a year ago
This was my first Road Scholar adventure, and what an adventure it was! The experience of sailing across the "pond" (Atlantic Ocean) on the QM2 was fabulous - also a first for me. Spencer Jones was an engaging, dynamic and fascinating lecturer on Winston Churchill. The learning experience continued with Ruth as our Churchill tour guide in England. Ruth was a font of information, and a warm and welcoming person. (This was my first trip to London and to England.) Seeing the places Churchill lived, worked and cherished made him and his place in history all the more real.
Our group leader, Jenny Cordon, was a marvel. She kept us moving, kept us on task, and kept us together - all 32 of us. She herded and managed us so very well. Jenny is also a delightful person. She gets the highest of high marks from me as a group leader.
All of the accommodations arranged by Road Scholar were stellar. The Millenium Hilton in New York, the staterooms aboard the QM2, and The Tower (Gouman) in London, were as near perfect as accommodations can be. The locations of the two hotels were perfect for additional days/nights in each city, of which I and my traveling friend took advantage.
The overall Road Scholar experience was superb, and I will highly recommend Road Scholar to my friends.
Nevertheless, I do have a couple of criticisms: 1) I was told by RS (when my luggage tag was sealed shut) that my group leader would have extra RS luggage tags for us at our initial group meeting. She was not provided with these by RS, and therefore, I did not have RS luggage tags. 2) Pauline Lyttle, my traveling companion, accessed her Road Scholar account online for only about a week. After that she was never able to access the account again. I was able to access my account, and, therefore, able to provide her with information. We tried numerous times, in online chats and in telephone calls, to remedy this. It didn't work. However, all of the individuals we worked with on this trip were wonderful.