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A Few Things…

November 8, 2011

We Are Cunard

Posted in: Updates

Hello all.

A few things to catch up on and inform you of on today’s blog. Firstly, a few weeks ago we held a retirement dinner for the three Cunard Captains who retired during the year.

We covered each of these retirements individually on the blog at the time, but as is tradition with Cunard Line we held a dinner in their honour. It was to honour Commodore Bernie Warner, Captain Nick Bates and Captain Paul Wright. We held the dinner at Lainston House Hotel near Winchester and we asked each of the Captains to invite four of their good friends in order that they could share the occasion with them. A number of us from the office also attended and it was a wonderful evening. I thought I would share a few photos of the event:


During the evening we presented each of the Captains with a barometer and there were some wonderful speeches around the table. Three great men who each contributed to Cunard magnificently. In their absence I am delighted to report that the new Captains who have come to Cunard Line recently are also very much enjoying their tenure. Captain Inger Olsen, our first lady Captain, is really making her mark on Queen Victoria and earning deserved praise both from the ship’s company and from our guests. Captain Kevin Oprey, currently on Queen Mary 2, has brought his own style and experience to Queen Mary 2 and is also receiving warm appreciation from the ship’s company and from our guests. Both Captain Ian Hutley and Julian Burgess have spent considerable time on both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth and they, too are now regarded as Cunarders. In addition, our new Commodore Chris Rynd is very much enjoying his role and showing leadership across the fleet. So whilst we were sad to lose three such experienced Captains at the end of their career during the year, we are also pleased that we have such good strength in them and I certainly appreciate the contribution of every Captain across our fleet.

Turning to a different matter, we were delighted to receive some photos taken by Richard and Barbara Okill, they were travelling on Queen Mary 2 recently and decided to send us their own “We are Cunard” photos. Thank you so much for sharing them with us and some lovely shots of our fine ship.

Lastly, I thought I would share with you a photo of what modern day Cunard Presidents get up to at weekends. I play field hockey each Saturday during the winter. I am not sure if it is sensible, but I have always played the position of Goalkeeper. The ball can be very hard but I have padding just about everywhere that it matters – although at least once a season the ball seems to penetrate to places that do hurt somewhat. Anyway I thought I would share with you an excellent shot from Saturday as I was trying to ensure another victory for my colleagues – although on this occasion we came a fine second.

That’s all for now – will be back soon. I hope everybody is keeping well.

Best regards,



  1. Grant Thomas says:

    Great to see the Richard & Barbara pictures!! Forum regulars over at cruises.co.uk – New England in the falls is on my ‘to do Bucket List’ for sure!

  2. Great to see Paul Wright again – with whom (as Captain) we were allowed to travel twice on the Queen Victoria, and even more pleased to see Barbara & Richard’s pictures published here, since we were traveling together on the QM2 from-to Southampton (via Quebec). It was really a memorable cruise.

  3. Shuji Yamamoto says:

    It is so great to see marvelous captains again. I really want to say thank you to them for their safe command of Queens. Of course I wish them happy retirement again. Thank you Captain Bates, Captain Wright, Commodore Warner and Mr. Shanks.

  4. Rob Holloway says:

    A great tradition and as usual the ladies look lovely in their colourful outfits with the men forming the backdrop of black and white.

    Yes, Richard has for last few years posted his Cunard banner on cruises.co.uk and his pride of being a Cunarder.

  5. Rob says:

    Very nice posting and very nice how you gave these fine individuals the appreciation they deserve.

  6. Rob says:

    Nice article. It’s heart warming to see how you show your appreciation for these individuals that made such a positive influence on the Cunard name.

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