Sunday, 1 July 2018

Happy Canada Day/4th of July!

Just in time for both Canada Day and the 4th of July, Discounted Deposits are back. This allows you to book your cabin for just $100 usd. Treat yourself to a trip of a lifetime. Visit your ancestral homeland by sea, just like your ancestors did. Immerse yourself in Celtic Culture. And revel in the deep and rich history of your Scottish and/or Irish heritage.



The discounted deposit runs from July 1-7 and can be used in conjunction with the FREE drinks package if you book a balcony or higher level cabin. BOOK YOUR CABIN HERE


FREE DRINKS PACKAGE FOR CELTIC CRUISE


Princess Cruise Lines has announced their Sip and Sail program, which goes through Sep 5th, for all those who have booked a balcony cabin or above. This program gives cruisers booked in balcony categories or above a free beverage package. The beverage package includes juices, soda, milk shakes, specialty coffees and liquor (up to $12 per drink and up to 12 drinks per day) for free (including the taxes). Basically, any drink they would have charged you for onboard.

If you have any friends interested in joining you on this cruise, this is a great time to book a balcony level or above cabin. There is a cost savings of $68.99 per person / per day for this drink package. That adds up to $828 for the 12 days of the cruise. 

DISCOUNTED DEPOSIT IS BACK

Just in time for both Canada Day and the 4th of July, Discounted Deposits are back. This allows you to book your cabin for just $100 usd. Treat yourself to a trip of a lifetime. Visit your ancestral homeland by sea, just like your ancestors did. Immerse yourself in Celtic Culture. And revel in the deep and rich history of your Scottish and/or Irish heritage.

The discounted deposit runs from July 1-7 and can be used in conjunction with the FREE drinks package if you book a balcony or higher level cabin. 

Friday, 15 June 2018

Spaces Added to Glasgow Genealogy Tour 2019




Due to popularity, three spaces have been added to the Glasgow 2019 Tour. The dates are May 16-24th, 2019. I can tell you first hand, this provides incredible opportunities for people with ancestors in the Glasgow, Argyll and Lanarkshire areas. As with the last two Glasgow tours, these spaces will fill quickly so if you have an interest, you may want to register soon: https://www.genealogytoursofscotland.ca/glasgow-tour.html

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

LAST CHANCE TO SAVE

The Discounted Deposit Sale ends May 31. For just $100 usd you can reserve your cabin on the Celtic Genealogy Cruise. 

Come join us. Enjoy the rugged beauty of your ancestral homeland. Immerse yourself in the culture and rich history of Ireland and Scotland. Indulge your Inner Celt. Come visit your ancestral homeland by sea, much the way your ancestors did. Visit the ports they emigrated from. Deepen your sense of who you are as their descendant. 

To reserve your cabin: http://www.oconnelltravel.com/rw/cruise/38998

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Discounted Deposit for Celtic Genealogy Cruise!

Just in time for Summer!

Just in time for the May Two-Four weekend, or the Memorial Day weekend, Cruise Planners is offering a discounted deposit. For only $100 (usd), you can book your cabin for the Celtic Genealogy Cruise.

Visit your ancestral homeland much the way your ancestors did, by sea!

Ports of Call: 



Dublin

The cruise begins and ends in Dublin. Arrive a day early and join us for a night of dinner, storytelling and folklore at Dublin's Oldest Pub. While in Dublin, there will be the opportunity to research at the Irish Family History Centre, to consult with experts from the Centre and to have a private tour of the Emigration Museum. Those who choose to research will get a goodie bag that includes free access to Findmypast. 


Belfast

Because we arrive in Belfast on a Bank Holiday, we won't have an opportunity to research at the Ulster Historical Society but we will have the chance for consultations by the experts from the UHF. There will also be the opportunity to tour the Titanic Museum. 


