Posted by: cruise2 | 21 April, 2011

New Cunard Commodore

RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 Phot by Paddy Briggs

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Captain Christopher Rynd has been appointed Commodore of the Cunard fleet – RMS Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. Captain Rynd assumes the title until recently held by Commodore Bernard Warner who retired from the company on 19 April 2011.

Peter Shanks, Cunard President and Managing Director, said:
“I must put on record our appreciation for the ‘marvellous’ contribution that Bernie made to Cunard Line. We wish him and his family all the best for his retirement.”

Captain Rynd joined Cunard in 2005 when he took command of Queen Elizabeth 2. While in QE2, he came to appreciate Cunard’s distinctive product and traditions. Since then he has commanded both Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. He took Queen Mary 2 on her Maiden World Voyage and attended  Queen Victoria during her construction and sea trials and later served as her master.

Peter Shanks:

“I am delighted with the appointment of Captain Rynd as Commodore of Cunard Line and am sure that many of our regular guests will be as pleased as I and will join me in congratulating him on this notable achievement”.

Captain Rynd was born in New Zealand and grew up in Singapore, Sri Lanka, and in the islands of Fiji and Samoa of the tropical South Pacific. He began his sea career in 1970 at the age of 17 in New Zealand. The influence of his father and upbringing helped in this choice.

After completing his cadetship, he joined his first passenger liner, P&O’s Oronsay. His early sea days were in P&O vessels on routes between Australia and the UK which also included cruising. Since then, most of his career has been in passenger cruise ships on worldwide itineraries. Additionally Captain Rynd expanded his experience with eight years as a reserve officer in the Royal Navy. He gained his qualification as Master in London in 1979. During his time with P&O and Princess Cruises he commanded Royal Princess, Regal Princess, the first and second Pacific Princess, Pacific Sky and Sapphire Princess.

He was elected a Fellow of the Nautical Institute, the international professional body for maritime professionals, in 2008 and he took time out in 2009 / 2010 to work as a coach under the auspices of the Company’s training facility, ‘CSmart’, in the Netherlands. This was an opportunity to travel in ships across the corporate fleets and be involved in the introduction of new procedures that enhance the safe operations in navigating ships.

Captain Rynd and his Australian wife, Julie, have three children who are now young adults, which allows Julie to accompany her husband at sea most of the time. When not at sea they spend time in both Britain and Australia, but visit New Zealand each year to hike and fish trout.

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  1. Welcome aboard Commodore!

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