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The Best of Britain: Celebrate Road Scholar’s 40th Anniversary Aboard the QM2

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
12 days
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Highlights

  • Get an in-depth look at MI5 with intelligence expert Nigel West, and explore the role of spies in fiction and in politics.
  • With Royal Editor Robert Jobson and former Royal Protection Officer Ken Wharfe, consider the lives of the new royal family in the 21st century.
  • Join diplomat Charles Anson, former Press Secretary to Queen Elizabeth and Margaret Thatcher, as he talks about his career and his experience as a hostage in Iran.

Short Description

Espionage. The British monarchy. International diplomacy. It’s hard to think of a more “royal” way to celebrate Road Scholar’s 40th anniversary than by joining some of our top instructors for an iconic voyage aboard the QM2. With intelligence expert Nigel West, Royal Editor Robert Jobson, former Royal Protection Officer Ken Wharfe and diplomat Charles Anson, get the insider’s perspective on the British government, culture and much more on this fascinating journey from New York City to London!

This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Trip Type Large Ship Cruise
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3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City New York
End City London

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome Meeting in New York

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Millenium Hilton

Afternoon: After making your own way to the New York hotel meet your Group Leader. There will be a welcome meeting and introductions in the hotel at 6:00pm. Meet speakers Nigel West, Robert Jobson, Ken Wharfe and Charles Anson.

Dinner: In New York.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 2: Embarkation on The Queen Mary II

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II.

Breakfast: Your Group Leader will give you vouchers for breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: At leisure.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: The mandatory shipboard passenger safety drill will take place in the afternoon, after which you will have time to explore the many entertainment and activity venues aboard Queen Mary 2. This afternoon is an excellent opportunity to get to know your shipboard home for the next eight days. The ship is scheduled to depart from New York in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Participants will assemble for dinner in the Britannia Restaurant at 6.00 pm. Revel in the splendid nightly occasion of dining in the magnificent two-tiered Britannia Restaurant which pays glorious homage to the opulent dining salons from ocean travel’s golden heyday. Pillars and art deco arches add decorative flourishes to a rich culinary experience, complemented by fine wines and attentive service. BRITANNIA RESTAURANT ENTRÉES Pesto Ravioli with Gorgonzola Sauce (V) Broiled Lobster Tail, Drawn Butter & Garden Risotto Roast Duck à l’Orange, Hazelnut Croquettes & Grand Marnier Sauce Châteaubriand Béarnaise, Young Vegetables, Périgourdine Sauce Forest Mushrooms, Parmesan Polenta & Garlic Spinach DESSERTS Seven Layer Washington Apple & Molasses Gâteaux Red Berries Shortcake with Vanilla Sauce Baked Alaska with Morello Cherries Sugar Free - Strawberry Mousse with Fresh Berry Salad Lime Sorbet & Chocolate Ice Cream with Vanilla Frozen Yoghurt, Peach Sauce Cheese Selection with Stilton, Saint Paulin, Gruyère, Pepper Boursin

Evening: You are free to enjoy the many alternative activities, entertainment choices and meal venues described in your Daily Programme.

Day 3: Nigel West on MI5 during the Abdication Crisis

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II.

Breakfast: BRITANNIA RESTAURANT Breakfast CHILLED JUICES Choice of Orange, Grapefruit, Cranberry, Apple, Prune, Pineapple, Tomato, V8 FRESH FRUIT & COMPOTE Half Sectioned Grapefruit Fresh Melon Platter, Fresh Fruit Salad Tropical Fruit with Low-Fat Yoghurt or Cottage Cheese Compote of Stewed Prunes, Grapefruit Segments & Kadota Figs HOT & COLD CEREALS Choice of Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat , Choice of Corn Flakes, All Bran, Raisin Bran, Special K, Rice Crispies, Total, Shredded Wheat, Swiss Muesli, Alpen, Weetabix YOGHURTS Choice of Plain or Mixed Fruit Available as Regular, Low-Fat or Non-Fat FRESH FROM THE BAKERY Croissants, Brioche, Assorted Danish Pastries, French Bread, All Bran & Blueberry Muffins, Toasted English Muffins, Toasted Bagels, White & Whole Wheat Toast, Rye Bread, Pumpernickel, White Rolls, Banana Bread Fruit Crisp PRESERVES & SPREADS Orange Marmalade, Strawberry, Blackberry, Apricot, Cherry, Honey, Peanut Butter PANCAKES & WAFFLES Blueberry Pancakes with Maple Syrup Buttermilk Pancakes with American Bacon, Link Sausages & Maple Syrup Golden Waffles with Fresh Fruit French Toast with Whipped Butter & Maple Syrup or Honey BREAKFAST ENTREES Fried Eggs, English Bacon, Mushrooms, Wiltshire Sausage, Baked Beans, Grilled Tomato, Sauteed Potatoes Scrambled Eggs, American Bacon, Corned Beef Hash, Link Sausages, Hash Brown Potatoes Omelette with Ham, Cheese & Mushrooms Egg White Omelette with Onions, Peppers, Tomato & Cheese Eggs Benedict on English Muffin & Canadian Bacon with Holl&aise Sauce Toasted Bagel with Smoked Salmon, Crème Cheese, Red Onion & Capers Grilled Scottish Kippers with Sauteed Potatoes Smoked Finnian Haddock with Melted Butter (Please ask your server for low cholesterol egg alternatives) ASSORTED COLD CUTS & CHEESE Black Forest Ham, Smoked Turkey, Roast Beef, Italian Salami, Liver Pâté, Cheese – Emmentaler, Camembert, Cottage, Cream, Blue

