Cunard Line Appoints Queen Victoria's Senior Officers



    VALENCIA, Calif., Aug. 28 /CNW/ -- Cunard Line has announced the
appointment of three senior officers who will serve aboard its newest ocean
liner, Queen Victoria, when she enters service in December 2007.  The veteran
trio joins Captain Paul Wright, whose appointment as Master of Queen Victoria
was announced in October 2006.  Together, they boast more than 85 years of
seagoing experience, gleaned most recently aboard Queen Victoria's majestic
sister ships, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2.
    
    William Robinson, Chief Engineer
    
    With Cunard for nearly 20 years, William Robinson currently serves as
Chief Engineer aboard Queen Elizabeth 2.  Joining Queen Victoria in the same
position, he will be responsible for all aspects of the operation and
maintenance of the ship's technical equipment, which is considered among the
most advanced in the industry.  Robinson joined Cunard's "grande dame of the
seas" as a Junior Engineer and quickly earned his Combined 1st Class
Certificate, working his way up the engineering ranks.  His first seafaring
experience, over 30 years ago, was sailing oil tankers and gas carriers for
Shell.
    Robinson is a graduate of Sunderland University in Sunderland, England,
where he earned his Bachelor of Education degree in Technology.  Following
graduation, he taught Craft Design and Technology for three years.  Accepting
the post as Chief Engineer aboard Queen Victoria, he says, is the realization
of a lifelong ambition.
    
    Robert Howie, Hotel Manager
    
    Robert Howie brings more than 21 years of experience -- on land and at
sea -- to his new post as Hotel Manager aboard Queen Victoria.  Howie held the
position of Food & Beverage Manager aboard Queen Mary 2 in the ocean liner's
inaugural year and was then promoted to the prestigious position of Hotel
Manager to Cunard's flagship in 2005.  In charge of all onboard operations re
housekeeping, food and beverage, entertainment and personnel, he was at the
helm during some of the ship's most iconic voyages including her 2006
inaugural South America voyages, first World Cruise earlier this year
including the ship's phenomenally successful Royal Rendezvous(TM) with QE2 in
Sydney and maiden call into San Francisco, as well as Carly Simon's DVD
concert special in 2005.  Prior to joining Cunard, Howie served in senior
managerial Food & Beverage positions and new build projects for Princess
Cruises -- both shoreside and onboard -- since 1990.
    
    Alastair Greener, Entertainment Director
    
    Alastair Greener combines his love of stage and sea, characteristics that
will serve him well as he prepares to join Queen Victoria as Entertainment
Director.  The quintessential English gentleman has served as Cruise Director
on both Queen Mary 2 and QE2, and in addition to being a vivacious host for
the onboard production shows, he is an enthusiastic thespian himself, having
been a presenter for training videos for Cunard's famous White Star
Service(SM).  He was also asked to represent CLIA (Cruise Lines International
Association) as a media tour spokesperson.  Greener is a member of the British
Actors Union and has appeared in a wide range of film, theater and television
productions, including the BBC's "House of Cards" and Warner Brothers' "Black
Beauty."
    Prior to Cunard, Greener joined Princess Cruises in 1997 and has served
on eight ships within the fleet.
    "Our guests will be delighted to find 'old friends' aboard Cunard's
newest ship," said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line.  "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."
    The 90,000-ton Queen Victoria will offer the very best of Cunard's
heritage and traditions, along with all modern day luxuries including some
exciting innovations.  These will include the first traditional West End-style
private viewing boxes at sea in the Royal Court Theatre, the first Cunardia
museum exhibit at sea, housing Cunard artifacts and memorabilia and the first
two-storey library at sea featuring an elegant spiral staircase.  The ship
will also feature the line's celebrated Queens Grill and Princess Grill
accommodations and dining, further enhanced on Queen Victoria with an
exclusive deck terrace and al fresco dining in The Courtyard.
    From the outside, her distinctive black and red livery will hint at the
sophistication that differentiates a Cunard liner.  This will be most evident
in the ship's adherence to liner traditions of the past, with elegant public
rooms, many on a grand scale, featuring rich wood paneling, intricate mosaics
and gleaming chandeliers.  There will also be a grand, colonial-style
conservatory complete with a retractable glass roof.
    As well as being the second largest Cunarder ever built, Queen Victoria's
arrival is particularly noteworthy as it will mark the first time that three
Cunard Queens have been in service together in the company's 168-year history
(she joins the world's grandest liner, Queen Mary 2 and the world's most
famous and best-loved liner, QE2).
    For more information about Queen Victoria or Cunard, contact your travel
professional, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or visit http://www.cunard.com.
    
    About Cunard Line
    
    Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2 and QE2,
has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of
British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled steamer,
Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840.  Cunard voyages bring together
like-minded travelers who relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star
Service(SM), fine dining, sophisticated adventure, the legacy of historic
voyages and transatlantic travel.  Queen Victoria joins the fleet in December
2007.
    Cunard Line is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines.  The
exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line,
Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn.  Sharing a passion
to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, member lines
appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets.  Together they offer
exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable
destinations.




For further information:

For further information: Jackie Chase, +1-661-753-1035, 
jchase@cunard.com, or Brian O'Connor, +1-661-753-1060,  boconnor@cunard.com,
both of Cunard Line

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