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The R.M.S. Queen Mary and Catalina Island

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Program #1180RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Mar 23 — Mar 28, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Come aboard the legendary Queen Mary, the historic ocean liner and World War II troopship. A floating city awash in elegance, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, remains one of the most famous ships in history. The Queen Mary features 365 hotel staterooms, award-winning onboard restaurants and dining, a wedding chapel, 16 Art Deco reception salons for private celebrations, and exciting tours.

Contact info:
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802 USA
phone: 562-435-3511
web: www.queenmary.com

Room amenities: The 314 original First-Class Staterooms and nine Suites are situated on three decks and all are above sea level. No two rooms are alike! Many of these Staterooms feature the original artwork found on the ship during her heyday as well as authentic Art Deco built-ins for additional storage. All staterooms are air-conditioned and larger than the average cruise ship cabin. Each room is equipped with a telephone, iPod docking station and alarm clock; 32” LCD flat screen TV with satellite and Pay-Per-View movies; hair dryer; iron/ironing board; Pillow Top Perfect Sleeper Serta Mattress; and Crabtree Evelyn bath products. Room service is available. Bed Configuration: The variety of bed configurations includes 1 king, 1 queen, 1 full or 2 twins.

Facility amenities: Whether it’s the authentic polished wood paneling, the original 1930s artwork, the Art Deco style or the operable portholes, there’s no question that the Queen Mary Hotel is unlike any other Southern California hotel. Each stateroom is unique with its own personality and offers a real glimpse into what transatlantic travel was like during the 30's, 40’s and 50’s. From historic shipwalk tours and an onboard Art Gallery to paranormal attractions, shops, spa and fitness room, and various events, there is a wide variety of things to do and see while aboard the ship. The Queen Mary is a 100% non-smoking hotel. WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICE: Wi-Fi is available on board the Queen Mary in all rooms for a fee per computer of $5.99 for 60 minutes, or $9.99 for 24 hours. You can set up your WiFi access at the hotel front desk. A credit card is required.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
Please call hotel (562-435-3511) directly for reservations and to inquire about rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 23 - Independent Arrivals
Note: Our program involves daily walking of distances up to 1-1/2 miles on guided walks and to/from the scheduled activities; climbing stairs; carrying luggage to/from the Queen Mary/bus/Catalina Express boat; and walking to meals outside the hotel properties.

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into Queen Mary after 3:00PM.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your cabin assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session before dinner.

ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

Dinner: Dinner on Queen Mary

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. This program has only two choices for meals: standard and vegetarian. We are unable to customize menus for individuals. However, we have found that by requesting sauces and dressing to be served on the side, we are able to accommodate various food intolerances and allergies. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance on your Participant Information Form. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.

Evening: CROSSING POINTS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.

Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.

Lodging: The Queen Mary Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Come aboard the legendary Queen Mary, the historic ocean liner and World War II troopship. A floating city awash in elegance, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, remains one of the most famous ships in history. The Queen Mary features 365 hotel staterooms, award-winning onboard restaurants and dining, a wedding chapel, 16 Art Deco reception salons for private celebrations, and exciting tours.

Contact info:
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802 USA
phone: 562-435-3511
web: www.queenmary.com

Room amenities: The 314 original First-Class Staterooms and nine Suites are situated on three decks and all are above sea level. No two rooms are alike! Many of these Staterooms feature the original artwork found on the ship during her heyday as well as authentic Art Deco built-ins for additional storage. All staterooms are air-conditioned and larger than the average cruise ship cabin. Each room is equipped with a telephone, iPod docking station and alarm clock; 32” LCD flat screen TV with satellite and Pay-Per-View movies; hair dryer; iron/ironing board; Pillow Top Perfect Sleeper Serta Mattress; and Crabtree Evelyn bath products. Room service is available. Bed Configuration: The variety of bed configurations includes 1 king, 1 queen, 1 full or 2 twins.