Morning: Nigel West begins the lecture series with a consideration of King Edward VIII, Wallace Simpson, her lover Guy Trundle, Prime Minister Oliver Baldwin and MI5 surveillance during the Abdication crisis.

Lunch: On board ship. Sample lunch: BRITANNIA RESTAURANT Lunch CANYON RANCH SPA SELECTIONS Appetizer — Roasted Corn Chowder(V) Entrée — Baked Kohlrabi Tart Dessert — Freshly Sliced Cantaloupe Melon APPETIZERS & SOUPS Duck Rolls & Mint Confit, Raspberry Gastric Baby Shrimp Cocktail, Marie Rose & Pumpkin Seed Biscuit Roasted Corn Chowder(V) Chilled Tomato Soup with Gin & Basil SALAD & SANDWICH Butter Lettuce, Romaine, Choice of Dressings & CR Signature Dressing (V) A Selection of Cold Meats is Always Available Croque Monsieur - Warm Ham & Cheese Sandwich BRITANNIA RESTAURANT ENTRÉES Spaghetti Carbonara, Creamy Egg Yolk & Parmesan Sauce, Crispy Smoked Bacon Grilled Swordfish Steak, Lemon & Oregano Oil, Niçoise Olive Relish Navarin Of Lamb, Root Vegetables, Saffron Rice, Spanish Omelette Grilled Minute Steak, Herb Butter & French Fries DESSERTS Panna Cotta with Apricot Compote Warm Treacle Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream Sugar Free – Ice Coffee Strasbourg Lime Sorbet & Chocolate Ice Cream with Vanilla Frozen Yoghurt, Peach Sauce

Afternoon: During days at sea, there are a range of activities are available on board including celebrity speakers, family quizzes, dance lessons, game shows, fitness classes, sports tournaments, galley walk throughs, cinema screenings, spa seminars, digital living workshops and of course, sipping cocktails while soaking up the sun and much more!

Dinner: At 6:00pm in the Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure for the many forms of entertainment offered on board ship.

Day 4: Nigel West on MI5 and Princess Diana

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Nigel West continues his look at the role of MI5 at times of crisis with a talk on MI5's Denial of the Assassination of Princess Diana.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Shipboard activities. 4:00pm Nigel West gives an informal talk on Spies, Novels and Politics.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Day 5: Ken Wharfe on Life With William and Harry

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Ken Wharfe talks about his time with Princes William and Harry - who called him "Uncle Ken" - and his travels with Princess Diana.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Shipboard activities.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: Perhaps take in a show at the Royal Court Theatre.

Day 6: Ken Wharfe on The New Royal Family

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Ken Wharfe looks at the New Royal Family and Security and What Went Wrong in Paris.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Shipboard activities.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Day 7: Robert Jobson on The New Monarcy

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Robert Jobson lectures on the New Monarchy and Historical Examples.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Shipboard activities. Late afternoon, Robert Jobson's talk continues.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Day 8: Charles Anson on Working With Royalty

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Charles Anson talks on his professional life "Working with the Queen of Westminster (Margaret Thatcher) and the Queen of England".

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Shipboard activities.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Day 9: Charles Anson on The Iranian Embassy Siege

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Queen Mary II.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Charles Anson talks about his life in the Diplomatic Service and his time as a hostage at the Embassy in Iran in 1978.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Shipboard activities. Pre-dinner round up and Q&A with all our speakers.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Day 10: Disembarkation and Free Time in London

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: The May Fair Hotel

Breakfast: Taken early today to faciliate disembarkation.

Morning: Transfer by coach to London.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Your time in London is free for independent exploration. Perhaps visit Kensington Palace after Ken Wharfe has given you insights into Diana's life there or maybe Buckingham Palace as it is open to the public in August. Alternatively Nigel West may have sparked an interest in the Churchill War Rooms and Churchill Museum. Your hotel is close to the British Museum and not far from Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery and National Portait Gallery. Your Group Leader will give you suggestions for activities.

