- British pop legend, David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), who starred in the film The Man Who Fell to Earth, had a long-standing fear of flying.
- Bowie sailed aboard Cunard’s QE 2, the Italian Line’s Leonardo da Vinci and P&O-Orient Line’s Oronsay.
- So while other superstars would take the Concorde or private jets to cross the Atlantic, Bowie spent a leisurely five days on board trans-Atlantic liners such as Cunard Line’s QE2 and the Italian Line’s Leonardo da Vinci. He sailed from Los Angeles to Japan aboard the Orient Line’s Oronsay.
His spokesman said: “David is a lot better at flying these days and travels by plane when he has to. But sometimes he’s in no rush so he decides to take a leisurely cruise across the Atlantic. He enjoyed the trip and has had a relaxing break before he gets down to promoting his new album.”
- The last time Bowie travelled on the QE2 was over 30 years ago when he sailed from London to New York to unveil his Ziggy Stardust character to American fans.
David Bowie on the bridge aboard Cunard Line’s QE 2.