Liverpool, The Beatles Museum in the Albert docks, we get full access to film this amazing part of British history. It is an extensive tour, with audio guide, featuring quotes from them and their friends, recreations of places including an almost like for like of The Cavern. All these tours are listed here for you to research what is available and at what cost.

Beatles first foot in Hamburg was on the 17 August 1960, to play at the Indra Club on the Grosse Freiheit street for owner Bruno Koschmider, who also owned the Kaiserkeller. It was a 48-night booking. Their audience was often very small and mainly ladies of the night looking for business in the busy port town. Women and sailors paid for the musicians, who were often told to keep the volume down as women lived, worked and slept in the rooms above. The first night they were in shock, and often had second thoughts. Apart from the first night when they slept on the floor of the old businessman, Bruno Koschmider’s small apartment, their living accommodation was in the back of a little cinema, the Bambi Kinorough, and it was far from luxury. They were paid £2.50 each per day for performing four and a half hours on weekdays and six hours on weekends. It doesn’t sound a great deal, but then cruise ship bands sometimes do longer hours! However, George Harrison is quoted as saying, “The Reeperbahn and Grosse Freiheit were the best thing we’d ever seen, clubs and neon lights everywhere and lots of restaurants and entertainment. It looked really good. There were seedy things about it, obviously, including some of the conditions we had to live in when we first got there.” The rest, as they say, is history. See our Hamburg section and consider a party cruise there.

In 1961 they were back playing the Cavern in Liverpool when actor to be Brian Epstein saw them. He had given up RADA and was running, very successfully, the record department in his father’s department store. He signed them, changed their image and became a manager. He was from then on the fifth Beatle. They joked when they got their MBE’s that is stood for Mr Brian Epstein. National tours of the UK followed and they were very big stars very quickly starring on classic TV shows both sides of the Atlantic. Their Morcombe and Wise show is fantastically funny.

This museum is a must for anyone who is interested in history. These four guys were and are British royalty. They are a part of our history we can be proud of, and there is much we cannot. There are tours Liverpool and the museums listed on our tours page. Jean’s guide of the dock and Museums including the slavery museum which is half of a darker side of our history, the part before it conveniently forgotten as we did not leave enough of the indigenous islands alive to talk about it. Those who cruise to the Caribbean will be familiar with those stories. There is also a guide to Mathew Street and The Cavern Club.

Those of you studying your families ancestry will no doubt have fallen into the White Star passenger lists of the ships taking your ancestors from Liverpool to New York. The start of cruising.

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