Posted by: cruise2 | 28 August, 2007

Senior Officers for QUEEN VICTORIA

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 inOctober 2006. Together, they boast more than 85 years of seagoingexperience, gleaned most recently aboard Queen Victoria’s fleetmates, RMS 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. Chief Robinson joined QE2 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.

The Chief 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 atsea — to his new post as Hotel Manager aboard Queen Victoria. Mr Howie held the position of Food & Beverage Manager aboard RMS Queen Mary 2 int he ocean liner’s inaugural year and was then promoted to Hotel Manager in Cunard’s flagship in 2005. In charge of all onboard operations re housekeeping,  food and beverage, entertainment and personnel, he was at their during some of the ship’s most iconic voyages including her 2006 inaugural South America run, first World Cruise earlier this year including the ship’s rendezvous with QE2 in Sydney and inaugural call into San Francisco, as well as Carly Simon’s DVD concert special in 2005. Prior to joining Cunard, Mr. Howie served in senior managerial Food & Beverage positions and new build projects fo rPrincess Cruises — both shoreside and onboard — since 1990.

Alastair Greener, Entertainment Director

Alastair Greener combines his love of stage and sea, characteristicsthat will serve him well as he prepares to join Queen Victoria as Entertainment Director. The quintessential English gentleman has served as Cruise Director in both RMS 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.  He was also asked to represent CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) as a media tour spokesperson. Mr. Greener is a member of the British Actors Union and has appeared in a wide range of film, theatre and television productions, including the BBC’s “House of Cards” and Warner Brothers’ “Black Beauty.”

Prior to Cunard, Mr. Greener joined Princess Cruises in 1997 and has served in 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.”



  1. Does anyone have an emaill address for Carol Marlow?

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