Glasgow

We will dock in Greenock, the port many Scottish ancestors departed their homeland from. While in port, there will be the chance to research at the Mitchell Library, home of the Glasgow City Archives. Other research opportunities can also be arranged. For those not researching, Glasgow is an amazingly historic city. There are guided walking tours, including a guided tour of the Glasgow Necropolis, free social history museums like the People's Palace, the Police Museum or the Hunterian Museum 

Inverness

Indulge in the rugged beauty of the Scottish highlands. Research opportunities will be available at the Highland Archives. History is in abundance at the Culloden Battlefield, the Clava Cairns or any number of castles. Enjoy a cruise on Loch Ness. or simply wander along the River Ness and enjoy the beauty of the heart of the highlands. 


Arguably the best city on the planet, Edinburgh is full of history, full of culture, and a great place to spend a day. Research opportunities will be at the ScotlandsPeople Centre, the National Library of Scotland or the Scottish Genealogy Society. History abounds all along the Royal Mile all the way from the Castle at the top of the hill to Holyrood Palace at the foot of the hill. Wander along historic Princes Street where there is shopping, beautiful gardens and all sorts of street entertainment. 


Guernsey

We leave Edinburgh and enjoy a day at sea before arriving in the channel islands of Guernsey. Visit the home of Victor Hugo (it was here that he wrote Les Miserable), or the underground German war tunnel. This little island has lots of history to enjoy. 



Southampton

From Guernsey, we head to Southampton, another port where ancestors departed their homeland for shores unknown, full of the promise of new opportunities. The genealogy part of the cruise ends in Edinburgh but the history and beauty continues. 

Le Havre

From England, we venture across the Channel to Le Havre, France. This UNESCO heritage site was completely rebuilt after being bombed to bits in WWII. The apartment museum explains the impact on the city and the new build. Half an hour down the coast is Etreat where the natural arch bridge provides spectacular scenery. 

Cobh

Our final port is Cobh Ireland. This of course, is most famous for being the place from where the ill fated Titanic launched. There will be a chance to tour the Titanic Experience in the former White Star Lines Ticket Office or learn more about the ship at the Cobh Heritage Centre. The Centre also explores Cobh's history as a major port where people sailed from during periods of mass emigration. 

Ready to immerse yourself in the history of your emigrant ancestors? Interested in having the chance to consult with genealogists while in port, or even having a chance to research in local records? Why not take advantage of the discounted deposit sale, happening between May 24 and May 31. Just $100 usd holds your cabin. 

Here's the link to register: http://www.oconnelltravel.com/rw/cruise/38998


Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Glasgow Genealogy Research

Once again, it has been a whirlwind of research. This time the focus has been on Glasgow ancestry with some additional research for those with ancestors from Lanarkshire or the West of Scotland. 

The tour began on Wednesday evening with a meet a greet. The Glasgow group is actually larger than the Edinburgh tour was. Nine of the 15 researchers are return participants and another three were also with me on the Edinburgh tour. 

Thursday was spent in the Mitchell Library, at the Glasgow City Archives or at the ScotlandsPeople hub. 













Friday we were off to Motherwell. The group was split in half with half of the group going to the North Lanarkshire Archives and the other half going to the Lanarkshire Family History Society. The groups swapped places in the afternoon. 





The weekend was free for those who wanted some time to explore. Most of the group joined me on Saturday for a tour of the Glasgow Women's Library followed by a heritage walking tour of the East End of Scotland. 



On Sunday, several of the participants enjoyed a guided tour of the Necropolis. 


On Monday, we were off to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society. 



Today the group was back at the Mitchell. Tomorrow is our last day together as a group. It is incredible how quickly the week has passed. Connections have been made. Pieces of the genealogy puzzle have fallen into place. We have a greater understanding of the lives of our ancestors and we are richer in our own heritage as a result of our research and learning this week. 

East End Heritage Tour

Our purpose in going to the Glasgow Women's Library was to take one of their heritage tours. We chose the East End Heritage Tour and were treated to a delightful afternoon of learning.

The lift was added during renovations and is
decorated with the titles of books on the
library's shelves



The beehive shows how industrious women in domestic economics could be


Templeton's Carpet Factory. Tragically 29 women and girls were
killed when a high wind caused a large section of the building
to collapse into a weaving shed. 


The Drying Green - part of Glasgow Green where the women
would bring their laundry to dry.