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William H Krauch

The Last Great Cruise of The Queen Mary

of Los Angeles Calif USA

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Story by: The Queen Mary Archivist

Date added: 23 Oct 2017

Bill and Velma Krauch had a cabin with a porthole, but bunk beds, a wash basin, a lavatory, desk, closet, night stand and chair (costing $3,150, equivalent to $22,500 in today's real value). Herb and Hannah had an inside cabin with the same, apart from the ‘luxury’ porthole (costing $2,850).

Velma describes Bill as ‘never been a resort, cruise or tour oriented vacationist – not even in the wildest stretch of my wishful thinking. His idea of fun is taking a two-week hiking trip through rugged mountain country – sleeping bag, tent and fishing pole variety’.
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Krauch were the first official passengers off the ship at Long Beach. When questioned about the voyage by the Press, he responded "It was terrific. We'd do it again tomorrow if we could."

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