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David Bowie, with a fear of flying, sailed on many liners and cruise-ships.
David Bowie arriving in NY aboard the QE 2...

David Bowie, with a fear of flying, sailed on many liners and cruise-ships.

  • 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.
David Bowie arriving in New York aboard the Italian Line's Leonardo da Vinci....in the 1970s...

David Bowie arriving in New York aboard the Italian Line’s Leonardo da Vinci….in the 1970s…

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  • 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.
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David Bowie seen aboard the QE 2 as it arrive in New York. On the bridge, he meets the captain …

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David Bowie aboard Cunard Lines’ QE2 arriving in New York.

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.”

David Bowie arrives in Japan after crossing the Pacific aboard the SS Oronsay.

David Bowie arrives in Japan after crossing the Pacific aboard the SS Oronsay.

  • 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.

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David Bowie travelled to Japan on Oronsay , he gave an impromptu solo acoustic performance for the passengers and crew.

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David Bowie on the Italian Lines…

David Bowie on the bridge aboard Cunard Line's QE 2.

David Bowie on the bridge aboard Cunard Line’s QE 2.

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