Our Legacy Genealogy Cruise to the Baltic Capitals has sadly concluded. :) I must say it was one of our most successful genealogy cruises ever. Nearly 200 Legacy cruisers from all over the world attended, and for most, it was the vacation of a lifetime. What more could one want - genealogy, food, history, DearMYRTLE's classes, food, travel, and food (glad I bought those pants with the expandable waist)?
While at sea DearMYRTLE and the Legacy staff taught classes and everyone learned something. What a treat it was to have DearMYRTLE teach us about evaluating our sources, blogs and podcasts, locating digital records, and so much more. And despite being thousands of miles from home, she was still able to bring us breaking genealogy news. One of the best parts of the instructional time were the after-the-class breakout sessions where we discussed questions and received suggestions for future Legacy development.
We visited Denmark, Germany, Russia, Finland, Estonia, Sweden, and England. My personal favorite was our day in Denmark where I visited my Rasmussen ancestors' homeland. Thanks to one of our Danish translators, Poul Erik Sørensen, we located the small village and church where my ancestors attended. Luckily the 912-year-old church was open, and I sat where they once sat. We even got to climb the narrow, spiral staircase of the bell tower. It was an experience I will never forget.
Some of us will never forget this experience for other reasons. First of all, nearly all of the cruisers came down with desynchronosis. After about a week we were better, but upon our arrival back home, we once again were plagued with this terrible syndrome--otherwise known as jet lag.
DearMYRTLE will now appreciate every future vacation when her luggage actually arrives. We felt really bad for her when after the 2nd and 3rd days she was still without her luggage. Imagine going the entire trip without her luggage. Well, it never arrived. Hopefully now that she's back home it has caught up to her.
After a few days of recovering from desynchronosis, we're back to work developing Legacy. Thanks to our Support and Sales staff that stayed home we were still able to provide our customers with great service. And thanks again to all our Legacy users, and especially to DearMYRTLE, for making this a wonderful experience. We hope to see many of you next year (September 2009) when we sail the Mediterranean. Details to come....