22998
United States/England
Commanding the Ocean: Atlantic Powers on Queen Mary 2
Follow the development of maritime of maritime power and technology, and the challenges of controlling the Atlantic on a journey from New York City to London on QM2.
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Program No. 22998RJ
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13 days
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13 days
12 nights
30 meals
12 B 8 L 10 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
New York City
Millennium Hilton New York Downtown

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

Afternoon: Orientation: 5:00 p.m. 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 program will staffed with both a Group Leader, who will accompany us throughout the program and deal primarily with logistics, and a Study Leader who, unless otherwise specified, will lecture, conduct field trips, and serve as an information resource on program-related topics. Meal Service: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the main restaurants; alternative fine dining options available at additional cost. Water during meals and coffee after meals are complimentary; alcoholic drinks, specialty teas, and coffees available for purchase. Afternoon tea with sandwiches, cakes, and pastries served each day. 24 hour room service. Periods in the daily 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. Following the Orientation session we will have a Welcome Reception with drinks for our Road Scholar group.

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. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
South Street Seaport Museum, Embark Queen Mary 2
At Sea
B,L,D
Queen Mary II

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile throughout the day. Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving approx. 7 miles total.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet offers a variety of hot and cold items such as eggs, breakfast meats, potatoes, tomatoes, mushrooms, cereals, toast, pastries, fruit, cold cuts, cheeses, yogurts, juices, tea, coffee, water.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel and travel by motorcoach to the South Street Seaport Museum, home to a fleet of historic vessels and a treasure-trove of information regarding New York’s crucial role as a port for the New World. We’ll explore the site with our Study Leader before making our way to Brooklyn to board the Queen Mary 2. We will rendezvous at an agreed upon time and place the Group Leader will announce. We will then depart for the pier, complete embarkation procedures, and board the Queen Mary 2.

Lunch: You may wish to take lunch aboard the Queen Mary 2.

Afternoon: After completing boarding procedures and getting your cabin, take some time to freshen up and begin to familiarize yourself with the ship. We will participate with the rest of the passengers in the required Safety Drill before departure, so please listen for the announcement.

Dinner: In the Britannia Restaurant at 6:00 p.m., with choices of appetizers and soups, salads, entrées, and desserts; water during dinner and coffee after dinner are included, other beverages available for purchase. Revel in the sumptuous surroundings as you make a dramatic entrance down the grand staircase.

Evening: At leisure. You might like to see a show in the ballroom, watch a movie in the theatre, have a beverage and a chat in one of the bars, or find a book in the library — one of the best shipboard libraries available — and curl up in that perfect reading chair. The choice is yours.

DAY
3
Humankind & The Sea
At Sea
B,L,D
Queen Mary II

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing. The Britannia Restaurant offers choices such as fresh fruit and compote, a variety of breakfast entrées, pancakes and waffles, hot and cold cereals, cold cuts and cheese, yoghurts, a variety of baked goods, juices, coffee, tea, water. Or try the King’s Court casual breakfast on Deck 7. Or relax with breakfast in your room as you watch the televised descriptions of the day’s on-board activities.

Morning: We’ll gather with our Study Leader for our first in a series of on-board lectures. In this introduction to all things maritime, we’ll discuss humanity’s burgeoning relationship with the seas that stretch across our globe and how we became a seafaring, as opposed to a sea-fearing, species.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing. The Britannia Restaurant offers appetizers and soups, salads and sandwiches, main dish entrées, and desserts. The Kings Court has buffet dining, while the Boardwalk Café (weather permitting) has light lunch choices.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for 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. You’ll have a variety of shipboard enrichment activities from which to choose. You might like to take a class such as watercolor painting or ballroom dancing, enjoy one of the ship's swimming pools, take a brisk walk around the decks, or continue reading that book. The history of the Cunard Line is displayed in an exhibition running through the halls of the ship.

Dinner: In the 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
4
The Mutiny on the Bounty, Shipboard Activities
At Sea
B,L,D
Queen Mary II

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Our lecture this morning will look at the Mutiny on the Bounty, a strange case with even stranger consequences. On an agricultural mission in the south Pacific in the late 18th century, the HMS Bounty of the British Royal Navy enjoyed a lengthy layover on Tahiti. The crew became quite comfortable while there and, when the time came to set sail, many of the crew did so reluctantly only to eventually seize the ship from the captain’s command, sending him and his loyalists adrift in a small boat. The ensuing tale, which was adapted for multiple films, is one of impressive seamanship, justice, and adventure.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Free time. Enjoy the variety of shipboard enrichment activities. Weather permitting, you might like to take a leisurely stroll around the Promenade Deck and take in the fresh sea air.

Dinner: In the Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Choose from several kinds of evening entertainment featuring dancing, music, and more.

DAY
5
Slavery, Shipping & Seafarers
At Sea
B,L,D
Queen Mary II

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Gathering in our lecture room, we’ll explore foundations of slavery, the evolution of this appalling trade, its eventual abolition, and its effects not only upon its countless victims, but on seafarers themselves.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Free time. Take advantage of the many educational, social, and physical activities available on board, or simply relax in one of the deck chairs with a view of the Atlantic, glistening when the sun shines.

Dinner: In the 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
The Birth & Rise of the US Navy
At Sea
B,L,D
Queen Mary II

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Joining our Study Leader, today’s illuminating lecture will focus on the formation and expansion of the US Navy from a small fleet of sailing ships to a dominating force spanning the seven seas.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Free Time. You might grab a ticket for the planetarium show, polish your bridge skills during a tournament, or perhaps retreat to the spa for a massage.

Dinner: In the Britannia Restaurant.

