Laurel and Hardy were regular Cunard passengers throughout their partnership. This photo shows them on board Queen Mary in 1949.
Stars on board.
“Following World War II, the two Cunard Queens re-entered service, leading Cunard into a golden age of travel. During this time many famous stars of stage and screen chose to travel on board. In the late 1940s and early 1950s particularly, Cunard’s fleet was renowned for its high quality, luxurious experience. After their wartime service, the Cunard Queens were almost as famous as the celebrities they carried.” - Chris Frame.
The nature of comedy.
Buster Keaton was a fellow Queen Mary voyager and Charlie Chaplin (pictured) also sailed Queen Elizabeth to London.
Double act Abbott and Costello even revised their famous comedy sketch routine, Who’s on First, while crossing the Atlantic on Queen Mary.
A songwriter's dream.
Of course, it’s not only stage and screen icons that have traveled with Cunard over the years. World leaders, dignitaries and even royalty have stepped on board. In the next installment of our series, celebrating our 180th anniversary of sailing, Chris Frame introduces some of the leading figureheads and guests of honor who have graced our Queens with their presence.