Facility amenities: Whether it’s the authentic polished wood paneling, the original 1930s artwork, the Art Deco style or the operable portholes, there’s no question that the Queen Mary Hotel is unlike any other Southern California hotel. Each stateroom is unique with its own personality and offers a real glimpse into what transatlantic travel was like during the 30's, 40’s and 50’s. From historic shipwalk tours and an onboard Art Gallery to paranormal attractions, shops, spa and fitness room, and various events, there is a wide variety of things to do and see while aboard the ship. The Queen Mary is a 100% non-smoking hotel. WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICE: Wi-Fi is available on board the Queen Mary in all rooms for a fee per computer of $5.99 for 60 minutes, or $9.99 for 24 hours. You can set up your WiFi access at the hotel front desk. A credit card is required.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
Please call hotel (562-435-3511) directly for reservations and to inquire about rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 24 - Art Deco Class/Historic Guided Tour
Note: The Queen Mary has an overall length of 1,019.5 feet and over six decks to explore. Our guided walk is 90 minutes.

Breakfast: Breakfast on Queen Mary

Morning: CLASS: The Art of the Queen Mary and a Look at Art Deco

The Art Deco Talk covers the history of the ship as one of the greatest luxury liners ever built. She has one of the largest collections of original Art Deco artwork and architecture in the world. Learn what the basic style of Art Deco is and see original objects d'art created for the ship during the 1930's, which was the original Art Deco Period.

FIELD TRIP: Royal Historic Guided Walk

On this narrated, guided walk of the ship, learn about her fascinating history while visiting areas not accessible to the general public.



Lunch: Lunch on Queen Mary

Afternoon: CLASS: Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach, a fascinating and fast-changing international seaport, is eager to share its story with the local community. The presentation will cover a general overview of the Port and its operations, the Green Port Policy and the Port's environmental programs, local and regional economic benefits, Port security, infrastructure and transportation issues.

After class, you may use this time to explore the R.M.S. Queen Mary on your own. If interested, visit the "Diana: Legacy of a Princess" exhibit. Tickets are available at www.queenmary.com

Dinner: Dinner at Long Beach restaurant

Evening: CLASS: Disasters, Losses and Losers, Shipwrecks Famous and Obscure

Not every voyage goes well - history has given us many exciting sea stories and inspired hundreds of books, songs and movies. Come hear the fates of both famous disasters as well as the more obscure events that brought personal heartbreak without the headlines. See ships as they were and, some, as they are today thanks to the methods of marine archeology. Don't worry, its quite safe to attend!

Lodging: The Queen Mary Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Come aboard the legendary Queen Mary, the historic ocean liner and World War II troopship. A floating city awash in elegance, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, remains one of the most famous ships in history. The Queen Mary features 365 hotel staterooms, award-winning onboard restaurants and dining, a wedding chapel, 16 Art Deco reception salons for private celebrations, and exciting tours.

Contact info:
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802 USA
phone: 562-435-3511
web: www.queenmary.com

Room amenities: The 314 original First-Class Staterooms and nine Suites are situated on three decks and all are above sea level. No two rooms are alike! Many of these Staterooms feature the original artwork found on the ship during her heyday as well as authentic Art Deco built-ins for additional storage. All staterooms are air-conditioned and larger than the average cruise ship cabin. Each room is equipped with a telephone, iPod docking station and alarm clock; 32” LCD flat screen TV with satellite and Pay-Per-View movies; hair dryer; iron/ironing board; Pillow Top Perfect Sleeper Serta Mattress; and Crabtree Evelyn bath products. Room service is available. Bed Configuration: The variety of bed configurations includes 1 king, 1 queen, 1 full or 2 twins.

Facility amenities: Whether it’s the authentic polished wood paneling, the original 1930s artwork, the Art Deco style or the operable portholes, there’s no question that the Queen Mary Hotel is unlike any other Southern California hotel. Each stateroom is unique with its own personality and offers a real glimpse into what transatlantic travel was like during the 30's, 40’s and 50’s. From historic shipwalk tours and an onboard Art Gallery to paranormal attractions, shops, spa and fitness room, and various events, there is a wide variety of things to do and see while aboard the ship. The Queen Mary is a 100% non-smoking hotel. WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICE: Wi-Fi is available on board the Queen Mary in all rooms for a fee per computer of $5.99 for 60 minutes, or $9.99 for 24 hours. You can set up your WiFi access at the hotel front desk. A credit card is required.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
Please call hotel (562-435-3511) directly for reservations and to inquire about rates.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 25 - Slide Presentation by Ship's Officer/Aquarium of ...
Note: The amount of walking at the Aquarium is determined by your interest level.

