April 21, 2011
We Are Cunard
Welcome to the first of Peter’s blogs. First up I have to pay tribute to Alastair who has so superbly developed our “We are Cunard” blog over the last couple of years. Whilst I have often written on the blog for Alastair, it is he who has brought the passion and interest that has led to so many people taking an interest in our blog.
I share Alastair’s passion both for Cunard and for the new world of communication in which we live where blogs can bring things to life that other forms of communication simply can’t touch.
So we intend to continue to develop the We are Cunard blog and through it bring a whole range of Cunard experiences to life. Our blog is read by many thousands of people – many of whom are very loyal and valued Cunarders and others who are new to Cunard and through the blog can continue to understand the personality of Cunard and share in our experiences. Everyone who reads our blog is always welcome and we want to really encourage feedback and comments wherever necessary.
In writing Peter’s blog I will also be helped by Lisa and others in our Marketing departments in Southampton and also in our International offices and of course much of the real excitement and interest will come from our three ships.
So to start things off on our first blog we have put together a little film to explain the plans we have ahead for Peter’s blog and also within that a tribute and thank you to Alastair.
Alastair will be missed by his fellow crew on board Queen Elizabeth; who presented him with a collage of some of his memorable moments, including the ‘Sand Dance’, which you may remember he performed on board Queen Victoria last year!
Alastair is such a lovely chap and I am sure we will be seeing more of him in the future – either as a successful broadcaster or perhaps coming back to help Cunard again in the future.
Meanwhile, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth have now returned from their World Voyages and along with Queen Victoria and now settling into their busy summer schedules. Earlier this week we had a very moving day with the retirement of our Commodore, Bernie Warner. Bernie had been at sea for 46 years and spent the last six years as Commodore of the Cunard Fleet and Master of Queen Mary 2. A real gentleman, a family man and the most admirable leader. We filmed the events of the day and will post that as a video blog in the next few days.
I hope all of our bloggers have a happy Easter and a well deserved time with their families. It looks as though here in England it’s going to be like summer – in fact as I write this, it is 79 degrees in Southampton – warmer perhaps than most other places where you are reading this.
Have a happy Easter and a well deserved break.