Arrivals & Departures Discover your family history on Cunard's genealogy cruise

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The cruise line is teaming up with Ancestry.com for the transatlantic voyage. 

Cunard's themed cruises are focused on everything from photography to fashion, wine and even outer space. 

And now travellers can take a voyage through their own family history, thanks to to the cruise line's partnership with Ancestry.com. 

Queen Mary 2 will offer a special Journey of Genealogy cruise from Southampton to New York from November 4. 

Four experts from Ancestry.com will be aboard the transatlantic crossing to help passengers trace their family tree.

There will also be daily sessions sharing the stories of ancestors of some guests, senior officers and crew. 

For some passengers, the trip will also a chance to follow in the path of forebears who made a similar journey aboard a Cunard ship.  

Indeed, according to the cruise line, in the late 1800s one in five immigrants who came through Ellis Island arrived on a Cunard liner. 

On arriving in New York, passengers will have the option of joining a two-night post-cruise tour of Ellis Island and New York's Ancestral Trail, which follows the early history of the city through downtown Manhattan. 

The seven-night cruise costs from $1699 per person twin share in a balcony cabin.

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