Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2010
November 8, 2010 - November 21, 2010
Cruise Australia and New Zealand and Have Fun Learning Legacy from the Experts
Come with us on a 13 Day cruise of Australia and New Zealand on the luxurious Princess Cruises Sun Princess ship. This cruise starts and ends in Sydney, Australia and visits the following New Zealand ports: Fjordland National Park, Dunedin (Port Chalmers), Christchurch (Lyttelton), Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland, and Bay of Islands.
Don't just take a vacation. Take a Vacation that's more fun!
Experience Australia and New Zealand the way you've always dreamed.
Australia and New Zealand provide some of the most unique and beautiful landscapes in the world. Spotlight the bustling metropolises of Sydney and Auckland, plus the incredible wildlife on land and at sea, and you have all the elements for a truly memorable vacation. From the sophistication of the Opera House and the world-class wineries, to the rugged individualism of the Outback and its inhabitants, Australia and New Zealand possess a wonderful diversity of sights, activities and cultures. Few travel experiences can rival the excitement of sailing into the glistening harbors of Sydney and Auckland, as well as inspiring attractions, such as scenic Fjordland National Park and the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, just to name a few.
On the days we are at sea attend the Legacy Family Tree genealogy classes and learn the real secrets to becoming an expert with Legacy and improving the way you do your research. Go home with the knowledge and tools you need to be more successful than you ever thought possible. You will be learning directly from the experts.
Our ship, the Sun Princess, has more than 400 balcony staterooms, so you can wake up to your own exclusive vista. Take a dip in one of three spacious pools or spend your evening at one of the show lounges with unique performances each night. Dining options are also plentiful, including two formal dining rooms, the Sterling Steakhouse and the 24-hour Horizon Court. And don't miss the Lotus Spa for some pampering.
Ship: Sun Princess
Embarkation port: Sydney, Australia
Embarkation: 8 November 2010
Disembarkation port: Sydney, Australia
Disembarkation: 21 November 2010
Ports of call: Fjordland National Park, Dunedin (Port Chalmers), Christchurch (Lyttelton), Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland, and Bay of Islands.
Here is a map showing the ports you will visit:
As one of the oldest settlements in Australia as well as one of the world's top travel destinations, Sydney offers Aussie hospitality combined with spectacular attractions -- from its dramatic harbour and cosmopolitan city center, to its protected coves, miles of beautiful beaches, and the spectacular Blue Mountains.
Sydney Opera House
The city's most popular tourist attraction and one of the world's busiest performing arts centers, the Opera House is actually a complex of theaters and halls. Its unique design is considered a wonder of the modern world.
The Blue Mountains
The Grand Canyon of Australia, explore a region of spectacular rock formations, deep, tree-lined valleys and waterfalls. Echo Point offers a vantage point of the Three Sisters, named after an Aboriginal legend.
Named after the sandstone cliffs and bedrock, this site of the first penal settlement is still rich in colonial history today, and thriving with five-star hotels and myriad restaurants, pubs, shops, galleries and museums.
Fjordland National Park, New Zealand
Fifteen thousand years ago, glaciers carved out Fjordland National Park. Witness what nature perfected over time ó its snowcapped mountains, roaring rivers filled with ice and the lush green grasslands that blanket this famed wilderness landscape in southwest New Zealand.
This mile-high glacier peak is a Milford Sound landmark and offers an awesome scenic point as well as photo opportunity.
Take a journey from the Tasman Sea up through Milford Sound while a guide points out the fascinating features of these ancient geological wonders.
Dunedin (Port Chalmers), New Zealand
Dunedin is the old Gaelic name for Edinburgh. Uncover this "kiwi" city's Scottish heritage roots as you meander its octagon-shaped streets and quaint Victorian buildings.
Dunedin Railway Station
This Flemish Renaissance-style rail station is immense and features a grandiose style that will inspire you.
Christchurch (Lyttelton), New Zealand
Christchurch has a rich history of adventurers who used Christchurch as a gateway for Antarctic explorations. Famed explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton used the port of Lyttelton as a departure point for their expeditions.
This charming scenic port of Christchurch has a stunning harbor with sparkling aquamarine waters.
Named after the now extinct native quail, this island was once used as a leper colony.
Christ Church Cathedral
Tour this stately cathedral with 19th century English flavor, located in the heart of the city's Cathedral Square.
Wellington, New Zealand
From the top of Mt. Victoria, New Zealand's capital lies at your feet. It is a stunning vista of forested peninsulas, with a bustling waterfront, dramatic cliff-side homes and fine Victorian architecture. Despite its steep hills, the city can easily be explored on foot. Wellington is also home to many museums, gardens, winding streets and even a cable car. Many travelers compare it to San Francisco.
The Parliament Buildings
The Parliament House and the General Assembly stand in stark contrast to the modern Executive Wing, known locally as the "Beehive."
Te Papa Museum of New Zealand
Known as Te Papa or "our place" in Maori, the museum is dedicated to New Zealand's past, present and future.
Old St. Paul's Cathedral
Neo-Gothic style blends with colonial times and native hardwoods in this Victorian cathedral built in 1866.
Napier, New Zealand
Napier (Ahuriri, in Māori), northeast of Wellington, is the hub of a fertile region, funneling fine crossbred wool, timber, fruit and fine wines through its busy port. It is one of the most photographed destinations in New Zealand thanks to a statue on Marine Parade - Pania of the Reef.
The township also boasts the widest range of authentic 1930s building styles in the world; stripped classical, Spanish mission, and in particular, art deco, Napier's unique version of it featuring intricate Maori motifs.
Napier is the gateway to New Zealandís Hawkes Bay winery region. The gannet colony at nearby Cape Kidnappers is another memorable local attraction.
