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Highlights
  • Enjoy engaging theatre lectures led by producer and director Giles Ramsay, who provides expert insight into the historic roots of theatre and its contemporary practice.
  • Experience British theatre firsthand by attending four plays in London’s West End.
  • Exchange opinions on culture, politics and the arts with top BBC journalists, arts professionals and a leading London theatre critic

Theatre and the performing arts take center stage on this enriching voyage from New York City to London aboard the magnificent Queen Mary 2. Immerse yourself in the history and practice of theater with onboard theater expert Giles Ramsay, who explores the development of drama from Greek tragedy to the modern musical. In London, experience the arts first-hand as you enjoy theatre productions ranging from the classic to the cutting edge and gain insight from leading theater professionals.

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Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
Ship Name
  • The Queen Mary II

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Road Scholar Travel Reviews & Ratings
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4.6 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.6 Lodging
4.4 Transportation
4.5 Meals
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Does Not Recommend

They take advantage of the elderly May 2018

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
I had high hopes for Road scholar. However, when I was diagnosed with cancer I got no sympathy from Road Scholar. The agents and management kept saying you should have purchased insurance. But the insurance was extremely expensive and would not have covered the cancellation fee either. I ended up attending anyways because I didn't want to lose my money. I felt sick the entire time and could barely complete the activities. The group leader was wonderful. But the program was very strict and I felt that they over charged for everything. They demonstrated shocking behavior for a non profit that is supposed to be all about education and supporting the elderly. Yet they constantly are sending catalogs and pushing expensive programs. I highly recommend taking your money elsewhere. They do not respect their customers and only care about money. They took advantage of a cancer patient and according to the others on my trip this is common.
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Operator Road Scholar

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Does Not Recommend

A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT August 2017

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 3.0
I would have enjoyed this trip much more if I felt I was being treated as an adult, the educated, enthusiastic traveler that I am.
Unfortunately, I took a fall and broke my arm near the end of the trip. I was shocked at the very insolent, uncaring attitude of Road Scholar. I received two calls from the insurance program my husband was encouraged to pay for for the trip (we usually use Travel Guard who is great). Both calls were very negative. Neither expressed concern about my condition and both apparently had called to state that ROAD SCHOLAR
WOULD NOT PAY FOR ANYTHING! WOW! A WAKEUP CALL FROM HELL. I WILL BE SHOUTING THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS SO NO ONE ELSE
HAS THIS EXPERIENCE. DO NOT PURCHASE ROAD SCHOLAR INSURANCE -- IT IS A BOONDOGGLE!
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LG

Does Not Recommend

Don't go! March 2017

2.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
I took a four day bridge class at Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The class was mediocre. And I came home with over 50 BED BUG BITES! Please beware.

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Recommends

Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Road Scholar (also known as Elderhostel) offers hundreds of tours worldwide, using local tour companies, sometimes universities. I have taken RS tours to Africa, China, and France and look forward to more. This was my first "tour" of China, but my 20th visit, with the rest on business. Our guide, Mei Mei, was one of the finest I've seen on tours. We started with Beijing and continued to Xian and then to Guizhou Province for a week in this fascinating area, which was new to me. We were able to meet the people in the villages, thanks to our guide, and enjoyed the chance to see and photograph such a variety of places in China. Hotels were excellent and appropriate to this type of tour (usually centrally located and very fine). Meals were family style and always good. Road Scholar makes its tours educational and doesn't push shopping as so many commercial ones do. Touring in China is very safe. You do have a lot of walking and RS tells you this in the tour, but it seems that a great deal of the walking is in those huge airports! I recommend Road Scholar and always turn to their catalogs to choose my next trip.
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WE

Recommends

A peaceful and green country with lots of history revealed by motor coach travel. January 2017

4.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0
The trip was a good overview of the country. The Road Scholar guide was very knowledgeable. The motorcoach was very comfortable. The accommodations and meals were fine. Couldn't ask for a better overview of the place.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Day New York

