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Irish American Connections: Emigrant Stories on the Queen Mary 2

Program Number: 20331RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/25/2013 - 9/11/2013;
Duration: 17 nights
Location: England/Ireland
Price starting at: $3,994.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 45; 15 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 16 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Relive the historic ocean crossing of Irish emigrants to America — in considerably more comfort — aboard the Queen Mary 2. Learn about the historic link between Ireland and the U.S. from the Great Famine to today’s friendship between the two countries. Experience arrival in the “land of opportunity” as the Statue of Liberty comes into view and you step into Ellis Island, the gateway to American life.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some stairs and uneven terrain.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Cork (Ireland), 4 nights; Dublin, 2 nights; Portsmouth (England), 1 night; aboard Queen Mary 2, 8 nights; New York City (U.S.A.), 1 night.



Day 1:
Overnight flight from the U.S.A.




Days 2-5:
Arrival Cork (Ireland):

Wander through Cork’s famous English Market and step inside Saint Finbarre’s Cathedral. Absorb the unique landscape of this area from which many Irish emigrated and learn more about the Potato Famine at the Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Venture to Cobh, departure point for 2.5 million Irish people headed for the United States. Enjoy the traditions of Irish life: tea and soda bread, hearty pub lunches and a night of Irish singing and storytelling.
Lodging: Centrally located hotel.



Days 6-7:
Coach to Dublin:

En route to Dublin, visit the Kennedy homestead, the birthplace of John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather. Board the Dunbroady, a majestic full-scale replica of a sailing vessel that carried thousands of people to North America. A day’s exploration of Dublin includes St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle.
Lodging: Centrally located hotel.



Days 8-9:
Flight to London (England) / coach to Portsmouth / embark Queen Mary 2:

Discover several historic ships in the home of England’s Royal Navy before boarding the QM2.
Lodging: Comfortable hotel.



Days 10-15:
At Sea:

Onboard lectures explore the impact of the Irish in America, from arrival to political activism and organization to integration and success at the highest levels of society. Learn the real story of Saint Patrick and delve into the relationship between Ireland and the U.S. today.



Days 16-17:
New York City (U.S.A.) / disembark / departure:

Relive an Irish immigrant’s arrival in America at Ellis Island.
Lodging: Four-star hotel in Manhattan.



Queen Mary 2

At 1,132 feet long and 131 feet wide and cruising at 28.5 knots, the Queen Mary 2 can carry 2,592 passengers. Public areas linked by elevators include restaurants, bars, library, theater, casino, gym, pool and more. Dining in the Britannia Restaurant.


