The cruise will be on the Grandeur of the Seas, owned and operated by Royal Caribbean. This modern ship holds 2446 guests and 760 crew members.
The planned presentations include approximately 17 hours of genealogy and technology lectures. You do not need to be a Wholly Genes customer to join this cruise. While Wholly Genes is the producer of The Master Genealogist software for Windows, these 17 hours will be completely software-neutral. That is, these presentations are not related to any specific genealogy software product. Past cruises have delighted users of competitive Windows and Macintosh products as well as non-computer owners alike.
In addition to the 17 hours of software-neutral presentations, additional presentations will be available that focus on the finer points of using The Master Genealogist. Obviously, these additional lectures will appeal primarily to those who either use The Master Genealogist or are considering purchase of the program.
All presentations are made while the ship is at sea. Therefore, there will be no conflicts with shore expeditions and sightseeing.
This year's presenters include some of the leading genealogy lecturers of today, including the following: David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch; Donn Devine, CG, a professional genealogist and attorney; Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL, a professional genealogist, attorney, and author of The Legal Genealogist blog; Rick Sayre, MA, CG, a professional researcher, lecturer, and author; Pam Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, a professional researcher, lecturer, and writer; and Craig Scott, MA, CG, certified genealogist and publisher. That is a high-powered group!
If you have never been on a genealogy cruise, I suggest that you schedule a trip. The Wholly Genes cruises have always been one of the more popular genealogy cruises, and many of the "cruisers" attend year after year. One of the best things about genealogy cruises is all the available activities that appeal to all family members. Even if your spouse or children or grandchildren are not interested in genealogy, they can find a lot of interesting things to do on a cruise ship and in shore expeditions. Your family members undoubtedly will enjoy accompanying you on this cruise. You cannot say the same for the typical land-based genealogy conferences in most cities!
You can find a lot more information about this year's Wholly Genes cruise at http://www.whollygenes.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?screen=CRUISE.
By the way, when the ship stops at Bar Harbor, make sure you try the exotic flavors of ice cream at Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium on Main Street. Their 60-plus ice creams and gelatos are all made in house. I have been to Ben & Bill's several times and love it. Where else can you try lobster ice cream (it's good!), chocolate peanut butter cookie dough ice cream, popcorn ice cream (I haven't tried that one), or rum raisin ice cream? Ben & Bill's even offers several flavors of sugar-free ice cream. In addition, the truffles are excellent. Look for the lobster statue outside the store. You can find more information about Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium at http://www.benandbills.com/index2.html.
Of course, cruise ships are famous for the wide range of foods available. While the ship might not serve lobster ice cream, I am sure you will find a wide variety of meals and desserts to satisfy your palate. Add in all the other activities available plus 17 hours of genealogy presentations by some of the leading presenters of today, and I am sure you will be delighted by the 9th Annual Wholly Genes Genealogy Conference and Cruise.