PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH AND MRS. BUSH CROSS THE ATLANTIC IN STYLE ABOARD THE QUEEN MARY 2 – RELIVING THE 1950s AND 1960s … When Stars and Celebrities sailed Cunard’s great liners…

PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH AND MRS. BUSH CROSS THE ATLANTIC IN STYLE ABOARD THE QUEEN MARY 2 – RELIVING THE 1950s AND 1960s … When Stars and Celebrities sailed Cunard’s great liners…

President George H. W. Bush and wife Barbara are back home in the US after fulfilling their ambition to cross the Atlantic by sea.

Bush, who also took daughter Dorothy and grand-daughter Gigi on the trip, said of the voyage when he arrived on board: “I’ve been looking forward to this for weeks,” to which his wife responded: “You’ve been talking about nothing else for months!”

After dining in the Queens Grill and Todd English restaurants, taking advantage of the Canyon Ranch spa, and taking part in an Apple iStudy session, they will have plenty more to talk about in the months to come.

President Bush conformed: “Barbara and I have always wanted to make a crossing, and it gives us great joy to be able to do so aboard Queen Mary 2 with our family and close friends. We have enjoyed the voyage from its beginning, and our experience has been made even better by the amazing crew and staff. We will always have fond memories of our Transatlantic crossing.”

Queen Mary 2 arrives San Francisco for first time in 2007.

The Bushes boarded Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 in Southampton a week ago for the seven-night crossing. Cunard were unable to confirm their presence on the ship at the time, respecting their guests’ privacy. With the ship now docked in New York, they have issued a formal statement and pictures.

Cunard president and managing director Peter Shanks was joined by Carnival UK chief executive David Dingle, QM2’s captain Kevin Oprey and hotel manager John Duffy to welcome the Bushes to the ship’s Commodore Club.

Shanks said: “We are honored to have welcomed President Bush and his family as guests aboard Queen Mary 2. Over Cunard’s long history, a great many dignitaries have enjoyed the leisure and luxury of our Transatlantic Crossings, and we are delighted that the President now joins in that legacy.”

STARS AND CELEBS “CROSSING THE POND”…  A LONG TRADITION WITH CUNARD LINE…

Cunard Lines, like many other steamship companies during the 1930s through the 1960s, had public relations staff and photographers cover sailing day of all their liners – including the RMS Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, Mauritania, Medea, Parthia and Caronia.   They photographed the stars as they crossed the pond and sailed from New York.  Here is a collection of photos of a few of the greatest stars and celebrities of all time sailing away on the Cunard Lines.

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Frederick Brisson, Rosalind Russell Brisson and Gregory Peck with Mrs Peck sail away on the RMS Queen Elizabeth.

Clark Gable is welcomed aboard the RMS Queen Mary.

Elizabeth Taylor sailing on the RMS Queen Mary.

Jackie Kennedy and Robert Kennedy on the RMS Queen Mary.

Judy Garland sailing from New York on the RMS Caronia.

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About Michael L. Grace

MICHAEL L. GRACE is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. SNOOPY continues to be one of the most produced shows (amateur & stock) in America/Worldwide and has had long running productions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and in London's West End. There are over 100 individual productions every year. He has written movies for TV, including the award-winning thriller LADY KILLER, various pilots and developed screenplays for Kevin Costner and John Travolta. Besides co-writing and co-producing SNOOPY, he wrote and produced the one-man play KENNEDY. He produced P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD by pulitzer prize winning author James Kirkwood. He wrote the stage thriller FINAL CUT which had productions in the UK, South Africa and Australia. His one-man play, KENNEDY - THE MAN BEHIND THE MYTH, was developed for HBO and has starred Andrew Stevens, Gregory Harrison and Joseph Bottoms. He has recently been involved in European productions with CLT-UFA, Europe's leading commercial television and radio broadcaster. He wrote MOWs THE DOLL COLLECTION, THE BOTTOM LINE and LAST WITNESS for German television. While in college and graduate school he worked as a foreign correspondent for COMBAT, the famous leftwing Paris daily, and as a travel writer. He visited more than 50 countries. He struggled as an actor, then joined the enemy and entered the training program at William Morris. He became a publicist and worked for Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, at Paramount and MGM. He followed with a brief stint as a story executive, working in the frantic horror genre period of the early 80s and wrote THE UNSEEN. He went onto write for episodic television and develop series pilots. He was a continuing writer on such series such as LOVE BOAT, PAPER DOLLS, and KNOTS LANDING. He developed screenplays for such major award winning directors as Nicolas Meyers, Tony Richardson and J. Lee Thompson. He has written for all the major networks and studios. He has been hired numerous times as a script doctor, doing many uncredited rewrites on TV movies and features. He is currently writing A PERSON OF INTEREST, a thriller novel, and, IT'S THE LOVE BOAT... AND HOW IT CHANGED CRUISING BY SHIP a non-fiction book dealing with how the hit TV series as a major cultural phenomenon and altered the style of cruising by ship. He was raised in Los Angeles. He attended St. Paul's, USC and the Pasadena Playhouse. He received a B.A from San Francisco State University where he majored in theatre arts and minored in creative writing. He is listed as a SFSU leading alumni. He also apprenticed at ACT - The American Conservatory Theatre. For a brief period he had intentions of becoming an Episcopal(Anglican) priest and attended seminary at Kelham Theological College in the UK. When "the calling" wasn't there, he left seminary and did graduate work at the American University of Beirut. He has guest lectured at USC, UC San Diego, McGill, Univ. of London and the Univ. of Texas on the business aspects of making a living and surviving as a writer, focusing on development hell, in the Hollywood entertainment industry. Grace is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatist Guild and former regional chairman of the Steamship Historical Society of America. He resides in Palm Springs.

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