14569
United States/England

The Spying Game — Cambridge Five to the Cold War: A QM2 Voyage

Discover a world of espionage, cryptology, undercover agents and Cold War intrigue as you gain expert insight into British spy history with author and intelligence expert Nigel West.
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Program No. 14569RJ
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13 days
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13 days
12 nights
33 meals
12 B 10 L 11 D
DAY
1
Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
New York
Millennium Hilton New York Downtown

Afternoon: After independent arrivals to the New York hotel, check in. The afternoon is free time until our Orientation meeting at 5:00 p.m. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Adventures Afloat program. In addition to lectures and field trips exclusively for our Road Scholar group, you are invited to take advantage of activities and events aboard ship that are separate from the Road Scholar program. The time available in each port is set by the cruise line. Whenever possible, the Road Scholar daily schedule indicates port arrival and departure times (subject to change by the cruise line). This may mean that free time in port is limited. Regardless of the time in port, Road Scholar delivers a robust educational program. All routes, field trips, and excursions are subject to change as weather and sea conditions could affect the progress of the ship, making it run late and/or miss ports if it is not safe to dock. Because of this, the cruise itinerary should always be regarded as provisional. The operators reserve the right to change the content of field trips and excursions without prior notice. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Our Orientation meeting is followed at 6:00 p.m. by a Welcome Reception with drinks and canapes.

Dinner: 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.

Evening: At leisure. Go out exploring on your own, enjoy the hotel’s amenities, or just relax. The hotel is conveniently located near public transportation that can take you into Manhattan as well as a variety of local attractions. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

DAY
2
Ground Zero Museum and Memorial, Embarkation
Queen Mary II
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Breakfast: In the New York hotel.

Morning: This morning we will have the opportunity to visit the Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial and Museum, where we will examine authentic artifacts and learn about how people responded in the aftermath of the attack. We will depart for the pier early afternoon, complete embarkation procedures, and board the Queen Mary 2.

Lunch: Aboard the Queen Mary 2, have a late lunch and choose from a menu with multiple options for appetizers and soups, salad and sandwiches, entrées, and desserts.

Afternoon: Take some time to settle in and begin to familiarize yourself with the ship. There will also be a mandatory Safety Drill this afternoon, so please listen out for the Captain’s announcements once on board.

Dinner: In the Britannia Restaurant, choose from the extensive menu offering multiple options for appetizers and soups, salads, entrées, and dessert as well as tea, coffee and water; other beverages available for purchase. It’s impossible not to feel special making a dramatic entrance down the grand staircase.

Evening: At leisure. The Queen Mary 2 is a floating city. The options for activities and entertainment are many and varied. You might like to see a show in the ballroom, go dancing, listen to music, watch a movie in the theatre, have a beverage and a chat with new Road Scholar friends in one of the bars, or wander through the library — one of the best shipboard libraries anywhere — to find a book and curl up in that perfect reading chair.

DAY
3
Lecture on Kim Philby, Aboard Queen Mary 2
Queen Mary II
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Breakfast: 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: Informative and fascinating lecture on the Cambridge spy - Kim Philby: Synonym for Betrayal by Nigel West.

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

Afternoon: Free Time. Take advantage of a variety of enrichment activities. You might attend a presentation by a guest speaker, take a class such as watercolor painting or ballroom dancing, take a dip in one of the swimming pools, or any of the many other options.

Dinner: Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy a variety of activities on board, from movies to shows or simply enjoying the ambience of the many themed bars.

DAY
4
The Illegals, Cocktail Party
Queen Mary II
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Activity note: Timing of cocktail party is subject to change, depending upon other shipboard events.

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Nigel's insightful lecture this morning is on The Great Illegals; the NKVD and the Penetration of the British Establishment.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: The afternoon begins with free time. Weather permitting, you might like to take a leisurely stroll around the Promenade Deck and take in the fresh sea air. Later in the afternoon we'll enjoy a Road Scholar-exclusive cocktail party.

Dinner: Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. 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
5
The Defectors
Queen Mary II
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: This morning hear about the Defectors: Walter Krivitsky, Igor Gouzenko and Vladimir Petrov as expert Nigel West takes you through their activities.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take advantage of the many educational, social and physical activities available, or simply relax in a deck chair with a view of the glistening Atlantic.

Dinner: Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. You may wish to visit the Queen Mary 2’s beautiful theatre, home to nightly productions from stars of stage and screen alike.

DAY
6
At Leisure
Queen Mary II
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Spend a relaxed morning further enjoying everything the Queen Mary 2 has to offer.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Free time. A perfect opportunity to visit the spellbinding planetarium show, polish your bridge skills during a tournament, or perhaps retreat to the spa for a massage.

Dinner: Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. The Golden Lion, a traditional English pub aboard the QM2, runs a competitive pub quiz — perfect for showing off your newly gained knowledge.

DAY
7
Soviet Espionage
Queen Mary II
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Nigel West lectures on Yalta and the Manhattan Project: Triumphs of Soviet Espionage. Lessons to be learned.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Free time. When not performing in the ship’s theatre, members of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art give you the opportunity to flex your acting muscles at daily workshops.

Dinner: Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. The Queen Mary 2 travels with expert sommeliers, who host nightly wine tasting and appreciation events.

DAY
8
Venona
Queen Mary II
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Nigel West lectures on the subject of one of his many books - VENONA: The Greatest Secret of the Cold War.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Free time. You may wish to explore the history of the Cunard Line at a unique exhibition running through the halls of the ship.

Dinner: Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy your last evening onboard and prepare for disembarkation and transfer to London in the morning.

DAY
9
Disembarkation
Cambridge
B,L,D
Cambridge Hotel

Breakfast: Early in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: We will complete disembarkation procedures and make our way to the motorcoach for our transfer to Cambridge.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Free time. This block of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
American Cemetery, Cambridge Colleges
Cambridge
B,L,D
Cambridge Hotel

Activity note: Walk of up to two hours on paved streets and in historic colleges with stairs.

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning we'll pay homage at the American Cemetery Madingley, where more than 3,900 Americans who served in WWII were laid to rest.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy a meal at a local eatery.

Afternoon: With a local expert, we'll take a fascinating walk around the many colleges of Cambridge University and explore the myriad espionage connections therein.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure, or enjoy a showing of a film relating to our topic at the hotel.

DAY
11
Bletchley Park
Cambridge
B,D
Cambridge Hotel

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: We'll board the motorcoach and take a field trip to "Station X" or Churchill's Golden Egg, Bletchley Park, home to the Enigma machine. This is the historic site of secret British codebreaking activities during WWII, and the birthplace of the modern computer. We'll check out the tales of spies and strategic deception. One of us may even be the one to discover the map to genius mathematician Alan Turing's silver, supposedly buried in or near Bletchley Park! We 'll have a look inside the ornate Victorian Mansion that was headquarters to intelligence staff during the War, and wander by the Lake to relax and observe the wildlife.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like. There is a café at Bletchley.

Afternoon: The field trip continues.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Guest lecturer on real life spies.
Cambridge
B,L,D
Cambridge Hotel

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: In the hotel, Nigel West lectures on The Cambridge Spies: The Significance of the Five, and Glenmore Trenear-Harvey on The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko: An Update.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Departure.
Cambridge
B

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to London Heathrow by coach and private cars. Arranged according to flight departure times. Some transfers may leave before breakfast.






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