High Tea on the Cunard Queens

A Light-Hearted Look at Life at Sea by Paul Curtis – Foreword by Captain Aseem A. Hashmi, MNM, Master of Queen Elizabeth

This amusing insight into Cunard’s legendary liners begins more than fifty years ago when Paul Curtis joined the original Queen Mary as entertainments officer.

Over a Cunard high tea in the Queens Room, Paul recounts the stories of these iconic ships. Then, over a drink in the Red Lion, he shares the tales of the antics of both passengers and crews. The facts are delivered in vivid detail – some of them things you should know and an occasional peep at things you shouldn’t.

Paul’s amusing anecdotes include the time Yehudi Menuhin refused to play for the passengers, but played for the crew instead; finding Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and evangelist Billy Graham playing bingo; or being called to deal with amorous passengers making use of the grand piano in the first class lounge!

Simply turning these pages releases a sniff of the sea and a whiff of champagne. Paul has worked, travelled upon or photographed every Cunard Queen ever built. He has an offbeat sense of humour and a keen appetite for the ridiculous. A life at sea can do that to you.

Illustrations include changing fashions, upgraded interiors, celebrations on board, and plenty of views of the ships themselves

£16.99, paperback, published August 2019 by The History Press

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