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Former President George Bush in Southampton for QM2 cruise
4:26pm Wednesday 9th May 2012 in News
The 41st President of the United States, George HW Bush, former First Lady Barbara Bush and other members of their family joined Cunard’s flagship QM2 in Southampton for the seven-day Atlantic crossing to New York.
It had always been President Bush’s ambition to experience the traditional passage from Southampton, and a recent visit to Britain gave him the opportunity to travel back to America with Cunard.
During embarking President Bush said “I’ve been looking forward to this for weeks!’’ and his wife added: “You’ve been talking about nothing else for months.’’ The presidential party were welcomed on board QM2 by Peter Shanks, Cunard’s managing director, David Dingle, chief executive of Carnival UK, owners of Cunard, the ship’s master, Captain Kevin Oprey, and John Duffy, the vessel’s hotel manager.
President Bush is no stranger to Hampshire.
Several years ago he stayed at the Lainston House Hotel near Winchester before enjoying several days fishing on the River Test.
During the crossing President and Mrs Bush were pampered in QM2’s luxury spa, enjoyed shows in the Royal Court Theatre, and dined with Captain Oprey, as well as in the Queen’s Grill Restaurant.
As President Bush left QM2 in New York he said: “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.”