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

DAY
7
Naval Mastery from the 18th Century to World War II
At Sea
B,L,D
Queen Mary II

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: In another lively discussion this morning, our Study Leader will take us through a potted history of naval accomplishments from the 18th Century to World War II. From the burgeoning forces of the Revolutionary War to the floating cities of World War II, we will examine the technologies and strategies that changed the world.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Free Time. When not performing, members of the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts give you the opportunity to flex your acting muscles at daily workshops.

Dinner: In the Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. From insight and enrichment to sports and fitness, music and theatre, pub entertainment, relaxation and leisure, there is more to do aboard the QM2 than hours in the day.

DAY
8
Final Onboard Lecture, Journeys to Paradise: Pacific Ocean
At Sea
B,L,D
Queen Mary II

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: In our final on-board lecture, we’ll discuss the initial explorations of the Pacific Ocean, its opening of valuable trade routes, the increasing breadth of naval power and the process of making the world a seemingly ever-smaller place.

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: In the Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy your last evening onboard and prepare for docking at the cruise terminal in Southampton in the morning, followed by disembarkation and transfer.

DAY
9
Disembarkation, Historic Dockyards, Transfer to London
London, England
B,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Drive to Portsmouth is about 22 miles (35 km); approx. 1/2 hour. Drive to London is approx. 70 miles (112 km); about 3 hours. Walking about 2 miles during group activities, more dependent on personal preference. Some areas of naval base may be difficult for visitors who use wheelchairs, have restricted mobility, or who are visually impaired. Several flights of steep steps and gangways. The Museum is accessible throughout and has a visitor lift.

Breakfast: Early in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: We will complete disembarkation procedures and make our way to the motorcoach for the short drive to Portsmouth and the Royal Historic Dockyard for a field trip led by our Study Leader and an on-site expert. A sprawling tribute to Britain’s Navy, the dockyards contain a selection of museums and historic ships. The most famous of these is the HMS Victory, first launched in 1765 and the oldest commissioned warship in the world, this was the flagship of one of England’s greatest naval heroes, Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson, and was this ship on which he succumbed to a bullet wound during the Battle of Trafalgar.

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 make recommendations and give directions, and the Royal Historic Dockyards has a number of eateries.

Afternoon: Following our exploration of the dockyard, we’ll make the 70 mile journey to the London hotel for check-in. We’ll have time to unpack, relax and freshen up before dinner.

Dinner: In the hotel, we’ll have a 3-course plated and served dinner including coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Historic Dockyard Chatham
London, England
B,L
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Activity note: Driving to Chatham is about 32 miles (51 km); approx. 1.5 hours. Walking approximately 2 miles during group activities, more dependent on personal preference. The HMS Cavalier and the submarine, Ocelot, both have restricted access for visitors with mobility difficulties. Alternative virtual video explorations are available.

Breakfast: In the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, breakfast meats and potatoes, mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans, cereals, pastries, toast, jams and marmalade, juices, milk, tea, coffee, water.

Morning: Setting out via motorcoach, we’ll travel to Chatham, home of the Historic Dockyard. From the Spanish Armada to the Falklands War, the Dockyard has played an integral part in maintaining Britain’s command of the world’s oceans. Set over 80 acres with over 100 historic buildings and structures, we’ll enjoy an expert-led field trip of the site, after which you will be able to explore specific areas of interest on your own. The site includes three historic warships that have been preserved in their original form, a reconstruction of the working life of the Dockyard, a functioning submarine and much, much more.

Lunch: At the restaurant in Chatham Historic Dockyard, we’ll have plated and served meals with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Our exploration of the Dockyard will continue before returning to the hotel in the mid-afternoon.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
HMS Belfast & Imperial War Museum
London, England
B,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Activity note: Walking about 2 – 3 miles total throughout the day. The HMS Belfast requires climbing up and down ladders to access all 9 decks. There is wheelchair access to the main deck of HMS Belfast but there is no access below deck due to the nature of the ship.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After proceeding to the River Thames close to the Tower of London via motorcoach, we’ll see where the World War II and Korean War cruiser, the HMS Belfast, is moored. After an onboard inspection of this veteran vessel led by an on-site expert and our Study Leader, we’ll transfer to the Imperial War Museum.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like. The Imperial War Museum has on-site eateries.

Afternoon: Fronted by an imposing and iconic pair of naval guns, the Imperial War Museum is a perfect opportunity to view naval, air and military exhibits. Particularly notable are the acclaimed World War I galleries. We’ll take some time to explore these various installations independently. We’ll then return to the hotel.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Maritime Greenwich, Thames River
London, England
B,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a boat. Extensive walking dependent on personal preference at Greenwich; up to 4 miles. The National Maritime Museum is fully accessible for all mobility levels with a steep incline to access the Royal Observatory.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: For a very special experience today, we’ll take a trip by boat down the winding waters of the Thames River through London to Maritime Greenwich. Passing under Tower Bridge, we’ll be able to view the redeveloped dockland area, as well as the iconic financial center at Canary Wharf. Greenwich itself offers an astonishing collection of maritime attractions and, upon arrival, the exploration itself will begin with an expert-led walk of the Old Royal Naval College site, the Chapel, and the Painted Hall. We’ll then visit the Royal Observatory, the Greenwich Meridian, the National Maritime Museum, the Queen’s House Gallery, and the 1869 Cutty Sark – a copper-bottomed clipper that gleams in her renovated graving dock.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like in Greenwich. There is a café and a restaurant at the National Maritime Museum.

Afternoon: Our full-day exploration of the fascinating site at Greenwich will continue before returning to the hotel by motorcoach.

Dinner: In the hotel, we’ll enjoy a farewell 3-course dinner with tea, coffee, water; other beverages available for purchase. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
13
Program Concludes
London, England
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet, depending on departure times. This concludes our program.

Morning: 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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