Meals and Lodgings
   Imperial Hotel
  Cork., Ireland 4 nights
   Ashling Hotel
  Dublin., Ireland 2 nights
   Hilton Portsmouth
  Portsmouth, UK:England 1 night
   Queen Mary II.
  Queen Mary 2, USA 8 nights
   New York Marriott Downtown
  New York City, USA 1 night
 Imperial Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: AVEDA Lifestyle Salon and Spa.
  Contact info: South Mall
Cork,  Co. Cork. Ireland
phone: +353 21 4274040.
web: http://www.flynnhotels.com/Imperial_Hotel_Cork
  Room amenities: Satellite TV, radio, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, coffee and tea making facilities.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar and meeting rooms on site .
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Ashling Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Ashling is located in the heart of historic Dublin adjacent to Heuston Station, Dublin Zoo, Kilmainham Gaol and on the Luas red line.
  Contact info: Parkgate Street
Dublin 8,   Ireland
phone: +353 1 677 2324
web: www.ashlinghotel.ie
  Room amenities: Direct Dial Telephone, Multi Channel Television, Complimentary WiFi access,In room safe, Hairdryer, Tea/coffee making tray.
  Facility amenities: 180 Seater restaurant, Chesterfield Brasserie and Iveagh Bar.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hilton Portsmouth
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Modern hotel close to Portsmouth harbour.
  Ship Information: N/A.
  Contact info: Eastern Road
Farlington
Portmouth,  PO6 1UN UK:England
phone: +44 23 92 219111
web: www.hilton.com/portsmouth
  Room amenities: Plasma television, clock radio, tea and coffee making facilities. High-speed internet access surcharge). Wake up calls.
  Facility amenities: Tradewinds Restaurant and Bar. Gym, Health Club, tennis courts. Hiar salon. 24 room service. Safe deposit box at Front Desk.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Queen Mary II.
Type: Cruise Ship
  Ship Information: Having made her debut in January of 2004, the stylish and grand 12-deck, transatlantic liner Queen Mary 2, built by Cunard and under British Registry, represents the pinnacle of maritime achievement. At 1,132' long and 131' wide (150,000 tons) and cruising at 28.5 knots she can carry 3,090 passengers (of whom a maximum of 44 are Participants). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant.
  Contact info: N/A.
N/A.
NY 00000 USA
phone: 800-576-1172
web: www.cunard.co.uk
  Room amenities: Direct-Dial telephone & data port outlet. Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer . Interactive TV with multi-language film and music channels. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets. Mini-refrigerator, bathrobe and slippers, 24-hour room service.
  Facility amenities: Public areas linked by elevators include restaurants, bars, library, lounges, theater, casino, spa club, gym, sun decks and pool.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 New York Marriott Downtown
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The only Marriott hotel centrally located in Lower Manhattan, New York City's Financial District, and within walking distance to Wall Street and NYSE.
  Contact info: 85 West Street at Albany Street
New York, NY 10006 USA
phone: 121-238-5490 x0
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycws-new-york-marriott-downtown/
  Room amenities: This hotel near Wall Street features 497 newly renovated guest rooms, including 7 suites. Hotel rooms offer the new Revive bed, 300 thread-count linens, down comforters and marble bathrooms. Some guest rooms offer views of the Statue of Liberty, New York City Harbor, or Wall Street. This downtown Manhattan hotel near Wall Street offers a state-of-the-art hotel fitness center. High-tech amenities include high-speed internet access and flat-screen TVs in all guest rooms.
  Facility amenities: All public areas non-smoking, Beauty shop nearby (referral at front desk), Cash machine/ATM, Coffee/tea in-room, Concierge Lounge Hours, Concierge desk, Evening turndown service, Florist, Foreign exchange, Gift/newsstand, Housekeeping service daily, Local restaurant dinner delivery, Newspaper delivered to room on request, Newspaper in lobby, Phone calls: toll-free, Room service, 6:00 AM-12:00 AM, Safe deposit boxes, front desk, Valet dry-cleaning, Virtual Concierge Available
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after:  Write to Adventures Afloat at Road Scholar in Boston or email afloatops@roadscholar.org
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
A light lunch is served in the hotel at 12:30pm. Welcome meeting before dinner on arrival day in Cork. You will be staying at Imperial Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast on departure day in New York. Check out is by 12:00pm. You will be staying at New York Marriott Downtown the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **PLEASE NOTE: Cunard requires that you register online in order to receive your E-ticket(s) and cruise documents. You should do this when you receive your final program materials about 5 weeks prior to departure, your booking number and cabin assignment will be included with these materials. Please go to www.cunard.com to register. Click on Already Booked, then click on Voyage Personaliser on the left-hand side, scroll down a little and click on Visit Voyage Personaliser (in red font). That will open a new window where you can enter your first and last name and booking reference number to sign in. Once you have completed your online registration, you will be able to view and print all of your cruise documents. **You must print your own Queen Mary II Luggage Tags, they are required by the ship porters so your bags can make their way safely to your ship cabin.**
  Parking availability:
No parking.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Trains /buses available.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Cork.
  Nearest city or town:  Cork.
  Nearest airport:  Cork.
  Transportation to site: Directions from Shannon Airport to the Imperial Hotel, Cork is about 77miles from Shannon Airport Public transport-Buses to Cork run from Shannon every hour and take approx. 2 and a half hours. Tickets can be purchased from the driver for approximately €18. The Imperial Hotel, on the South Mall is situated approx. 250 metres from the Cork city bus station For detailed bus timetable information please visit www.buseireann.ie
  From End of Program
  Location:  New York City
  Nearest airport:  JFK, Newark, LaGuardia
  Transportation from site: Taxis are generally available and reliable or you may want to use the New York Airport Service Express Bus (Tel: 718 875 8200) or the Super Shuttle Manhattan – shared door-to-door service (Tel: 1 800 258 3826). Taxi to JFK is approximately $55, to La Guardia is $35. To Newark EWR $75.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Sunday, August 25)
   
