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World Academy on Queen Mary 2: Australia, South Africa & Beyond

Program No. 22978RJ
On an epic voyage onboard the legendary Queen Mary 2, explore 20 countries on four continents with our experts, on what is undoubtedly the learning adventure of a lifetime!
Length
113 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
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39,999
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A cabin with no window, porthole or balcony.

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A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.

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A cabin featuring a verandah, or balcony, that allows you to step outside without going to a public deck.

Jan 8 - Apr 29, 2024
Ship Inside 39,999
Ship Outside 45,999
Ship Balcony 48,999
Special Offer

Enroll by Mar. 31, 2023 and receive free round-trip airfare from select cities! Ask about low-cost airfare from other cities.

DATES & PRICES

Ship Inside Ship Out Ship Balc
Accommodation Details

A cabin with no window, porthole or balcony.

Accommodation Details

A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.

Accommodation Details

A cabin featuring a verandah, or balcony, that allows you to step outside without going to a public deck.

Jan 8 - Apr 29, 2024
Ship Inside 52,999
Ship Outside 62,999
Ship Balcony 67,999
Special Offer

Enroll by Mar. 31, 2023 and receive free round-trip airfare from select cities! Ask about low-cost airfare from other cities.

At a Glance

Are you ready for the voyage of a lifetime? Join us for a 112-night adventure that begins with two nights in London and continues onboard the incredible Queen Mary 2 for a 108-night voyage that leads through Western Europe, South Africa, Australia, Southeast Asia and the Arabian Peninsula. You’ll explore 20 countries on four continents, learn about numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites and even sail through the Suez Canal. Time at sea allows you access to our expert instructors who will lead lectures and discussions exclusive for Road Scholars. There’s no end to what you’ll discover and the friendships you’ll make during this epic voyage!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 2 miles per day over various types of terrain.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Begin your learning adventure with two nights in London, with field trips to St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.
  • Delight in a memorable voyage through the Suez Canal, as you journey from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean.
  • Go on a one-day safari in South Africa, experience the desert city of Dubai, marvel at the biodiversity of the island of Mauritius and much more!
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Brian Carwana
Brian Carwana left a business career to follow his passion for world religious and spiritual traditions. He earned a master's in religion and culture, a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and is now Executive Director of Encounter World Religions Centre, an educational organization promoting religious literacy and informed understanding of cultural diversity. Brian acquired a practical education in religious traditions by listening to religious leaders, visiting houses of worship and observing services.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Brian Carwana left a business career to follow his passion for world religious and spiritual traditions. He earned a master's in religion and culture, a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and is now Executive Director of Encounter World Religions Centre, an educational organization promoting religious literacy and informed understanding of cultural diversity. Brian acquired a practical education in religious traditions by listening to religious leaders, visiting houses of worship and observing services.
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Giles Ramsay is an independent theater director and producer who specializes in creating new work with artists in developing countries. He is the founding director of the charity Developing Artists, a fellow of St. Chad’s College, Durham University. and course leader in theater at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He has devised and instructed on Road Scholar programs since the early 1990s and has run theater projects in countries ranging from Kosovo to Zimbabwe.
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Kevin Durjun has conducted Road Scholar Online Adventures in murder mystery, monarchy, theatre, and Edinburgh. He has a degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Sussex and was the CEO of the British Acupuncture Council. A registered acupuncturist himself, Kevin advises numerous Chinese Medicine organizations. He hosts the weekly radio show “Acupuncture Point” for UK Health Radio and recently published “Delicious Mauritius Tastes and Tales from My Mother’s Kitchen,” a cookery book inspired by the beautiful island of Mauritius.
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Jill Rosenfield lives in Jerusalem and works full time as an Israeli official guide and Road Scholar group leader. For the past 25 years, she has lead a wide variety of groups. She loves introducing the historical, cultural, and culinary wonders of Israel. Jill grew up in Rhodesia, Zimbabwe, before moving to South Africa to finish her schooling and university. After graduating, she emigrated to Israel and worked for many years as a special education teacher, then changed careers and became a licensed Israeli guide.
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Dr. Ngaire (NY-ree) Douglas is a retired senior university professor. She is published widely on Pacific studies, history, and cruise ship management. Since 2006, she has worked with Australian Business Volunteers, a government-funded organization placing short term expertise into projects in developing countries. Her contribution is in university locations across Southeast Asia, training academics in the development of education materials and improving teaching skills. Ngaire is passionate about food, wine, travel, and sharing Australia and New Zealand with Road Scholars.
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Russell Gammon traces his ancestry in Zimbabwe back three generations. A professional exploration leader for more than 30 years, he has led canoeing and walking safaris throughout southern Africa. Since moving to Victoria Falls many years ago, Russell developed his talent as a raconteur and is now recognized as a Master Story Teller who shares his tales with great passion and enthusiasm. He has made a detailed study of the life of David Livingstone, who is a distant relative by marriage.
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Teresa de la Vega studied history and geography at Complutense University of Madrid and has received degrees in American anthropology, ancient history, and art history. She has taught courses in art history throughout her career.
