24005
England/United States

Ambassadors Aboard: Global Diplomacy on QM2

Join two retired U.S. Ambassadors as you explore London and Oxford for an in-depth look at the UK’s government, and enjoy exclusive lectures and discussions aboard the elegant QM2.
Program No. 24005RJ
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14 days
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14 days
13 nights
31 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive London, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
In Flight
D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

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

Afternoon: After checking in to the hotel, we’ll have some time to relax and settle in to our rooms 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. 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. Please note that 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 operators reserve the right to change the itinerary and the content of field trips and excursions if/as needed due to local circumstances. This program is staffed with both a Group Leader, who will accompany us throughout the program and deal primarily with logistics, and two Study Leaders, Ambassador Richard E Hoagland and Ambassador Robert E Whitehead, who will lecture and serve as an information resource on program-related topic. At various points during the program we will be joined by local experts, who will conduct field trips. 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 meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

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
3
Houses of Parliament, Americans in Mayfair
London, England
B
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 7 miles, approximately 1.5 hours. Walking about 2 miles, periods of standing. Paved streets and paths, some cobbled areas.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers a variety of choices such as eggs, bacon, sausages, hash brown, tomatoes, mushrooms, make-your-own muesli, cereals, pastries, toast, milk, fruit juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach and ride south for a docent-led field trip to the Palace of Westminster. This iconic mid-19th century Gothic Revival building is better known as the Houses of Parliament, as it is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords which together comprise the UK’s Parliament. As we explore its halls and chambers we’ll learn about the intricacies of British parliamentary democracy, the relationship between Parliament and the monarchy, and the history of the building and the institution.

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: We will continue by motorcoach to Grosvenor Square in Mayfair, where the American Embassy stood until 2018. We’ll then take a walk with our local expert in the footsteps of Americans in the Second World War. Exemplifying the “Special Relationship” between the UK and the U.S., we will see statues of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who set up his military headquarters here, earning it the nickname Eisenhower Platz. We will also see the September 11 Memorial Garden. We’ll return to the hotel by motorcoach after our field trips.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Churchill War Rooms, Whitehall
London, England
B,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 5 miles, approximately 1.5 hours. Walking about 2 miles, periods of standing. Paved streets and paths, some cobbled areas.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach and ride to Westminster for a docent-led field trip to the Churchill War Rooms. It was here that Churchill’s government sheltered during the worst of the bombing during the Second World War, and the conditions of the time are faithfully recreated in this subterranean maze. The facility also houses the Churchill Museum, which brings to life the exciting story of Churchill’s life – from his childhood to his “finest hour”.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: We’ll regroup at Parliament Square after lunch for an educational walk along Whitehall. This monumental street is the location of many government offices, and its name has become synonymous with the British government and civil service. With commentary from a local expert, we will see the Treasury, the Foreign and Commonwealth Offices, the Cenotaph memorial to the war dead, Downing Street (the gated street on which the homes of the Prime Minister and other high-level Members of Parliament are located), the Cabinet Office, and the Ministry of Defence. After our field trip, we’ll board a motorcoach and ride to our dinner venue.

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: After returning to the hotel by motorcoach, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
5
Oxford, Christ Church
London, England
B,L
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 110 miles, approximately 3.5 hours. Walking about 2.5 miles, periods of standing. Paved streets and paths, some cobbled areas, grassy areas; steps to some areas at Christ Church.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach for a full-day field trip to Oxford, the “city of dreaming spires” that is home to the oldest university in the UK. Since its pioneering introduction of interdisciplinary degrees in philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) in the 1920s Oxford University has launched the careers of a great many political leaders, both British and international. Twenty-eight UK Prime Ministers (including 11 of the 15 who have served since the Second World War) studied there, and other alumni who have held high political office include Bill Clinton, Benazir Bhutto, Tony Abbott and Indira Gandhi. We’ll begin our field trip to Oxford with a walk through the city’s historic center, led by a local expert who will provide informative commentary explaining the significance of university buildings including the Sheldonian Theatre, the Divinity School, and the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera.

