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Best of London Theatre on Queen Mary 2

On this theater-themed voyage, enjoy lectures, performances, history and the unique insight of producer/director Giles Ramsay as you sail the Atlantic and see four plays in London.
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Fabulous education experience!


Carol and GIles were fabulous! The choice of plays excellent. It had variety and stimulus. I enjoyed GIles’ lectures immensely. Loved the “rehearsal”! I appreciated the lecture by Paddy O’Connell on Brexit as well. The hotel left a bit to be desired. We had to ask to have our room made up at 5:00 PM even when the “please make up” light was on and the first lunch was simply disgusting. The QMII was a dream come true. Thank you for another fabulous trip. I have been to Antartica with you and am looking forward to China and Peru!


If you like theater and want to spend time with like-minded people this is the program for you. Instructor Giles and other excellent instructors impart their knowledge on board the Queen Mary 2 and in London. For theater lovers it doesn't get any better than that.


This program met our expectations entirely. Giles Ramsey, the theater expert and lecturer was informative, witty and engaging. The accommodations on the QM2 were fine, as were the hotels, both in New York and London. We cannot say enough about our intrepid tour leader, Carole Flynn, who anticipated every person's needs and concerns.


I just completed my second Road Scholar trip! Last year, I traveled to Rome, Florence and Venice! This second trip was a theatre themed trip on the QM2! It was fabulous! Expert lectures on Shakespeare, London theatre and much more. Great travel with an educational component and making some new friends. How great is that!!


Participants in Road Scholar’s Best of London Theater program will experience comprehensive and brilliant lectures by the eminent director and producer Giles Ramsay while enjoying the transatlantic accommodations of the elegant Queen Mary 2 followed by four nights of attendance at current plays in London. Daytime trips to the National Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum round off a grand adventure!

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This was my first trip with RS and I had a great time. There were about 38 of us. I was one of the many solo travelers. It was near impossible to know who was on their own or with friends or mates. I have tried other travel companies that specialize in cruises for the older travelers, but the emphasis seemed to be on how much you could eat and drink while on board. Not much available to learn unless it is how to play the slots. The Queen Mary is a lovely ship. We had lectures about the theater almost every afternoon. We dined in the same dining room for dinner, there was no exact assigned seating so many people dined with someone new nightly. Everyone one knew each other by the time we docked in England. We saw excellent plays each of the 4 nights there. Our theater guide, Giles, led informative discussions before and after each play. We also had time to go to the museums and see the sights of London. The traffic in London was madding, but we went everywhere in a large luxury coach so we got to see the sights from above it all. Carol our RS host was outstanding. Always cheery, friendly and knowledgeable as we were quite a "herd of cats" to keep track of. I am now looking for my next RS trip to book! RS has several other trips like this one with that start with the ocean crossing and themes like art, mysteries, British history etc. Diana Las Vegas

R. Natalie

If you are interested in seeing theatre in London, and getting into stimulating discussions about it, you might like this Theatre trip.


My second trip aboard the Queen Mary 2 crossing the Atlantic. Topic was of interest to me but the lecturer was on a different plane. He focused on going way back to cavemen in tracing the origins of London theatre; It was not an approach to more modern theatre as I would have wanted.. Our lecturer did not allow any time for discussion or comments from the participants. Our days aboard ship were delightful, but the arrangements for seating in the dining room led to some ill feelings. do we displace someone or a couple and take the seats they had at the last meal? Do we displace one couple while their friends were not? London theatre was inviting; well diversified and interesting. Our hotel was not what I would have selected; it had no charm about it and was in a neighborhood that was crowded, noisy ' but it had a redeeming feature in that it was close to the tube. I rate the experience as a whole as certainly informative and even stimulating.

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