As family tree and Cruise Ship Deaths researchers for many years, we were delighted to hear the 2017 14th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise has been scheduled. Many of our ancestors in Canada and the United States came to this continent aboard ocean liners as early as the 17th century.
Many more who sailed to North American, died during the voyage and never got to the promised land in “coffin ships”. Coffin ships were those which set sail during the Famine of the 1840s, were often unseaworthy, overcrowded and nearly always with inadequate provisions of drinking water, food and sanitation.
Steerage passengers, as they were called were placed on the lowest deck of a ship, where the cargo was stored above the closed hold. The hold was dark, damp, cold and often disease spread quickly during the voyage resulting in many not surviving the journey.
So in 2017, ocean travel and genealogy are a natural partnership for family history researchers. Genealogy family tree death researchers have booked the cruise this year aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Explorer of the Seas. The 7 Day Round trip Seattle Washington Pacific Coastal cruise sails from Seattle on Friday September 22, 2017 and returns on Friday September 29, 2017.
Explorer of the Seas will call at Astoria, Oregon; San Francisco, California and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, before returning to Seattle.
The cruise description says, “The 14th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, to be held September 22-29, 2017, departs from Seattle, Washington aboard Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas ship and will feature top genealogy speakers including members of the Legacy Family Tree staff.
While at sea attend classes taught by some of genealogy’s finest educators, Legacy Family Tree webinar speakers, and Legacy developers. In addition to the classes, you will benefit from the small-group sessions and lots of time to learn from each other.”
Prices begin at $428 per person, based on double occupancy. More information can be found here.
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