Cunard partners with for special Atlantic crossing

03-16-2018 9:05 am

Cunard has collaborated with to offer guests the opportunity to trace their family history on flagship liner Queen Mary 2 while sailing across the Atlantic.

Cunard played a critical role in the immigration movement to the US in the late 1800s -- one in five immigrants who came through Ellis Island arrived on a Cunard liner.

The seven-night Transatlantic Crossing, Nov. 4-11, 2018, will feature four genealogists from Ancestry to assist guests in tracing their family lineage, and will show how to search through census and military records, and determine their ethnic mix through AncestryDNA.

Ancestry genealogy experts include:

• Jennifer Utley, director of research who oversees research for the television shows Who Do You Think You Are? and Long Lost Family.

• Angie Bush, genetic genealogist who uses her knowledge of traditional genealogy and genetics to solve complex questions of kinship and identity. Her areas of expertise are DNA, unknown parentage, 20th century, and the Midwestern US.

• Crystal Beutler, part of Ancestry ProGenealogists, specializes in US Southern and Mid-Atlantic research, lineage society research, and works on episodes of the genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are?

• Simon Pearce is also part of Ancestry ProGenealogists and specializes in researching military ancestors from the First and Second World Wars.

"Cunard has a deep history with immigration to the US," said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America. "Cunard's partnership with 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."

Cunard is offering a unique two-night post-voyage tour of Ellis Island and New York's Ancestral Trail which offers insight into the early history of New York in downtown Manhattan including historical landmarks such as Wall Street, the New York Exchange, Federal Hall and the Trinity Church.

A detailed 90-minute guided tour of Ellis Island will include the immigration halls and immigrant hospital buildings.

From Mar. 1 through Aug. 31, 2018, guests who book the post-voyage historical tour can save up to 40 per cent off a balcony cabin on the Nov. 4 Ancestry Crossing.

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