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Breaking news – Cunard Announces Queen Elizabeth Senior Officers

February 24, 2010

We Are Cunard

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Countdown to Queen Elizabeth – 235 days


Following on from the appointment of Captain Christopher Wells as Master of the new Queen Elizabeth, I am pleased to let readers of this blog know, that this morning Cunard Line issued a press release which gave details of four Senior Officers, who have been appointed to join Queen Elizabeth when she enters service on 12 October this year, which is less than 34 weeks away.


These are the details of the newly appointed Officers, as given in yesterday’s press release:


Robert Howie, Hotel Manager



Fife-born Robert Howie brings almost 25 years of experience – on land and at sea – to his new post as Hotel Manager aboard Queen Elizabeth. He held the position of Food and Beverage Manager aboard Queen Mary 2 in the ocean liner’s inaugural year and was then promoted to the prestigious position of Hotel Manager on Cunard’s flagship in 2005. Robbie was also the first Hotel Manager on board Queen Victoria when she entered service in December 2007. As Hotel Manager, Robert is in charge of all on board operations including housekeeping, food and beverage, entertainment and human resources. Prior to joining Cunard, Howie had served in senior managerial food and beverage positions for Princess Cruises, both shoreside and on board, since 1990.


Hamish Sunter, Staff Captain



Despite his Scottish forename, Hamish Sunter is proud to be a Yorkshireman. Halifax-born Captain Sunter joined Cunard in 1990 as an officer on Cunard Princess where he remained for three years. He also obtained his Master’s Certificate at this time. In 1993 he was transferred to QE2 as Junior First Officer and left that ship as Chief Officer in 1998. After two years Hamish was keen to go back to sea, which he did in 2000 with P&O Cruises and sailed as First Officer on several of their ships. He returned to Cunard as Chief Officer on Queen Mary 2 in October 2005. He rejoined QE2 as Staff Captain in December 2006 and has also served in that capacity on board Queen Victoria.


Colin Black, Chief Engineer



Colin Black, from East Lothian, joined P&O/Princess Cruises in 1990 as a CPO Mechanic on board Royal Princess. He subsequently moved up the ranks to First Engineer prior to being given the responsibility for the new build of Princess Cruises’ Dawn Princess, followed by Ocean Princess. In 2001 he was seconded to the Southampton Office working within the new build department. In 2002 he moved across to P&O Cruises serving on board Oriana, Aurora and then the new Arcadia. Colin’s first appointment as Chief Engineer was on board Tahitian Princess in 2006 and her sister ship Pacific Princess. In 2007 he was assigned as Technical Fleet Services Project Manager for Queen Victoria thereafter taking over as Chief Engineer.


Alastair Greener, Entertainment Director



Alastair Greener from near Marlborough – about as far from the sea as you can get in the UK – has a love of both the sea and stage, characteristics that will serve him well as he prepares to join Queen Elizabeth as Entertainment Director. Alastair has also served as Cruise Director on both Queen Mary 2 and QE2 and was the first Entertainment Director on board Queen Victoria.


Currently he is the face of the ‘We Are Cunard’ Blog, which is the site to visit for all the latest news on this new Cunarder. He was also asked to represent CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) as a media tour spokesperson. Alastair is a member of the British Actors’ Union and has appeared in a wide range of film, theatre and television productions. Prior to Cunard, Greener had joined Princess Cruises in 1997 and served on eight ships within the fleet. 


On confirming the appointments, Peter Shanks, Cunard President and Managing Director, said:

 “Our guests will be delighted to find so many ‘old friends’ aboard Cunard’s newest ship. One of our distinguishing characteristics is the number and frequency of our repeat guests and they will truly appreciate ‘coming home’ to these familiar faces.”


For me, it’s a real honour to be selected to head up the Entertainment department on Queen Elizabeth, and I look forward to the challenges the position will bring as well as being part of Cunard history. It does mean I’ll be very busy with the job in hand as well as continuing to host this Blog but I’m very excited about this year and of course bringing you all the news as it happens.


I’m also looking forward to working with a great team and over the coming weeks, I’ll be interviewing my colleagues, Robert Howie, Hamish Sunter and Colin Black so you can get to know the senior officers who will be heading up Queen Elizabeth’s ship’s company. I’ll start next week with an exclusive interview with Captain Chris Wells who is travelling on Queen Victoria at the moment. I’ll be back on Thursday with an amazing but true story from Queen Mary 2. Cheers Alastair

  1. Gary says:

    Congratulations Alastair. See you on 12th October!

  2. Simon says:

    Congratulations Alistair. Can’t wait to see you on board. How about we get someone like John Barrowman on the maiden voyage? Great singer and entertainer.

  3. Steve B says:

    HI Alastair,
    Congratulations. I knew you would get that job and I am glad that you have, well deserved. We will be on the Christmas cruise and can’t wait. Congratulations to the rest of the team. Nice to see a traditional Cunard line up. Can we please have some more pictures of Queen Elizabeth fit out.Thanks.
    Steve Bass

  4. brogan swan says:

    Its great to finally put the names to the faces with the new QE senior staff. All of them with many years of experience i have no doubt they will do Cunard and its passengers very proud. I am looking forward to meeting them all soon.

  5. Ian Selwyn-Yates says:

    Hello again Alastair,

    Fantastic to hear you will be on the Queen Elizabeth!

    We are on the Christmas voyage later this year and can’t wait. Are you on it too? I ask you this every time and usually you are on leave! Well I reckon you deserve it!

    Cheers for now.


  6. Dave Meineck says:

    Congratulations on you new apointment to Queen Elizabeth. We are joining her on the 26th November for the short cruise to try her out, so we will be there to annoy you again as usual.
    Margaret & Dave Meineck.

  7. Jack & Elaine says:

    Great news, Alastair! We’ll be with you in October on the Mediterranean voyage. Now we have something extra to look forward to.


  8. Celia and Eddie Ilbrey says:

    Can we add our congratulations Alastair on your new appointment. We are especially pleased as we will be joining the new Queen for the first transatlantic voyage in December. See you then!

    Celia and Eddie Ilbrey

  9. Well done Alastair, you get to lead the way on the new \Queen\ as well. I do hope our paths cross soon. Not sure if you are coming on this year’s TOG Voyage with Sir Terry Wogan and the TOGs.

    Best wishes,

    Norman & Hellen

  10. Beryl Moss says:

    Congratulations on your new appointment one which you really deserve. Hopefully you will still be on Queen Victoria when we cruise to the Baltic in early June as it would be nice to offer you our best wishes personally. Just one question will Amanda be taking over from you? Again many congratulations and look forward to more news of Queen Elizabeth.

  11. Patricia Anderson says:

    We were really hoping you would be the Entertainment Director, Alastair, as we so enjoyed you on the QV’s world cruise of 2008. We’ll be on the QE’s 2011 world voyage and know all will be perfect with you in charge.



  12. Simon says:

    Congratulations Alastair!

  13. Lou Anne Busdieker says:

    Congratulations!! So glad we’ll have a familiar face from Queen Victoria’s maiden world cruise. Looking forward to QE’s world cruise.

  14. Bryan Miles says:

    Congratulations to Colin on his appointment as Chief Engineer.

  15. Hi Alastiar

    Congratulations on your appointment and looking forward to catching up with you again someday soon!



  16. Congratulations to all the officers on your new ship.
    We hope to see you all in december.

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