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.”


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.



About Michael L. Grace

During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…