14569
United States/England
The Spying Game from the Cambridge Five to the Cold War: A Queen Mary 2 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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DAY
1
Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
New York
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New York Marriott Downtown

Afternoon: After independent arrivals to the New York hotel, check-in. At 5:00pm enjoy a welcome meeting and reception with Nigel West, the Course Director.

Dinner: In the hotel at 7:00pm.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
2
Ground Zero Museum and Memorial
Queen Mary II
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Queen Mary II

Breakfast: In the New York hotel.

Morning: This morning you will have the opportunity to visit the Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial and Museum where you will examine authentic artifacts and learn about how people responded in the aftermath of the attack

Lunch: You may take a late lunch on board the Queen Mary II. The coach departs the hotel at 1:00pm for a 2:00pm embarkation.

Afternoon: A coach takes us to the pier to embark the Queen Mary II. After the safety drill, familiarise yourself with the many facilities of the ship. Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities during each of your afternoons and evenings as you sail to London and your learning adventure. Experience the Cunard Insights guest lecture series, which explores historical and contemporary issues presented by speakers including explorers, academics, former ambassadors and politicians, historians and scientists, novelists, biographers and award-winning actors and film makers. If you are an avid reader, take advantage of the Book Club and literary discussions with librarians, or choose from a wide range of classes such as watercolors, computer lessons, wine tasting, ballroom dancing and more, or enjoy bridge and board games. On deck, games and more active entertainment are available. You can exercise in the fitness center, walk around the Promenade Deck, swim in one of the pools, play tennis, or take exercise classes such as yoga and Pilates. In the Royal Court Theatre, enjoy singers and dancers in stage shows. There are movies in the cinema, and the bars and lounges throughout the ship feature pianists, jazz bands and string quartets. Hear the Julliard School jazz series and take part in the Royal Night Theme Balls. Polish your acting skills with one-hour workshops with actors who spent three years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Or simply take Afternoon Tea and enjoy the Maritime Quest exhibition throughout the ship.

Dinner: Taken in the Britannia Restaurant at 6:00pm. Delicious menus designed by Cunard’s Global Culinary Ambassador, Jean-Marie Zimmermann await you in Britannia and Britannia Club Restaurants. Make a dramatic entrance down the grand staircase into the elegant Britannia two tier dining room and revel in the sumptuous menus and perfectly attentive service.

Evening: At leisure. See a show tonight in the ballroom, or relax and watch a movie in the theatre, or perhaps wander to one of the bars for a beverage and chat. Or wander through the stacks of the library, one of the best shipboard libraries available, find a book and that perfect reading chair.

DAY
3
Lecture on Kim Philby, Aboard Queen Mary II
Queen Mary II
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Queen Mary II

Breakfast: On board ship.

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

Lunch: Taken on board ship in the Britannia or more casually in King's Court.

Afternoon: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities during each of the next six afternoons and evenings as you sail to London and your theatrical learning adventure. Experience the Cunard Insights guest lecture series, which explores historical and contemporary issues presented by speakers including explorers, academics, former ambassadors and politicians, historians and scientists, novelists, biographers and award-winning actors and film makers. If you are an avid reader, take advantage of the Book Club and literary discussions with librarians, or choose from a wide range of classes such as watercolors, computer lessons, wine tasting, ballroom dancing and more, or enjoy bridge and board games. On deck, games and more active entertainment are available. You can exercise in the fitness center, walk around the Promenade Deck, swim in one of the pools, play tennis, or take exercise classes such as yoga and Pilates. In the Royal Court Theatre, enjoy singers and dancers in stage shows. There are movies in the cinema, and the bars and lounges throughout the ship feature pianists, jazz bands and string quartets. Hear the Julliard School jazz series and take part in the Royal Night Theme Balls. Polish your acting skills with one-hour workshops with actors who spent three years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Or simply take Afternoon Tea and enjoy the Maritime Quest exhibition throughout the ship.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: See a show tonight in the ballroom, or relax and watch a movie in the theatre, or perhaps wander to one of the bars for a beverage and chat. Or wander through the stacks of the library, one of the best shipboard libraries available, find a book and that perfect reading chair

DAY
4
The Illegals, Cocktail Party
Queen Mary II
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Queen Mary II

Breakfast: On board ship.