 In Transit: Overnight flight to Shannon Airport.

Day 2: Cork City.
(Monday, August 26)

Note: Walking on Cork's pavements for up to two hours.



   
 Arrive To: Shannon Airport and coach transfer to Cork.
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: Guided orientation of Cork city including its famous covered food market and St Fin Barre’s Cathedral. Welcome meeting.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Imperial Hotel
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: West Cork and Skibereen.
(Tuesday, August 27)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Depart for full day field trip to West Cork, a uniquely beautiful landscape and from where many Irish Americans left during the Famine. Visit the birthplace of one of Irish history’s most famous sons, Michael Collins, described by Winston Churchill as ‘an Irish patriot: true and fearless. Learn about the traditions of life in West Cork and enjoy tea and traditional baked soda bread
 Lunch: Continue on to Skibbereen via the sea side village of Glandore for a traditional Irish pub lunch.
 Afternoon: Visit the Skibbereen Heritage Centre for a guided visit of the Great Famine Exhibition and a talk on the Famine and in Ireland and its legacy of emigration. Free time in the bustling market town of Skibereen. Depart for Cork city
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Imperial Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: The Queenstown Centre Cobh. Lunch with host families. Blarney.
(Wednesday, August 28)

Note: Gentle walking and standing up to two hours.



   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Illustrated talk: “Cork & New York: A Tale of Two cities” Visit Cobh, the port of emigration for many Irish emigrating to the US in the 19th century, and Titanic’s last port of call. Guided ‘Titanic Trail’ gentle walk in Cobh
 Lunch: In the homes of host families in Cobh.
 Afternoon: Depart for Blarney to kiss the famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. Free time in Blarney
 Dinner: Dinner in Cork city centre.
 Evening: An evening of Irish music, singing and story-telling.
   
Accommodations: Imperial Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Ring of Kerry.
(Thursday, August 29)
   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel before coach departure to Killarney via the Ring of Kerry.
 Morning: Depart for Killarney, county Kerry. Meet a local farmer and local expert who will accompany you on the world-renowned ‘Ring of Kerry’
 Lunch: En route.
 Afternoon: Visit Kissane Family sheep farm. Return to Cork.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Imperial Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: John F Kennedy homstead.
(Friday, August 30)

Note: Gentle walking in Homestead Arboretum.



   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Depart for Dublin via county Wexford. Visit the John F Kennedy homestead in New Ross, county Wexford, the birthplace of JFK’s great grandfather, Patrick who lived here before emigrating to America to start a new life. It is still farmed today by his decendants. The Kennedy Homestead, birthplace of President John F. Kennedy's great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy, celebrates the story of five generations of the Kennedy dynasty and is still today farmed by his descendants. Joining the multitudes of Irish fleeing the Great Famine, Patrick Kennedy departed from this Homestead for the port of New Ross on a wet day in 1848 to set sail for the United States where his descendants were to become the worlds most famous family. The Kennedy Homestead is a unique Cultural Museum and Visitor Centre, celebrating this family history like no other. The Centre graphically illustrates a story of epic proportions, full of triumph and tragedy. Moving from steerage on an immigrant vessel to the slums of Boston, from the Court of St. James to the White House, and the golden era Americans refer to as "Camelot". Continue to the nearby JFK Arboretum & Irelands National Monument covering 252 hectares dedicated to the memory of the former US president. Enjoy a gentle guided walk of the Arboretum.
 Lunch: Lunch in New Ross.
 Afternoon: Field trip to the‘Dunbrody’ Ireland's historic Emigrant ship. Follow in the footsteps of Famine emigrants as they boarded ships bound for the New World. Visitors to New Ross, County Wexford will immediately be drawn to the magnificent sight of the masts and rigging of the historic emigrant ship Dunbrody towering over the quayside. It's a full scale replica of the original ship which was built in 1845 for the Graves family of New Ross and which carried thousands of emigrants from Ireland to North America over a period of thirty years, trading extensively all over the world. All this on the very spot where President John F. Kennedy recalled his great grandparents leaving Ireland in 1849, “famine emigrants carrying only two things, a strong desire for freedom and a strong religious faith. Transfer continues to Dublin. Check in to Dublin city centre hotel.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Ashling Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Dublin City, St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Castle.
(Saturday, August 31)