Lunch: At a local restaurant we’ll have a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll explore Oxford’s academic life and history in greater depth as we continue our field trip at Christ Church, one of the largest and wealthiest of Oxford’s 39 colleges, founded by King Henry VIII in 1546. Henry’s Lord Chancellor Thomas Wolsey planned the impressive Great Quadrangle, the Tudor Kitchen and the Great Hall. Christ Church is, uniquely, the Cathedral seat of Oxford and occupies a 150-acre site in the center of the city. This includes the Meadow, a tranquil area of pasture bounded by the Rivers Isis and Cherwell. We’ll learn more about collegiate life at this ancient institution as a Custodian leads us through its splendid buildings and grounds. We’ll return to the hotel in London by motorcoach after our field trip.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Mayflower Heritage Trail, Free Time
London, England
B,L,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 12 miles, approximately 1.5 hours. Walking about 2 miles, periods of standing. Paved streets and paths, many cobbled areas. Extent of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We'll board a motorcoach and ride south of the river to Rotherhithe, where a local expert will lead us on a walk along the Mayflower Heritage Trail. We'll follow the trail along the section of river from where in July 1620 the Mayflower set sail from London to Southampton. The name Rotherhithe has its origins in a Saxon term meaning "mariners' landing place," reflecting the long-standing association of this area with seafaring. The ship's Master and part-owner Christopher Jones lived in Rotherhithe with his family before the historic voyage, and returned there with the Mayflower in 1621.

Lunch: We'll have a 2-course served lunch in the historic Mayflower Inn, the oldest pub on the River Thames, with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free time. This block of time has been set aside for your 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. The motorcoach will return to the hotel after lunch, for those of us who wish to begin independent exploration at the hotel.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer tomorrow.

DAY
7
Transfer to Southampton, Embark Ship
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 90 miles, approximately 3 hours. Waiting in line to embark ship.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll board a motorcoach to begin our transfer to the ship in port at Southampton.

Lunch: At a local restaurant en route we’ll have a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll board the motorcoach to complete our transfer to Southampton. Upon arrival, we’ll complete embarkation procedures and board the Queen Mary 2. Take some time to settle in and begin to familiarize yourself with the ship. When the mandatory Safety Drill is announced, we will join everyone on board in participating, so please listen for the announcement.

Dinner: In the Britannia Restaurant, choose from the extensive menu offering multiple choices 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. 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.

Evening: At leisure. The Queen Mary 2 is a floating city. The available 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 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
At Sea, Ambassadorial Career Path, Free Time
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Activity note: Extent of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

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 stateroom as you watch the televised descriptions of the day’s activities aboard ship.

Morning: In our private lecture room, the Ambassadors will begin our onboard lecture series exclusively for our Road Scholar group, providing enlightenment and insights into the ambassadorial career path.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing.

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 possibilities.

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
At Sea, Embassies, Free Time
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Activity note: Extent of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: We’ll continue our exploration of international diplomacy with the Ambassadors. In today’s lecture we’ll consider the roles and operational realities of embassies.

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
At Sea, International Diplomacy, Free Time
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Activity note: Extent of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Our lecture series will continue, focusing this morning on diplomacy in the former Soviet Union, central Asia and Africa.

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
At Sea, The State of the World, Free Time
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Activity note: Extent of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: We will gather for another illuminating lecture by the Ambassadors, on the state of the world today.

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
At Sea, Stories from the Frontlines, Free Time
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Activity note: Extent of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: We will gather for another fascinating lecture by the Ambassadors, presenting stories from the frontlines of ambassadorial work.

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
At Sea, Open Forum, Free Time
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Activity note: Extent of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: The Ambassadors’ onboard series will conclude with an open forum, for further questions relating to earlier lectures and topics of interest that have not yet been raised.

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 our last evening onboard and prepare for disembarkation in New York City in the morning.

DAY
14
Disembark Ship, Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Disembarkation is scheduled to take place between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Early in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: We'll complete disembarkation procedures at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. 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. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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