The 2008 genealogy cruise season has drawn to a close, but the planning is already underway for next year's cruises. The first one announced sounds like a fascinating vacation. The producers of Legacy Family Tree software are planning a 12-day cruise with stops in Barcelona, Rome, Naples, Dubrovnik, Venice, Athens, Izmir, and Istanbul. The cruise will be on board the Norwegian Cruise Line's Jade cruise ship.
Those planning on joining this cruise will travel on their own to Barcelona, Spain, in order to board the ship. The Norwegian Cruise Line’s Jade ship will leave Barcelona on 5 September 2009 and spend one day at sea before arriving in Rome. The next day the ship will be in Naples, followed by another full day at sea and then a stop at Dubrovnik (Croatia) and the next day in Venice. Another full day at sea will follow, and the remainder of the voyage will feature stops every day: Katakolon (Greece), Athens, Izmir (Turkey), with final arrival in Istanbul on 17 September 2009.
The genealogists will disembark in Istanbul and then travel home or to other destinations as they wish.
The three full days at sea will feature seminars on how to use Legacy Family Tree effectively plus other presentations, such as "Become a Smarter Researcher Through Technology."
As you might guess, a 12-day cruise is going to be significantly more expensive than the 7-day cruises offered by other genealogy organizations. The Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2009 will cost $1638.25 per person for an inside cabin or up to $2888.25 per person for a cabin with a balcony. Those prices assume double occupancy of the cabin and include port charges, taxes, and fuel supplement. The prices do not include airfare to and from the ship's points of embarkation and debarkation.
This sounds like a fun and exotic trip. You can find more information about the Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2009 at http://legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2009med.asp.