Note: Stairs in historic buildings.



   
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Guided field trip of Dublin City, including St Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle with its 11 acres of grounds.
 Lunch: In Dublin.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon in Dublin city.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: An evening of traditional music and song in one of Dublin’s oldest pubs.
   
Accommodations: Ashling Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8:
(Sunday, September 1)
   
 Depart From: Dublin Airport to London Heathrow.
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Coach transfer to Portsmouth from Heathrow Airport. Check-in at hotel. Orientation walk.
 Dinner: In the hotel
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Portsmouth
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. HMS Victory and the Trafalgar Experience.
(Monday, September 2)

Note: Extensive walking in the Historic Dockyard. Seats available.



   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard including HMS Victory, the Trafalgar Experience, Mary Rose, HMS Warrior, the Royal Navy Museum. Coach transfer to Queen Mary II at Southampton for embarkation
 Lunch: On the Queen Mary II.
 Afternoon: Shipboard actvities.
 Dinner: On board.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Expert lecture: Irish Exodus.
(Tuesday, September 3)
   
 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: The Irish and America Lectures series will explore the impact and role of the of the Irish in America. lectures will look at early Irish society at the appeal of emigration, the great famine, the social standing of the arrivals, their political activism and organisation, military involvement and integration, the St Patrick legacy and the current relationship btween Ireland and America. Lecture today by Michael Martin. The Irish Exodus to the New World: the Attraction of America.
 Lunch: On board.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Lecture: The Great Famine and American Wake.
(Wednesday, September 4)
   
 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: Michael Martin lecture on Desperation and Emigration, the Great Famine and the American Wake.
 Lunch: On board
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Lecture on Arrival and Social Organisation.
(Thursday, September 5)
   
 Breakfast: On board
 Morning: Lecture on Arrival and Survival Social organisation.
 Lunch: On board
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Lecture: Politics and Power, Paddys to Presidents.
(Friday, September 6)
   
 Breakfast: On board
 Morning: Lecture: Politics and Power, Paddys to Presidents: The Achievements of the Irish in America.
 Lunch: On board
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities. Cocktail party.
 Dinner: On board.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Shipboard activities.
(Saturday, September 7)

Note: No Lecture today.



   
 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: Shipboard Activities
 Lunch: On board
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Lecture on St. Patrick.
(Sunday, September 8)
   
 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: Lecture: St. Patrick. Fact or Fantasy.
 Lunch: On board.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Lectures: Soldiers and Sailors; Ireland and America today.
(Monday, September 9)
   
 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: Lectures: Soldiers and Sailors: The Irish and the Military. A Great Power and a Proud Nation: Ireland and America today.
 Lunch: On Board
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On Board.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Disembark. Field trip to Ellis Island. Immigration Museum and the Statue of Liberty.
(Tuesday, September 10)
   
 Breakfast: On board.
 Morning: Disembark QMII. Coach to Manhattan for field trip to Ellis Island Immigration Museum and the Statue of Liberty.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Check in to the hotel.
 Dinner: Farewell Meeting followed by dinner. Dinner out.
 Evening: Evening free.
   
Accommodations: New York Marriott Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
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