Wholly Genes Software has just announced that the company will again sponsor a genealogy cruise in 2006. Last year's cruise was the first ever for the company, and it was highly successful. In fact, the cruise sold out within two weeks after being announced! 450 genealogists and their guests spent a week cruising through the western Caribbean, stopping at exotic ports of call and listening to genealogy lectures while at sea.
This year's cruise promises to be even better: more speakers, more scheduled presentations, a larger theater for lectures, a "high tech lounge" for software presentations, reportedly a better ship (the Diamond Princess is a new "Grand Class" ship built in 2004), more rooms available, and other enhancements.
The 2006 Genealogy Conference and Cruise will depart Los Angeles on November 11 and spend seven days sailing along the Mexican Riviera with stops in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas.
- Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, Director of the Great Migration Study Project
- Tony Burroughs, FUGA, popular genealogical author, teacher, and lecturer
- Dick Eastman of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
- Hank Jones, FASG, actor, author, professional genealogist, and popular speaker
- Marsha Hoffman Rising, CG, CGL, FUGA, FASG, President of the American Society of Genealogists
- Megan Smolenyak, genealogist, author and consultant
- Dick Pence, computer genealogy pioneer
- Bob Velke, President of Wholly Genes Software
- John Cardinal, author of Second Site and TMG Utility
- Jim Byram, expert TMG user and beta tester
- Lee Hoffman, editor of "Getting the Most Out of The Master Genealogist"
- Kent Riggins, developer of TMG's charting tools
- Tim Cook, expert TMG user and beta tester
- Dorothy Turner, Senior Technical Support Representative at Wholly Genes Software
- Barbara Grempler, expert TMG user and Project Manager at Archive CD Books USA
That's quite a cast!
Other amenities on board the Diamond Princess include a casino, chapel, modern fitness equipment, gymnasium, jogging track, pools, saunas, and a variety of restaurants, lounges, nightclubs, and live entertainment. It even has a virtual golf simulator and a 9-hole putting green. The Diamond Princess offers "Personal Choice" dining (i.e., flexible seatings), and a large Internet Cafe. You can check your e-mail while at sea.
The announcement of the 2006 Genealogy Conference and Cruise is available at http://announcements.eogn.com/2006/01/anouncing_the_2.html with full details of the cruise available at http://www.whollygenes.com/cruise.htm
Again, last year's cruise sold out within two weeks after being announced. If you would like to join hundreds of other genealogists on the 2006 cruise in November, I would suggest you make your reservations now.