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Breaking News – A change at the helm of Cunard Line

July 22, 2009

We Are Cunard

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As usual I like to keep readers fully informed with all breaking news from Cunard. An announcement was made yesterday regarding Cunard’s President and Managing Director. The best way to explain the change which takes place today is for me to enclose a message from Carol Marlow herself: 

After 5 wonderful years with Cunard, I will be moving on, to take up the role of Managing Director, P&O Cruises, Cunard’s sister brand in the UK. This is certainly an exciting opportunity for me, but, of course, I will miss Cunard. My successor at Cunard will be Peter Shanks, who is no stranger to Cunard, having worked closely with us for the past 7 years, as European Managing Director for Cunard, and then overseeing Cunard globally for Carnival, our parent company.


In the meantime, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support of Cunard, and wish you continued wonderful voyages on “The Most Famous Ocean Liners in the World”. It has been my pleasure to serve you at Cunard, and take my place in the rich history of this wonderful line.


With kind regards


Carol Marlow



Although we’ll miss her, I’m sure you’ll all want to join me in wishing Carol all the best in her new role with our sister company.


Meanwhile our congratulations go to Peter Shanks and we look forward to working with him.  


I have known Peter for some time in his previous capacity, and you’ll be delighted to hear that he also shares our passion for Cunard. As soon as he’s had some time to settle in I’ll ask him for an interview, as I’m sure you’ll want to get to know him as well.


I’ll be back tomorrow as usual with some answers to your questions and a special guest Blog. Cheers Alastair

  1. Freddie Paynter says:

    Hey Alastair,

    Thanks for the update! It’s quite sad to hear that Carol Marlow is leaving Cunard, but I’m sure she’s excited about joining P&O. When exactly does she leave? It’s good that Cunard will be receiving a new president who is familiar with the company. Also, just out of interest, what are the chances do you think that Ian McNaught will be appointed first Captain of the new Queen Elizabeth?

    Thanks again,
    Freddie Paynter.

    Last question I promise! Do you think another Cunarder will be built after QE? Perhaps a running mate for QM2? Just wondering :)

  2. During your time at the helm, you have taken the good ship Cunard through stormy waters with the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth 2 and into calmer seas with the arrival of Queen Victoria and her forthcoming Vista sista Elizabeth. I’m sad and sorry to see you go Carol but wish you all the very best for the future!


    Congratulations to Carol Marlow!! My husband and I, Ken Orpe have just returned also from the Land of the Midnight sun on Queen Victoria and had not only the pleasure, but the privilege of meeting Carol Marlow on a couple of occasions.
    We enjoyed chatting to her and found she was very inspiring and charming but down to earth lady.
    So Good Luck Carol on your new challenge with P & O cruises, I am sure like us, Cunard will most definitely miss you and your communications.
    Welcome to Peter Shanks who no doubt will do an admirable job as Carol’s predecessor.
    Warmest regards
    Patricia and Ken Orpe of Derby

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