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: New York Marriott Downtown

Afternoon: Arrivals continue, with free time for those who have already arrived. At 6pm we will have an Orientation in the hotel. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. This program is staffed with both a Group Leader, who will accompany us throughout the program and deal primarily with logistics, and a Study Leader who will lecture, conduct field trips and serve as an information resource on program-related topics. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities and answer any questions you may have. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. Please note that program activities, schedules and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: A seated Welcome Dinner will be taken in the hotel dining room with coffee, tea and water. Other beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: Free time to settle in, relax and get a good night’s sleep for the programme ahead.

Day 2: The Queen Mary 2

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Aboard The Queen Mary II

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room. A breakfast buffet with a range of hot and cold items, as well as coffee, tea, water and fruit juices.

Morning: Free time. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions should you wish to explore the local area. We depart by motor coach for the Queen Mary 2 at 1:00pm.

Lunch: You may take a late lunch aboard the Queen Mary 2.

Afternoon: Group transfer from the hotel to the Queen Mary 2 boarding dock and embarkation on to the ship. You will then be able to take some time to unpack and familiarise yourself with the ship.

Dinner: Taken in the Britannia Restaurant. Delicious menus designed by Cunard’s Global Culinary Ambassador, Jean-Marie Zimmermann await you in Britannia and Britannia Club Restaurants. Make a dramatic entrance down the grand staircase into the elegant Britannia dining room and revel in the sumptuous menus and perfectly attentive service.

Evening: Free time. See a show tonight in the ballroom, or relax and watch a movie in the theatre, or perhaps wander to one of the bars for a beverage and chat. Perhaps even wander through the library, one of the best shipboard libraries available, to find a book and that perfect reading chair.

Day 3: Giles Ramsay’s Lecture Series

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Aboard The Queen Mary II

Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King’s Court dining options on Deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised descriptions of the day’s on board activities.

Morning: Free time to enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities. Consider taking a class such as watercolour painting or ballroom dancing, enjoying one of the ship's swimming pools, and more.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing. Your options include the various King’s Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, Todd English (at additional cost) or a light lunch in the Boardwalk Café if the weather permits.

Afternoon: To prepare you for your theatre experience in London, Study Leader Giles Ramsay will present the first of a series of dynamic and informative lectures. Over the next week you’ll discuss the origins of theatre, Elizabethan plays and playhouses and how to direct a play. We’ll also study contemporary British theatre, the life and verse of Shakespeare and even debate what constitutes theatre in the modern day. Under Giles’s expert stewardship, you’ll be more than prepared by the time we dock in Southampton.

Dinner: Taken in the Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: Free time. You may choose to enjoy a show in the ship’s theatre, practice your dance steps in the ballroom or simply return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on the ship’s TV.

Day 4: The Lecture Series Continues

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Aboard The Queen Mary II

Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Free time to enjoy the Queen Mary 2. Perhaps, weather permitting, take a leisurely stroll around the Promenade Deck and take in the fresh sea air.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Giles Ramsay continues his informative and entertaining lecture series, before we enjoy a welcome cocktail party.

Dinner: Taken in the Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: Free time. Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities, including many kinds of evening entertainment featuring dancing, music and more.

Day 5: The Lecture Series Continues

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Aboard The Queen Mary II

Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Free time to take advantage of the many educational, social and physical activities available on board, or simply to relax in one of the deck chairs with a view of the glistening Atlantic.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Settle in with your Study Leader for another illuminating lecture.

Dinner: Taken in the Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: Free time.

Day 6: The Lecture Series Continues

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Aboard The Queen Mary II

Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Free time. You can grab a ticket for the planetarium show, polish your bridge skills during a tournament, or perhaps retreat to the spa for a massage.

Lunch: Lunch on board in the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Giles Ramsay continues his expert insights into British theatre.

Dinner: Taken in the Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: Free time.

Day 7: The Lecture Series Continues

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Aboard The Queen Mary II

Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Free time for shipboard activities.