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

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Shipboard activities: Enjoy the QM2’s many educational and entertainment activities, which include: a guest lecture series; a book club with literary discussions with the ship librarian; and classes in watercolors, computers, wine tasting, ballroom dance, bridge and board games. You may also take acting lessons or a course in celestial navigation. Musical entertainment includes the Julliard Jazz School series, as well as singers and dancers in stage shows in the Royal Court Theatre, or pianists, string quartets and a movie theater. Enjoy personal fitness activities such as swimming, tennis, yoga, Pilates, aerobics and spinning. Or simply take tea and enjoy a museum-quality exhibit that takes you back to the golden era of transatlantic ship crossings. Also, enjoy a welcome cocktail party .

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities, including many kinds of evening entertainmet featuring dancing, music and more

DAY
5
The Defectors
Queen Mary II
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Queen Mary II

Breakfast: On board ship.

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

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities, perhaps excercising your mind playing bridge with new friends or trying out a board game, then exercising your body in the QM2's fitness center. You activity choices are plentiful.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities. Check the QM2 schedule to see which night you can experience a Royal Night Theme Ball, donning your formal dancing attire and taking to the floor in a sea of glittering ball gowns and tuxedos accompanied by the sounds of a wonderful orchestra.

DAY
6
At Leisure
Queen Mary II
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Queen Mary II

Breakfast: On board.

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

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Free afternoon for shipboard activities. Choose from a large range of activities to suit all interests.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

DAY
7
Soviet Espionage
Queen Mary II
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Queen Mary II

Breakfast: On board.

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

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Maybe you're in need of a rigorous walk around the Promenade Deck. Or perhaps you and new friends have been keeping track of your wins and losses playing bridge and are hoping to swing things in your favor. There are ample shipboard activities from which to choose. You may enjoy a yoga or Pilates class with one of the QM2's expert fitness instructors, or improve your skills in a computer class or one of many other class offerings. Choose from the plentiful shipboard activities offered on this grand ship.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

DAY
8
Venona
Queen Mary II
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Queen Mary II

Breakfast: On board ship.

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

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Shipboard activities.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

DAY
9
Disembarkation.
Cambridge
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DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge

Breakfast: Early breakfast on board ship before disembarkation at approximately 9:00am.

Morning: Disembark in Southampton and transfer by coach to Cambridge.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner is in the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
American Cemetery, Oxford Colleges
Cambridge
B,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge

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 pay homage at the American Cemetery Madingley, where more than 3,900 Americans who served in WWII were laid to rest.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: The field trip continues. With a local expert, take a fascinating walk around the many colleges of Cambridge University and explore the myriad espionage connections therein.

Dinner: Dinner is included in the hotel.

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

DAY
11
Bletchley Park.
Cambridge
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DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Take a field trip to "Station X" or Churchill's Golden Egg, Bletchley Park, home to the Enigma machine. Historic site of secret British codebreaking activities during WWII and birthplace of the modern computer. Check out the tales of spies and strategic deception. You may even be the one to discover the map to genius mathematician Alan Turing's silver, supposedly buried in or near Bletchley Park. Have a look inside the ornate Victorian Mansion that was headquarters to intelligence staff during the War. Wander by the Lake, relax and observe the wildlife.

Lunch: Lunch is excluded. There is a café at Bletchley.

Afternoon: The field trip continues.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Guest lecturer on real life spies.
Cambridge
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DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge

Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Nigel West lectures on "The Cambridge Spies: The Significance of the Five" and Glenmore Trenear-Harvey on "The Litvinenko Case".

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in 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.