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David Bowie, Walt Disney and Elizabeth Taylor were regulars on Cunard Line which celebrates its 178th year of sailing the Atlantic today
David Bowie on the bridge of the QE 2 sailing into New York.

David Bowie, Walt Disney and Elizabeth Taylor were regulars on Cunard Line which celebrates its 178th year of sailing the Atlantic today

 

Cunard’s current success rests upon a rich heritage of 178 years of building and operating ocean liners on transatlantic voyages.

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Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr; Walt Disney and Family; Gary Grant; Elizabeth Taylor.

  • From its earliest days, the Cunard name has been synonymous with leadership in ocean liners and transatlantic travel, a tradition that continues to this day.
  • Hundreds of stars, celebrities, world figures, and royalty sailed on their ships.
  • The QE 2 made numerous crossings into the 21st Century – making Cunard Line the only way to cross the pond and continuing the tradition of “getting there is half the fun.”
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Ginger Rogers, James Mason and his wife, Greta Garbo, Lana Turner.

As for the personalities that selected to travel on Cunard boats throughout its history, the list is long.

Some highlights:

David Bowie sailed on Queen Elizabeth 2 a number of times. He had a fear of flying, who doesn’t today, and enjoyed the relaxing days at sea.

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Grace Kelly and family; Marlena Dietrich; Jackie Kennedy; Katherine Hepburn.

The Beatles were Cunard Line regulars aboard Queen Elizabeth 2. Ringo Starr and George Harrison enjoyed the restful days at sea.

In 1950 Elizabeth Taylor embarked on the RMS Queen Elizabeth and surprised the passengers playing cards until the early hours of the morning. She traveled regularly in Cunard with her husband producer Mike Todd before her death.

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David Nevin and his wife; Bing Crosby; Gary Cooper and his family; Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd.

On January 15, 1953, Winston Churchill traveled aboard the Queen Mary to visit President Eisenhower.

Peter Sellers joined up with Ringo Starr on the same trans-Atlantic sailing from Southampton to New York on Queen Elizabeth 2. Both wanted Ocean breezes instead of crowded airplanes.

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Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel; Rita Hayworth; Nelson Mandela and his wife; Winston Churchill

James Mason, Peter Sellers co-star in Lolita, sailed just after the war onboard the RMS Queen Elizabeth with his wife, Pamela. It was the dead of winter in 1946 and Mason, the idol of British filmgoers, was on his way to Hollywood.

The unforgettable star of Gone with the Wind, Clark Gable embarked on the Queen Mary on July 9, 1948.

Actress Dorothy Lamour refused to travel unless she could secure her favorite stateroom on the right deck.

On her honeymoon aboard the RMS Mauritania, movie star Lana Turner ordered raw minced meat with raw eggs beaten on it for breakfast, watered by the champagne, of course.

Actor Cary Grant proposed to one of his five wives aboard the RMS Queen Mary.

Marlene Dietrich followed the advice of her friend Noel Coward “Always look loved … always be seen” but once on board, she could only be seen entering the luxurious dining room to create a great effect of cinematic, cinematic taste.

A shy Greta Garbo traveled incognito and disembarked disguised as a stewardess, while Bing Crosby took refuge in the dark room, where he conversed with the photographers.

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Luxury onboard Cunard Line ships.

The comedians Abbott and Costello were passengers on the RMS Queen Mary when they changed their baseball gags to football jokes for the British public.

James Cagney, Laurel and Hardy, rock and roll singer Bill Hayley and Gary Cooper were passengers who traveled to Europe in Cunard to rest.

The actor David Niven was a devotee of the Queen Mary where he entertained the other passengers with stories of his life in Hollywood.

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Sailing on the RMS Queen Mary – Getting there is half the fun.

The Shah of Persia became synonymous with wealth and a life of luxury and caused a stir among the passengers of Cunard when he traveled on the Queen Mary with his second wife, Empress Soraya, the extension and the exquisite quality of her wardrobe caused a sensation. They changed clothes several times a day, never wore the same clothes twice and their entrance to the dining room was the event of the day on board.

Singer Paul Robeson, the wife of former US President John F. Kennedy Jacqueline Onassis and comedian Bob Hope, who regularly practiced his golf swing on the top decks of the RMS Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth 2, are just a few. the other celebrities who opted for sailing trans-Atlantic on the Cunard Line.

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