Tauranga, New Zealand
The "Bay of Plenty" was named by Captain Cook after the prosperous Maori villages of the region generously replenished his supplies. Tauranga, the chief city, is a bustling port, an agricultural and timber center and a popular seaside resort. Tauranga is the gateway to Rotorua, a geothermal wonderland that is the heart of Maori culture and New Zealand's primary tourist attraction.
Tauranga, meaning "sheltered waters" in Maori, is rich with native culture and tradition. Waterskiing, windsurfing and deep-sea fishing abound in Tauranga Harbour. Rotorua with its healing, natural mineral springs is an ideal place to unwind in a therapeutic bath.
Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve
Explore the bubbling mud pools, spectacular geysers, and sulfur-ringed steaming ponds of this thermal wonder.
Heart of kiwi country, this region produces a quarter of New Zealand's total fruit crop with acres of citrus and other sub-tropical fruit plantations.
Inhabited by Maoris since the 14th century, this thermal resort is a historic center of Maori culture.
Auckland, New Zealand
Shop along the picturesque waterfront of this ever-expanding city, home to one-third of the country's population. From museums housing Maori artifacts to extinct volcanic peaks, this pedestrian-friendly city is the perfect combination of nature and commerce.
Underwater World and Antarctic Encounter
Observe marine life from acrylic walk-through tunnels and visit a re-creation of Captain Scott's Antarctic expedition of 1911.
Auckland Sky Tower
Offering 360-degree views of Auckland, witness this busy commercial and recreational harbor in action, giving credit to the title, City of Sails.
Glow Worm Grotto
Marvel at the twinkling glow worms as you gently glide in a small boat along the underground waterway.
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
This glorious part of New Zealandís far north offers broad skies, tranquil bays and numerous aquatic and cultural activities. On shore, a highlight is the nightly cultural show in the grounds of Waitangi Treaty House.
Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands has been a centre of Maori culture for centuries, with whalers, missionaries and early settlers also leaving their stamp.
The Russell Museum
The Russell Museum details the development of the regionís hub, Russell-Kororareka, from a tiny Maori fishing village to a busy tourist town and port of call. It houses a one-fifth scale model of Captain Cook's Endeavour, Maori artefacts including a small waka (traditional canoe), game-fishing mementoes, temporary exhibitions and a shop selling interesting gifts, souvenirs and books.
There is always something fun to do on the ship
Sun Princess offers the dining, entertainment and recreational options found at a top landside resort property. A larger ship with small-ship intimacy, Sun Princess lets passengers do what they want, when they want. Below are some of the features Sun Princess has to offer:
70% of outside staterooms include balconies -- 411 total
Wrap-around promenade deck
24-hour buffet/bistro with 270-degree view over bow
4-story atrium lobby with ocean views
Spa with ocean-view gym
Four swimming pools
Bay view listening library
Wine and caviar bar, patisserie
Hamburger grill, ice cream bar, pizzeria, wine and caviar bar and patisserie
Computerized golf center
Lavish casino, gallery of shops, business center
Prices begin at US $1595 per person, double occupancy inside cabin JJ Category. Legacy classes are included. Port charges, taxes, fuel supplement, gratuities, airfare, and tours are extra.
Each year we have sold out of all our rooms. When we have sold out of our booked rooms the rate will be a lot higher if any are available, so take advantage of these low rates while they last! The rates are for the cruise only. Air and ground transportation to and from the cruise are additional. Optional pre-cruise or post-cruise hotel packages and tours are also available.
Hurry and book your room today while they last.
Our previous cruises have all sold out quickly.
On days while we are at sea we will be teaching classes on Legacy Family Tree. The classes are taught by the experts who know Legacy inside and out, they will be teaching you the right way of doing things that could save you hundreds of hours of work and make things a lot more enjoyable. Classes will teach you many of the powerful features of Legacy that will really help you advance your genealogical research. You will learn a lot and have a great time doing it.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 (Note: Only those who book through us can attend the Legacy classes)
Class descriptions and speakers to be announced....
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Class descriptions and speakers to be announced....
Q. I'm single and want to go on the cruise?
A. No problem, just let us know as we have others just like you and we can assign you to others (same gender) to share a room with. This is a great way to meet new friends.
Q. What is the travel insurance and do I need it?
A. I don't usually get it but I'm a risk taker. If you are concerned that your health could cause you to miss the cruise then we highly recommend it. Call or email AA Travel Time for pricing (contact info is below).
Q. Tell me about Princess Cruises' Sun Princess ship.
A. You can take a virtual tour of the Sun Princess at Princess Cruises' web site. Click here.
Q. What can we do when we reach each port?
A. You name it and it's probably available. Activities that make the whole trip worth it. Great shore excursions are available from Princess Cruises' web site.
For more frequently asked questions, visit Princess Cruises web site. Click here.
Click here to review the tours that are available through Princess Cruises.
trekalot is handling all of the details.
You are going to have a spectacular time. This will truly be a dream vacation, a trip of a lifetime. Bring lots of film so you can show your friends back home the unbelievable beauty and amazing history that you will be enjoying. You will have so much fun on your cruise, you'll want to tell everyone you know. On this cruise, you'll enjoy one fun experience after another.
(Note: Only those who book through us can attend the Legacy classes)
Check out our previous Legacy Genealogy Cruises
If you would like to hear all about our first Legacy Genealogy Cruise in 2004 and see some of the fun pictures then click here. In 2005 we went on an Eastern Caribbean cruise and in 2006 cruised to Alaska and then in 2007 enjoyed a 12 day Hawaiian cruise and in July of 2008 we had a remarkable 12 day cruise of a life time to the Baltic Capitals. We wrote all about our 2009 cruise to the Mediterranean here.