24045
United States/England

International Conflicts & Current Affairs: A QM2 Voyage

Delve into international security and today’s politics as you learn from an international relations expert during onboard lectures and on field trips to government buildings.
Program No. 24045RJ
Length
13 days
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13 days
12 nights
30 meals
11 B 9 L 10 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
New York City
D
Millennium Hilton New York Downtown

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

Afternoon: 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. 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. This program is staffed with both a Group Leader, who will accompany us throughout the program and deal primarily with logistics, and a Study Leader — Dr. Philip Cunliffe, Senior Lecturer in International Conflict at the University of Kent — who will lecture, conduct field trips, and serve as an information resource on program-related topics. 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
2
United Nations Headquarters, Embark Ship
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 15 miles, approximately 1.5 hours.

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: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll board a motorcoach and ride to the United Nations Headquarters complex on the East River for a docent-led field trip. We’ll gain a greater understanding of the history and operational realities of the UN’s mission as we explore key locations including the General Assembly Hall and the Security Council Chamber. After our field trip, we’ll board the motorcoach and ride to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal where we’ll complete embarkation procedures and board the ship.

Lunch: Aboard the Queen Mary 2, we’ll have a late lunch. 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. 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.

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
3
At Sea, The Future of International Order, 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, our Study Leader will begin our onboard lecture series exclusively for our Road Scholar group, providing enlightenment and insights into international issues. This morning’s introductory lecture will focus on the future of international order.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing: the various King’s Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, a light lunch in the Boardwalk Café (weather permitting), or The Verandah (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 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
4
At Sea, Domestic and International Order, Free Time
At Sea
L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

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

Morning: We’ll continue our exploration of international affairs with our Study Leader. In today’s lecture we’ll consider the nature of political order, and the complex relationships between domestic and international order.

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
5
At Sea, The Collapse of Inter-War Order, 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 themes of utopianism and realism as we examine the collapse of order in the 1919-1939 interbellum period.

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
6
At Sea, Wartime and Post-War Order, 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 our Study Leader, on wartime order, post-war order, and the differences and transitions between them.

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
7
At Sea, Organizing 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 lecture with our Study Leader, examining international efforts to organize the world from the League of Nations to the United Nations.

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
8
At Sea, Final Onboard Lecture, 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 Study Leader’s onboard series will conclude with a lecture considering recent developments in international relations.

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 Southampton in the morning.

DAY
9
Disembark Ship, Transfer to London, HQs on the Thames
London, England
B,L,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 85 miles, approximately 3 hours.

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: We will complete disembarkation procedures in Southampton, then board a motorcoach for our transfer to London.

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: As we complete our transfer to the hotel in London, we’ll take a panoramic route passing significant sites including the Houses of Parliament and the headquarters buildings of the UK’s intelligence services, MI5 and MI6. Our Study Leader will provide commentary aboard the motorcoach explaining the history and roles of these institutions. Upon arrival at the hotel, we’ll check in with some time to relax and unpack before dinner.

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.

DAY
10
RUSI Think Tank, Whitehall
London, England
B,L
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 2 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking about 2 miles, periods of standing; paved streets, some cobbled areas.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, bacon, sausages, hash browns, mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans, cereals, pastries, toast, jams and marmalade, juices, milk, tea, coffee, water.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach and ride to the Whitehall headquarters of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), the world’s oldest defense and security think tank. Since its establishment by the 1st Duke of Wellington in 1831, RUSI has grown from a military research museum into one of the world’s foremost research institutions focused on matters of international security. We’ll attend in-depth talks at RUSI exploring significant current events and enduring themes, delivered by experts at the forefront of international research. Our program was planned far in advance when details of topics were not available. When confirmed, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.

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: After lunch we’ll set out 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.

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.

DAY
11
Churchill War Rooms, Free Time
London, England
B
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 2 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking about 1 mile, periods of standing; paved streets, some 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 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: 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.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Houses of Parliament, Free Time
London, England
B,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 2 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking about 2 miles, periods of standing; paved streets, some 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 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: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time to continue your independent exploration. We’ll regroup at the hotel before dinner.

Dinner: At a local restaurant we’ll have a 3-course plated and served farewell meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

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

DAY
13
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. 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. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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