September 4, 2008
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Updates
Hello, I’m Alastair Greener and I would like to welcome you to the first “We Are Cunard” Blog. I’m currently the Entertainment Director on Queen Victoria, and I consider it a privilege to be the first host of this blog and I hope this marks a great beginning of a new extended Cunard community. After all “We Are Cunard” is a phrase that applies to us all whether we work on Cunard’s legendary liners, work in the offices shore side or of course travel with us as our guests. One of the first things I noticed about Cunard, when I first joined the company, was the sense of family that exists between our guests and crew. Perhaps this is because so many of our guests, who keep coming back, enjoy being welcomed by familiar faces of crew members, who have many years of White Star Service under their belts.
So how will this new community evolve? Well that’s up to you really. We hope to hear from you and look forward to your suggestions and ideas that will help us shape this exciting new project. Initially though, along with my colleagues, I’ll update this blog once a week with stories from all three of our liners, as well as from you, our readers, and our shore side operation that does such an amazing job in supporting us on board. There’ll be interviews with Officers and Crew offering an insight behind the scenes, and maybe we’ll persuade some of them to share their trade secrets! Perhaps you have some requests of who you would like to hear from, in which case I’d love to hear from you. There will also be an opportunity to meet some of the many personalities who sail with us from Lecturers, Entertainers and of course our guests, who’ll tell us more about themselves and describe life on board, from a different perspective.
We’ll keep you updated with the news of what’s happening right now on our ships as well as future plans – you may even get to hear about it first on this website! We know Cunarders love the tradition and heritage associated with our ships (one of the reasons “Cunardia” was created on Queen Victoria, featuring the world’s first museum at sea), so we’ll feature some of our rich history and give you a flavour of days gone by, perhaps a nostalgic trip down memory lane for our most travelled guests. If you have stories you’d like to share, we hope you’ll send them in, it would be great to post them as a regular feature.
It really is all about Cunard and Cunarders, and what an amazing year this has been so far, as Queen Victoria approaches her first birthday after an incredible year, having already circumnavigated the globe visiting 6 continents and over 38 countries. A year when our flag ship Queen Mary 2 began her fourth year of iconic Transatlantic Crossings. There were those occasions like the three Queens event in New York (where for the first time in Cunard’s history three Queens plied the oceans), as well as the historic meeting of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth 2 in Sydney. Those were two days amoungst many I’ll certainly never forget, but it would be great to hear your stories too. This year we are also celebrating the life of Queen Elizabeth 2 as she leaves sea going service, but of course it is a year of mixed emotions as we bid her farewell in November. We’ll make sure this blog is part of that very important period of Cunard’s history.Then we’ll keep you up to date with the exciting future of Cunard as we prepare for a new sister in 2010, Queen Elizabeth, so I’ll try and get reports from the ship yard to mark her progress with hopefully some photos.
Below is an internal company video produced by our White Star Service training team. It shows the officers and crew preparing Queen Victoria for launch, for those same team members to watch as part of their pre-launch White Star training session. It shows so well the dedication of the team that we’d like to share it with our friends on this blog!
I’ll be back next week, letting you know what’s going on around the Cunard world, but in the meantime, thank you for logging on and being a part of our first blog. Please do write in, as I’m really looking forward to your questions, news, views and ideas, after all this is our website and We Are Cunard!
Cheers – Alastair