Dinner: Excluded.

Day 11: Free time and Farewell Dinner, London, England

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: The May Fair Hotel

Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Free day.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: Gather with your Group Leader for a farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 12: London, England

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast: In the hotel. Some departures may leave before breakfast.

Morning: Transfers by private cars to London Heathrow Airport for the return flight home.

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Old Cuba is fantastic and should be seen before it's spoiled by capitalism.

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This was my wife's and my first trip with Road Scholar. At the time (April, 2012), it was not possible for Americans to directly visit Cuba. You had to do it with a cultural/educational group, often associated with a university. Or, you could fly to Canada, Mexico, or Europe first and then get a flight to Cuba from there (while risking a ~$10,000 fine from the US Government). We opted for the legal route with Road Scholar.

It was a fantastic trip! We had a small-ish group of about 20 people and a wonderful guide, José Luis (who, like most Cubans, had never been off the island).
The trip began in Miami where we had an orientation and spent the night. Then we flew to Havana and stayed in the Hotel Nacional for four nights. It doesn't get more historic -- or fun -- than the Nacional:
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While in Havana, we enjoyed great history/culture lectures from experts, toured various parts of Havana (including Hemmingway's home in the hills nearby), and, on our own, had the opportunity to have dinner at a paladar -- a restaurant inside someone's home.

The Cuban people are friendly but the infrastructure of their country is in shambles. It's been a long time since Russia's deep pockets left the island (1991), and you see poverty everywhere. But not the begging-in-the-street kind. Cuba provides universal health care, education (including room and board all the way through grad/med school!), food staples, and a very modest income (~$30/month) to everyone. Most people add to that income by working on the side.

After Havana, we traveled to Cienfuegos. From there we saw the infamous Bay Of Pigs, but also the wonderful Benny Moré Art School where we learned of the fantastic support for the arts by the Cuban government. Children are identified in grade school as having artistic talent and then funneled into magnet schools like Benny Moré to study art for their entire scholastic career!

Don't go to Cuba for the food. It's edible (and won't make you sick) but rather boring. You mainly get the "three amigos": fish, pork, or chicken, along with rice and/or black beans. But the aged rum is superb and so are the cigars!

Probably my favorite thing on the island, though, was the music -- whether on the street or in a more formal setting:
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Cuba is fantastic. Go enjoy it!
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Loved the variety of different hotels, the expertise of the individual tour guides, the meals and especially the beautiful countryside. All 17 of us on the t rip got to know each other well, thanks to the kindness, the personality and the organizational skill of Mark, our tour director. Keep up the good work!
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Road Scholar offers many tours starting in Utah. The one I took focused of photography of the National Parks in Utah, with a professional photographer traveling with us. The schedule was set up such that we would get "the golden light" at each of the parks. Those not familiar with the term must know that the best light occurs at either sunrise or sunset, when the impact of the sun on objects is diffused by having to travel through the earth's atmosphere on a diagonal rather than vertically.

As such, you can now expect that sleep will be an issue as you will get to bed late and rise early. But the territory is beautiful at all times, and more so illuminated by the golden light.

In order to maximize your sleeping ability, the tour is only offered in the spring and the fall. Doing this in the winter would be pretty cold and require special equipment to traverse the snow. Doing it in the summer would basically mean no sleep as the daylight is so long.

A great learning experience in beautiful territory.
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Thank you Road Scholar Staff for planning a wonderful introduction to Cuba today. My previous knowledge was from people who felt they had to leave Cuba more than fifty years ago. I learned from qualified professors, tour guides and from talking to Cuban people from different parts of Cuba who work in different kinds of jobs. I could see how the Cuban people have come together to meet the challenges of the past and to prepare for a brighter future.
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This is a fabulous program for young and old. The instructors are great with kids and adults. The activities are very well organized and varied. My grandson is already making plans for next year.
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Ship Name

Queen Mary II

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

Queen Mary II: 8 nights  New York

Millenium Hilton: 1 night  New York

The Millenium Hilton hotel is conveniently located in Lower Manhattan right in the heart of New York City’s bustling financial district within easy reach of Wall Street and the Statue of Liberty. The hotel is located just a few steps from the National 9/11 Memorial and is surrounded by the renowned New York neighborhoods of SoHo, Tribeca and Greenwich Village.

The May Fair Hotel: 2 nights  London

Set in exclusive Mayfair in the heart of London, the May Fair hotel since its historic opening in 1927 by His Majesty King George V continues to play host to the rich and famous. Within a short distance of the chic areas of Bond Street and Knightsbridge, it is close to Green Park and Buckingham Palace.

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Meals Included:

11 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 10 Dinners

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