22603
United States/England

Transatlantic Art Adventure: London and NYC on Queen Mary 2

Experience some of the world’s finest art galleries from New York to London on this spectacular transatlantic voyage aboard Queen Mary 2.
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Program No. 22603RJ
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16 days
15 nights
33 meals
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DAY
1
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive London, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
London, England
D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in 3:00 p.m.

Morning: If you arrive before rooms are available, you may leave your luggage with the concierge and go out for a walk in London's Bloomsbury area or relax in the hotel.

Lunch: 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.

Afternoon: After checking in to our hotel we'll have some time to unpack and relax before our Orientation meeting. 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. his program is staffed with both a Group Leader, who will accompany us throughout the program and deal primarily with logistics, and a Study Leader who will lecture, conduct field trips, and serve as an information resource on program-related topics. This is a Road Scholar Adventures Afloat program. In addition to Road Scholar exclusive lectures, field trips, and activities, you are invited to take advantage of activities and events offered by the cruise line that are separate from Road Scholar. Routes, field trips, and excursions are subject to change as weather and sea conditions could require altering the itinerary and/or the progress of the ship, making it run late and possibly miss ports if it cannot dock. The cruise itinerary should therefore be regarded as provisional. The operators reserve the right to change the content of field trips and excursions without prior notice. 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.

Dinner: At the hotel, we'll have a 3-course plated and served welcome dinner with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
19th-Century Modernism, British Museum
London, England
B,L
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet offers a variety of hot and cold items, as well as juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: In the hotel, we'll begin our artistic adventure with a lecture from our Study Leader, discussing how the Modernists of 19th-century France began to look ahead to the future.

Lunch: At the hotel, we'll have a two-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll board a motorcoach for a field trip to the British Museum, home to a collection of over 8 million objects – one of the most comprehensive in the world. Here we’ll enjoy an expert-led journey through the Museum’s galleries, exploring highlights of the collection including the Rosetta Stone, the Lewis Chessmen, and the Parthenon Frieze.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like. The Bloomsbury area offers plentiful dining options, and other areas of London are easily accessible by London Underground. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure. The hotel is conveniently situated near a variety of historical and cultural attractions as well as transportation options if you wish to go out exploring on your own. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Or simply relax and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
4
Tate Britain, Tate Modern
London, England
B,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We'll set out this morning on a field trip via motorcoach to the Tate Britain, holding the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day as well as international modern and contemporary art. The galleries’ arrangement presents a chronological display of artworks from 1545 to the present day, and also allows visitors to focus on specific periods or art movements by dropping into the circuit of galleries wherever they wish. Other areas of the gallery are devoted to artists who have a strong relationship with Tate Britain. These include the Turner Collection, the William Blake room, and the Henry Moore rooms. We’ll enjoy a visit to the galleries led by a local expert.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: We will wend our way up the Thames, like countless Londoners before us, by river boat. Framed on either bank by iconic buildings and monuments, our next field trip destination is the Tate Modern, Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary art. In a visit led by our local expert, we’ll view timeless works by luminaries such as Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Dalí, Pollock, and Warhol. We will be able to enjoy the awe-inspiring Turbine Gallery, an exhibition space almost overwhelmingly large and the former home of the power generators that kept London running day and night. There is often a special, large scale installation on display.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we'll have a 3-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
The National Galleries
London, England
B,L
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We'll begin the day aboard our motorcoach as we ride to iconic Trafalgar Square for field trips to explore London’s two National Galleries. The National Portrait Gallery spans six centuries of history and tells the story of Britain through portraits of the people who have made a significant contribution to British life. There is some world-famous portraiture on display and the chronological galleries help to illustrate the evolution of the portrait as a medium. An expert from the Gallery will help us to understand the contexts of these fascinating portraits.

Lunch: The Crypt Café in St-Martin-in-the-Fields Church near the National Portrait Gallery.