Lunch: Lunch on board in a venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Your Study Leader continues to pull back the curtain on the fascinating world of theatre.

Dinner: Taken in the Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: Free time.

Day 8: Your Final On Board Lecture

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Aboard The Queen Mary II

Breakfast: Breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Free time to prepare for disembarkation, and perhaps enjoy a final few activities on board.

Lunch: Lunch on board in a venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Your Study Leader delivers his final on board lecture and prepares you for the sights and sounds of London.

Dinner: Taken in the Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: Free time to enjoy your last evening on board ship.

Day 9: Disembarkation & Transfer to London: Winchester Cathedral, London

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Activity note: Walking and standing of up to one hour in Winchester Cathedral; some steps, stone floors.

Breakfast: Early breakfast on board in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: We disembark the Queen Mary 2 and make our way to the motor coach for our transfer to London. En route we will pay a visit to the Cathedral City of Winchester, home to the longest Gothic cathedral in Europe.

Lunch: Lunch will be taken out in Winchester.

Afternoon: The transfer continues, before we check in and have time to relax before dinner.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy a performance in one of London’s theatres. Please note that, due to theatre schedules, performances will be confirmed in your second set of Preparatory Materials and are subject to change.

Day 10: State of the Nation & Theatre Performance, London

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a captivating interactive discussion on the “State of the Nation” with one of the UK’s leading political journalists. Examining the headlines of the day, this session with put past and present political issues into startling focus.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: Free time. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions should you wish to further explore London.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy a performance at one of London’s theatres.

Day 11: The V&A, The Rehearsal Room & Theatre Performance

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we board the motor coach and travel to the Victoria & Albert Museum. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of decorative arts and design, holding a collection of some 4.5 million objects. We’ll be focussing on the impressive theatre and performance galleries, which are dedicated to the performance arts in all guises and display works of art, recordings, costumes and other related ephemera.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: A special experience this afternoon as we make our way to the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts to take place in a hands-on workshop. Two acclaimed West End actors will lead you through the rehearsal process, demonstrating that the rehearsal room is a safe space for exploration and experimentation – it’s often during this exercise that important creative decisions are made, directions that would never have come to life without this ability to try new approaches.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy a performance at one of London’s theatres.

Day 12: Meet A Theatre Critic & Enjoy A Final Performance

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Free time, before we board the motor coach for a self-guided field trip to the National Gallery, one of the most visited art museums in the world and home to over 2,300 paintings.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Enjoy a longstanding British tradition with Afternoon Tea at the Phoenix Artists Club. This lively and nostalgic private club is located in the original dressing and rehearsal rooms of the Phoenix Theatre, and it was on the stage above where Sir Laurence Olivier made his stage debut in the 1930’s. We’ll be joined by one of London’s leading theatre critics for an in-depth discussion of the shows we have seen.

Dinner: The Afternoon Tea will replace a pre-theatre dinner.

Evening: Enjoy a final performance at one of London’s theatres.

Day 13: Program Concludes, London

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast: In the hotel. Some participants may depart prior to breakfast.

Morning: Transfer to London Heathrow Airport (LHR) for onward flights. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 5,295

Price Per Day:

$ 407 per person
 
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Details
Ship Name

The Queen Mary II

Trip Includes
  • 12 nights of accommodations
  • 8 expert-led lectures
  • 3 expert-led field trips
  • 1 hands-on experience
  • 4 performances
  • An experienced Group Leader
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program
  • The Road Scholar Travel Protection Plan, 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance coverage
  • Taxes
Meals Included:

12 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 12 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Accomodations

New York Marriott Downtown: 1 night  New York

The only Marriott hotel centrally located in Lower Manhattan, New York City's Financial District, and within walking distance to Wall Street and NYSE.

 

Aboard The Queen Mary II: 7 nights  New York

 

Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel: 4 nights  London.

Located close to the West End.

Start City
New York
End City
London

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