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From TickerTech.com:

Cunard Line Appoints Queen Victoria's Senior Officers
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VALENCIA, Calif., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.
Go to http://www.tickertech.com/cgi/?a=news&ticker=a&w=&story=200708200708281336PR_NEWS_USPR_____LATU112 for more.

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John Clifford

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I think Captain Paul Wright was the Commodore for the Queen Mary 2's Hawaii Excursion, February/March, 2006.

It seemed that the longest moments were when he was making the daily "Hello, this is the Captain speaking..." announcements, as he often paused for what seemed to be the longest time between statements; that was especially annoying during dinnertime seating announcements. He would have been better served by appointment the Cruise Director, Ray Rouse, to be the P.A. spokesman. Ray had the perfect pitch and presentation, both at events and during "The Breakfast Show" broadcasts.

If Captain Wright is in command of the September 4th and 22nd Atlantic crossings I'll warn my shipmates of the announcement periods.

Yes, I know this sounds like the "Everyone's a critic" statement.
 

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John, Captain Wright has been now assigned to the Queen Victoria.I have seen over the internet that the Queen Victoria is now doing her sea trials and that the captain of the new ship is always there to learn about how the ship sails such as how the ship handles the sea in stormy weather.According to the Cunard website Commodore Bernard Warner has been in command of the QM2 since August 9th and the Cunard Captains usually serve 3 months aboard the ship and then 3 months off.If I am right about this then Commodore Warner will be in command of the QM2 for your crossings in September as well as the 2 crossings I'll be doing aboard the QM2 in October.
 

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Hello Everyone,

I think that it's terrific that Captain Paul Wright will resume command of a Cunard vessel, especially considering how he was unexpectedly put in command of a Princess cruise ship back in 2005. Captain Bernard Warner, who would later become Commodore after Warwick retired, soon replaced him. I suppose that the outcry for him to return to Cunard was too great. He was always a very kind person, and I remember him quite well from the cruises that I've been on. And John, I'm certain that the captain from your cruise to Hawaii in 2006 was Commodore Ronald Warwick, who retired in June of last year.

Sincerely,
Tom
 

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Tom, Commodore Warwick was on the Hawaii Excursion, but he was not in command; that was made clear to everyone, though his expertise could be called on, if needed. Commodore Warwick took advantage of the Hawaii trip to enjoy himself. When we returned to Los Angeles they had the retirement gala for him, on board the Queen Mary.

Thinking about it, it could have been Captain Warner who commanded our voyage; not certain.

I'll have to see who commands the two Trans-Atlantic Crossings I will be on, next month.
 

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Hello,

Oops, sorry. I heard that Commodore Warwick was going to Hawaii in 2006 onboard the QM2 so I just assumed that he was in command. I guess that it must have been Captain Warner, because Captain Rynd didn't board QM2 until mid summer. I think that Commodore Warner will be in command for your Trans-Atlantic Crossings because he boarded the ship in early August.

Sincerely,
Tom
 

John Clifford

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Hi Tom.

No problem.
Commodore Warwick enjoyed being a passenger on the Hawaii trip, and we only had about two-and-a-half days of rough weather (we sailed through a storm headed for the West Coast) and the weather was agreeable after that; only one windy day, at that.

If Commodore Warner is the same Captain we had on the Hawaii Excursion, then it's just a matter of "Here we go again"; the times he does the dinner announcements are most frustrating, as it takes away from tableside conversations, though we'll have to see who sits with my friends and me.
 
Dec 2, 2000
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From Cruise Critic:

Cunard Names Queen Victoria's Godmother
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In a move sure to create controversy, Cunard Line announced today that The Duchess of Cornwall -- the woman formerly known as Camilla Parker Bowles -- will perform the naming of Queen Victoria when the ship is christened in Southampton this December.
For the rest, see http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=2191

Comment: I have no feelings about this one way or another but I'm not blind to the fact that there are those out there who do. I hope Cunard doesn't come to regret this.
 

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Actually, Queen Victoria was the present Queen's Great Great Grandmother.

Her father was King George VI
Her Grandfather was King George V
Her Great Grandfather was King Edward VII
 

Tom Roesser

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Hello,

Maybe the Queen didn't have the time to do the naming. Queen Victoria is not nearly as important as the Queen Mary 2 was. The Queen Victoria is just a run of the mill vista class cruise ship. She's not even close to being the world's largest at 90,000 tons. When the QV comes out, it's not going to make half as many headlines as the QM2 did a few years ago. But, on the other hand, she is a rather large addition to the extremely small Cunard fleet. She still is Cunard's second largest cruise ship ever built, even though she really isn't a liner.

Sincerely,
Tom
 
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>>Did the Queen not want to do it? Was she asked?<<

She may well have been asked. I don't know who handles her engagements but Her Majesty keeps a very busy schedule, much of which has to be arranged with a substantial lead time. She rarely has the option of doing things at the drop of a hat.

I wish I knew where she got the energy for literally hundreds of engagements every year.
 
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"I wish I knew where she got the energy for literally hundreds of engagements every year."

Her mother's example and the sense of duty instilled as a child. Remember, she and Princess Margaret were in attendance when Buck House was bombed by the Germans (German friend of the family supplied the flight plan!).
 
Dec 2, 2000
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From Cruise Critic:

Cunard Offers Sneak Queen Victoria Peek!
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Cruise Critic editor Carolyn Spencer Brown visited Fincantieri's shipyard in Marghera, just outside of Italy's Venice, on Saturday, October 13, to check out the progression of Cunard's Queen Victoria, which will launch on December 10. With just about six weeks to go, the ship is definitely nearly ready, she reports; stay tuned for Monday's launch of photos, videos and commentary.

The biggest surprise about Cunard's Queen Victoria is that it's not merely a slimmed-down version of Queen Mary 2, the already-iconic mega-ship that Cunard debuted in 2003. Queen Victoria very much has -- even while still in construction phases -- a spirit and personality of its own.
For the rest, go to http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=2230
 
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From BYM Maritime News:

Cunard liner Queen Victoria to have museum quality art collection
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Queen Victoria was England's first "modern" monarch -- the first queen to have a telephone, ride a train, be photographed and host a World's Fair. As Britain's longest reigning royal, she led her country through the Industrial Revolution and into a peaceful constitutional monarchy. In celebration of the revered and influential monarch, Cunard turned to a collection of accomplished contemporary British artists to infuse its newest ocean liner, Queen Victoria, with the modern point of view that came to characterize her reign.

"Through this extraordinarily well-researched collection, we convey the ambiance that guests expect on a liner named Queen Victoria -- a sense of history and grandeur coupled with a more contemporary appreciation of modern art by modern artists and artisans," said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line.
Full story at http://www.bymnews.com/news/newsDetails.php?id=17157
 

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