The Queen Mary released these vintage photos of her maiden voyage

You can jump on board a range of luxury cruise liners these days, but does anything really compare to the
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You can jump on board a range of luxury cruise liners these days, but does anything really compare to the old-school glamour of the RMS Queen Mary?

The famous cruise ship first set sail 80 years ago in 1936 to a whole lot of fanfare and excitement.

Its maiden voyage was an epic trip from Scotland to New York, after six years of pain-staking construction and planning.

To mark the occasion, a series of photos have been released showing the ship’s first voyage in all its glory.

There were plenty of Hollywood stars on board including, Winston Churchill, John F Kennedy, TS Eliot, Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Hope, Clark Gabel and many more.

When it was launched, the Art Deco liner was the biggest and fastest passenger ship in the world with three classes of cabins, an opulent first class dining room, ballroom, cocktail bars, a stage for music, two indoor swimming pools, a squash court, libraries, a telephone connection and a small hospital.

Later, it was used to transport Allied soldiers during World War Two before returning to passenger service until 1967, before finally retiring.

Now, it is permanently moored in Long Beach, California, where tourists can climb on board and look at the historic exhibit, enjoy a meal and even view some of Princess Diana’s belongings.

Have you ever had a chance to see the Queen Mary? Do you like cruising?

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