Today I came across an article in The Globe and Mail, You Can Go Home Again: Why Genealogy Tourism is a Growing Industry that discusses a trend I'd not yet heard about--genealogical tourism. Apparently, this is a relatively new kind of tourism that includes cruises on the Cunard cruise ship line, which has a week-long QM2 voyage sailing out of Southampton planned for this November, where passengers crossing the Atlantic will be able to attend on-ship seminars and have access to genealogists equipped with Ancestry access to investigate their roots. When the cruise arrives in New York, there will be options for passengers to continue their "Journey of Genealogy" if they desire with additional programs touring Ellis Island and other sites of interest.
It sounds from this article like there may be some filming on this particular cruise for the Who Do You Think You Are? TV show as well, since this cruise program is being led by the Jennifer Utley, who is part of Ancestry's research for that TV show, and they've been hinting in advance that 'passengers should expect some surprises during the transatlantic trip' and some advance DNA testing will be offered to guests on this cruise.
You Can Go Home Again: Why Genealogy Tourism is a Growing Industry
This was news to me, too! And there's time for people interested in being involved in taping of a Who Do You Think You Are? episode to book their passage on this November cruise--very exciting!
This is the first I'd heard of it--and perhaps the first to be featured on the Who Do You Think You Are? TV show. :-)