Breakfast: Breakfast on Queen Mary

Morning: CLASS: Presentation by Ship's Officer

Learn about the Queen Mary with a 45 minute slide show narrated by one of the ship's officers

CLASS: The World War II Lecture tells the facts and figures of the The Grey Ghost during the Second World War. Having transported over 800,000 troops, serving as a hospital ship as well as the Bride and Baby Shuttle, her performance during the war has truly earned the Queen Mary the reputation of being "an International Historic Treasure".

Lunch: Lunch on your own on the Queen Mary or at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific

More than 12,000 marine animals representing over 550 species can be found at this famous aquarium. Explore a diversity of marine habitats from California coastal waters to the icy Northern Pacific.

Dinner: Dinner on Queen Mary

Evening: Orientation to Avalon

Lodging: The Queen Mary Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel St. Lauren on Catalina Island features 42 luxurious guest rooms overlooking glistening Avalon Bay. All its rooms are decorated in Victorian-style elegance with rosewood furniture. The hotel is just a few blocks away from swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, fishing and kayaking. Guests may rent a boat and explore Avalon bay or rent a rod and reel for ocean fishing right off the Green Pier.

Contact info:
231 Beacon St.
Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704 USA
phone: 310-510-2299
web: www.stlauren.com

Room amenities: All guest rooms feature a Victorian decor and are equipped with air conditioning and heat; telephones and alarm clocks; hair dryers and irons/ironing boards; color televisions with all the standard cable channels; and private bathrooms. All of the standard room configurations have a full tub/shower bath while the premium guest rooms have large oval whirlpool tubs. All rooms are are accessible by an elevator and feature electronic guest room door locks. Bed Configuration: Rooms have one king or one queen bed or, if the room has two beds, a configuration of one king and one full-sized folding bed with an 8-inch memory foam mattress.

Facility amenities: Guests will enjoy the hotel's 6th floor patio which offers a panoramic view of the City of Avalon and the Pacific Ocean. There's another patio on the 2nd floor for those who prefer a "tucked-away shady spot." The Hotel St. Lauren is a smoke-free hotel with no smoking allowed on the premises including all balconies, patios and decks. Guests may enjoy complimentary morning coffee from 8:00AM to 10:00AM in the Lobby. All floors and rooms are accessible by elevator. Wi-Fi Access: The hotel provides complimentary WiFi access throughout the building.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Based upon availability
Please call hotel directly at (310) 510-2299 for rates and availability

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Four: Wednesday, March 26 - Catalina Express Boat to Avalon/Catalina Casino G...
Note: Upon arrival in Avalon, the group walks 0.6 mile from the boat dock to the Casino for a 30-45 minute Casino Guided Walk. The Hotel St. Lauren is a 3-block (0.2 mile) walk up a slight hill (38' elevation change) from downtown Avalon.

Breakfast: Breakfast on Queen Mary

Morning: Check out of the Queen Mary and take the bus to the Catalina Express Landing for the boat trip to Avalon.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the restaurant of your choice in Avalon

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Guided Walk of Catalina Casino

Take a trip down memory lane to the days when bands were big and movies were just beginning to talk. Visit the Avalon Theater with its extraordinary Art Deco murals and classic 1929 theater pipe organ. Continue up to the beautiful, world-famous Casino Ballroom and enjoy the scenic view of Avalon Bay from the outdoor balcony.

CLASS: Experience Avalon's past, present & future through the unique perspective of a native historian.

Dinner: Dinner at Avalon restaurant

Lodging: Hotel St. Lauren

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel St. Lauren on Catalina Island features 42 luxurious guest rooms overlooking glistening Avalon Bay. All its rooms are decorated in Victorian-style elegance with rosewood furniture. The hotel is just a few blocks away from swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, fishing and kayaking. Guests may rent a boat and explore Avalon bay or rent a rod and reel for ocean fishing right off the Green Pier.

