Giving new meaning to the term voyage of discovery, passengers crossing the Atlantic with Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 will now be able to trace their family history thanks to a new partnership with Ancestry.com.
The tie-up was inspired by the cruise line’s own history carrying immigrants to the US in the late 1800s. One in five immigrants who came through Ellis Island arrived on a Cunard liner.
“Cunard has a deep history with immigration to the US,” Cunard North America senior vice president Josh Leibowitz said.
“Cunard’s partnership with Ancestry.com for the November transatlantic crossing will be an extraordinary experience for our guests to learn about their ancestors as they retrace their passage to the US, sailing into New York on a Cunard liner.”
Queen Mary 2’s seven-night Transatlantic crossing from November 4 to 11 will feature four genealogists from Ancestry who will help guests learn more about their origins.
Jennifer Utley, Angie Bush, Crystal Beutler and Simon Pearce will show guests how to sift through census and military records and determine their ethnic mix using AncestryDNA.
In addition, guests have the opportunity to take a two-night post-voyage tour of Ellis Island and New York’s Ancestral Trail to give them an insight into the early history of New York in downtown Manhattan.
It will take in historical landmarks such as Wall Street, the New York Exchange, Federal Hall and the Trinity Church as well as a 90-minute guided tour of Ellis Island will include the immigration halls and immigrant hospital buildings.
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