin you select.
You can learn more about the Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise at http://heritagebooks.com/cruise.php.