Contact info:
231 Beacon St.
Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704 USA
phone: 310-510-2299
web: www.stlauren.com

Room amenities: All guest rooms feature a Victorian decor and are equipped with air conditioning and heat; telephones and alarm clocks; hair dryers and irons/ironing boards; color televisions with all the standard cable channels; and private bathrooms. All of the standard room configurations have a full tub/shower bath while the premium guest rooms have large oval whirlpool tubs. All rooms are are accessible by an elevator and feature electronic guest room door locks. Bed Configuration: Rooms have one king or one queen bed or, if the room has two beds, a configuration of one king and one full-sized folding bed with an 8-inch memory foam mattress.

Facility amenities: Guests will enjoy the hotel's 6th floor patio which offers a panoramic view of the City of Avalon and the Pacific Ocean. There's another patio on the 2nd floor for those who prefer a "tucked-away shady spot." The Hotel St. Lauren is a smoke-free hotel with no smoking allowed on the premises including all balconies, patios and decks. Guests may enjoy complimentary morning coffee from 8:00AM to 10:00AM in the Lobby. All floors and rooms are accessible by elevator. Wi-Fi Access: The hotel provides complimentary WiFi access throughout the building.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Based upon availability
Please call hotel directly at (310) 510-2299 for rates and availability

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Five: Thursday, March 27 - Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Garden/Narrated Bus ...
Note: Walk from the hotel to The Pancake Cottage is 0.3 miles. The amount of walking at the Wrigley Botanical Garden is determined by your interest level. The walk back from Wrigley Gardens to the Hotel St. Lauren is 1.25 downhill miles.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Avalon restaurant

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Garden

Enjoy a self-guided nature walk in the Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Garden, which houses some of the most beautiful plants in California. The short walk up to the Memorial is well worth the commanding views of Avalon Bay. The Wrigley Memorial honors the memory of William Wrigley Jr, who lived from 1861 to 1932. It is the centerpiece of the Botanical Garden and was built in 1933-34 with the goal of using as many Catalina materials as possible.

FIELD TRIP: Bus Trip Around Avalon

You will discover the enchantment of Avalon everywhere you turn on this delightful 7-1/2 mile journey along the beachfront, up the hillsides, and through the heart of town. It's the perfect introduction to the town of Avalon. See postcard-perfect views and colorful, local spots as our guide provides interesting Catalina Island highlights and history.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the restaurant of your choice in Avalon

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Avalon and Catalina Island on your own or participate in commercial tours at your own expense.

Dinner: Dinner at Avalon restaurant

Lodging: Hotel St. Lauren

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, March 28 - Catalina Express Boat to Long Beach/Independent D...
Note: From hotel to The Pancake Cottage is .3 mile walk. The group walks 0.6 mile from the hotel to the boat dock for return trip to Long Beach

Breakfast: Breakfast at Avalon restaurant

Morning: HOTEL CHECK OUT: Check out of the Hotel St. Lauren and take the Catalina Express boat back to Long Beach.

The return time to Long Beach is determined by the Catalina Express schedule, which changes on a quarterly basis. The group is generally booked on the 8AM boat from Avalon with a return time to Long Beach about 9:15AM. Transportation is provided to take the group back to the Queen Mary.

This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our Queen Mary/Catalina Island program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast



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Avalon, Catalina Island
Catalina Island Visitors BureauP.O. Box 217

Avalon, CA 90704

(310) 510-1520

E-mail: info@CatalinaChamber.com

Physical Address: #1 Green Pier, Avalon, CA 90704

Visit the official Catalina Island website for everything you want to know about this gem of an island.
For additional information, visit: www.catalinachamber.com

Long Beach, CA
Long Beach Area Convention & Visitors BureauOne World Trade Center

Suite 300

Long Beach, CA 90831

(800) 452-7829

The website for the Long Beach California Convention & Visitors Bureau features complete vacation and travel information including area hotels, tours and attractions and fun activities as well as the Official Long Beach Travel Guide.
For additional information, visit: www.visitlongbeach.com


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