Afternoon: Next, we will make the very short walk to Britain’s National Gallery. This vast repository of artistic treasures contains classic pieces by artistic luminaries such as Da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Van Gogh. Our Study Leader will provide an introduction, followed by time for your independent exploration. The motorcoach will then return to the hotel.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Royal Academy of Arts, Victoria & Albert Museum
London, England
B,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will board our motorcoach and travel to the Royal Academy of Arts (RA), a unique, privately funded gallery created to promote the appreciation and understanding of art as well as its practice. The RA is led by artists of different backgrounds and perspectives, all committed to art and a belief in the contributions artists make to the world. The vast collection includes a rare work by Michelangelo. All members of the RA donate one of their own works, so that the collection has become a treasure trove of British art.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Our field trip this afternoon is to the extraordinary Victoria and Albert Museum, founded in 1852 and regarded as the world’s leading museum of art and design. Here we’ll explore the collection’s highlights in a visit led by a local expert. The permanent collection of more than 2.3 million objects spans millennia of human creativity in architecture, Asian art and design, book arts, ceramics, fashion, furniture, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture, textiles, theatre and performance.

Dinner: In the hotel, enjoy a plated and served farewell dinner. Share your favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
7
Embark Queen Mary 2
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We'll board the motorcoach for our transfer to Southampton Ocean Terminal. In the early afternoon, we'll 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. Dining aboard the Queen Mary 2, breakfast and lunch are in the venue of your choosing. Traditional afternoon tea is served each day in the Queens Room. Road Scholars are invited to have dinner together in the Britannia Restaurant. Snacks along with juice, tea, coffee, water are available 24 hours a day at the buffet restaurants; and there is 24-hour room service.

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
8
Picasso and Matisse, Shipboard Activities
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Activity note: The extent of your activities during the voyage depends on your personal preferences.

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: In our private lecture room, our Study Leader will begin his onboard lecture series exclusively for our Road Scholar group, providing enlightenment and insights into the world of art. This morning's lecture will focus on the emergence of two great masters: Picasso and Matisse.

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 The Verandah (bookable and 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 ambiance of the many themed bars.

DAY
9
The Arrival of Abstraction, Shipboard Activities
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: We'll continue to learn about the world of art with our Study Leader. In today’s lecture we’ll see how artists pushed the boundaries of art itself with the burgeoning abstraction movement.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Free Time. Weather permitting, you might like to take a leisurely stroll around the Promenade Deck and take in the fresh sea air.

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
10
American Modernism, Shipboard Activities
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Our lecture series continues, focusing this morning on American Modernism.

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
11
The New York School, Shipboard Activities
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: We will gather for another illuminating lecture by our Study Leader, today giving his thoughts on the rise of the New York School.

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
12
The Beat Generation, Shipboard Activities
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Enjoy another colourful lecture with our Study Leader. As the Beat Generation's influence continued into the 1960s, we’ll take a look at the repercussions it had on the art world, including the emergence of Pop Art.

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
13
Modern Developments, Shipboard Activities
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Our Study Leader will deliver the final onboard lecture as we prepare for the sights and sounds of New York City. We’ll round up the series with a discussion of modernism, and how art has changed in the last 30 years.

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 in New York City in the morning.

DAY
14
Disembark Queen Mary 2, Museum of Modern Art
New York City
B
Millennium Hilton New York Downtown

Breakfast: Early in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: We will complete disembarkation procedures and make our way to the motorcoach which will take us to the Museum of Modern Art, better known as MOMA. Styling itself as a place that "fuels creativity, ignites minds and provides inspiration", the gallery houses multiple modern masterpieces, including works by Picasso and Van Gogh.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: After some more time to explore MOMA we'll board the motorcoach and transfer to our hotel. We'll check in and have some time to relax and unpack before dinner.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

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
15
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Free Time
New York City
B
Millennium Hilton New York Downtown

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; walking at your own pace in galleries.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet offers a variety of hot and cold items, as well as juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: In the company of our Study Leader, we will begin our artistic adventure with a motorcoach ride to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the finest art museums in the world. With a permanent collection of more than 2 million works, the museum traces the history of mankind’s artistic endeavors from antiquity to the modern day. The Study Leader will introduce the gallery and some of his favorite works. We’ll then have time to explore independently at our own pace.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Met has several in-house dining options and there are numerous possibilities outside. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Free time for independent exploration of New York galleries.

Dinner: At a local eatery we'll have a 3-course plated and served farewell meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
16
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check out by 11:00 a.m. No transfers are provided in New York.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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