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Anthony Zola is an independent researcher based in Thailand who is focused on social, economic, and environmental issues in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. He earned a B.A. in international affairs from George Washington University, and an M.A. in economics from Syracuse University. Since serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand 1970-72, he has lived and worked extensively in Thailand and Laos. Currently, he is auditing social safeguards and advising on rural livelihood restoration for people affected by large infrastructure projects in Laos.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Travel Book, A Journey Through Every Country in the World
by Lonely Planet Publications
Bigger and better than ever (the third edition of the best-selling original), we can't keep our hands off this celebration of the world. Each country, no matter how big or small, gets a colorful double-page spread in this glossy A-to-Z of travel from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
King Rat
by James Clavell
The first in Clavell's acclaimed Asia series, this book describes the life of a POW in Japanese-occupied Singapore during World War II, richly evocative of its setting
The Eaves of Heaven, A Life in Three Wars
by Andrew X. Pham
Pham recounts the story of his father's life during the French occupation, Japanese invasion and the American War, weaving such momentous events with anecdotes from his childhood and details of family, friends, food and daily life.
A History of the Arab Peoples
by Albert Hourani
Called a landmark, masterpiece and essential to understanding the Middle East, Hourani's acclaimed chronicle of the political, spiritual, religious and cultural traditions of the Arab peoples is brought up to date with an afterword by noted Islamic scholar Malise Ruthven.
Elephant Complex, Travels in Sri Lanka
by John Gimlette
This exuberant travelogue by an award-winning writer takes stock of Sri Lanka, from the capital city of Colombo through the remotest interior. Gimlette mixes his narrative with colonial history and plenty of lucid observations.
Running in the Family
by Michael Ondaatje
Award-winning author Ondaatje returns to his native Sri Lanka in this hypnotic travelogue. His lovingly traced family memoirs are interspersed with poetry and ruminations on the island's post-colonial history.
In a Sunburned Country
by Bill Bryson
The intrepid, ever-resourceful Bryson revels in Australia's eccentric characters, dangerous flora and fauna and other oddities in this wildly funny, effortlessly informative travelogue.
Evening Is the Whole Day
by Preeta Samarasan
Set in post-colonial Malaysia, this richly textured debut novel depicts the unraveling of a wealthy family and the six-year-old daughter left reeling from losses and departures. Samarasan's unflinching yet tender examination of one immigrant family's experience exposes the complexities and layered history of Malaysia itself.
True History of the Kelly Gang
by Peter Carey
Carey's powerful, daring novel, steeped in the colonial history of late 19th-century Australia, won him a second Booker (the first was for Oscar & Lucinda). Outlaw, folk hero, thief and patriot, the Irish immigrant Ned Kelly and his clan figure large in the Australian mindset.
Tracks, A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback
by Robyn Davidson
The true story of a woman's trek across the Australian Outback -- an adventurous tale shot through with a feel for the landscape and empathy for the Aborigines she meets along the way. Has also been made into a movie.
Chasing Kangaroo
by Tim Flannery
In this ode to the kangaroo, Flannery weaves his own coming of age as a scientist with tales of the strange marsupial, past and present.
Hong Kong
by Jan Morris
A wonderful portrait of Hong Kong by one of our favorite travel writers. Morris enumerates the many personal pleasures of the city, deftly interweaving reportage, history and culture.
City of Gold, Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism
by Jim Krane
This close-up portrait of Dubai by an award-winning journalist describes how the city transformed from a little-known village in 1960 to the cutting-edge capitalist metropolis and tourist haven it is today.
The Safari Companion
by Richard Estes
An invaluable encyclopedic guide to Africa's mammals by a noted scientist, this perennial bestseller includes black-and-white drawings, an overview of each animal group and in-depth information. Written with the typical safari-goer in mind.
Long Walk to Freedom
by Nelson Mandela
An unpretentious tale of an extraordinary life, Mandela's autobiography is essential reading for an understanding of South Africa. His grace and his love for his country shine throughout.
From Gods to Bad Boys: A History of Theatre in Twelve Lives
by Giles Ramsay
From Gods to Bad Boys examines the history of theatre from cave paintings to the swinging-sixties through the lives of some of its leading practitioners. Putting plays into their historical context, Giles Ramsay looks at lives of playwrights such as Aeschylus, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Behn, Wilde, Rattigan and Orton. The worlds they lived in are reflected in the plays they wrote.
Ghosts of Spain
by Giles Tremlett
Tremlett captures the Spanish character, history and modern politics in this masterful portrait, interweaving the story of his love for the country (where he has lived for 20 years) with interviews, anecdotes and observation.
Wildlife of Southern Africa
by Martin B. Withers
This Princeton Pocket Guide, featuring 400 color photographs by Withers and co-author David Hosking, covers all the birds, mammals, lizards and insects you are likely to encounter.
Australia, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Robert Ross
Arranged geographically, this collection of works by mostly local writers, including Patrick White, Peter Carey and other luminaries, introduces the cultures, geography and mindset of Australia.
Parting the Desert
by Zachary Karabell
A compelling account of the politics, intrigue and engineering challenges of the Suez Canal. It's in part a portrait of Franco-Egyptian relations and the making of the modern Middle East. The Canal was inaugurated to great fanfare on November 17, 1869.
Wildlife of Australia
by Iain Campbell, Sam Woods
This compact photo guide covers commonly encountered birds, mammals, reptiles and frogs across Australia, including 350 species of birds.
Journey to Mauritius
by Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Jason Wilson (Translator)
A lyrical account of colonial society, daily life and nature in Mauritius, newly translated and with an introduction by Jason Wilson.
The Fortunes of Africa, A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavor
by Martin Meredith
Covering the epic story of colonialism in Africa, Meredith’s magisterial history depicts empire-hungry kings, missionaries, tribal warlords, mining barons -- even modern multinational corporations. An expansive but entertaining read.





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