July 4, 2006

Cunard's Commodore Warwick to Host Final Voyage After 36 Years of Service

Cunard's Commodore Warwick to Host Final Voyage After 36 Years of Service
Monday July 3, 8:00 am ET
VALENCIA, Calif., July 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Commodore Ronald Warwick OBE, LLD, FNI will retire on July 31, 2006 with 36 years of company service after hosting his final transatlantic crossing on the Cunard flagship, Queen Mary 2, from New York on July 24.
The Commodore and his wife, Kim, will host a variety of functions during the six-day voyage. Special lunches will be held in the Commodore's honour in both New York and Southampton and all passengers will take part in a 'Commodore's Dinner' during the voyage complete with commemorative menu.
Captaining Cunard Queens is something of a Warwick family tradition. Commodore Warwick holds the unique distinction in Cunard Line's long history of notable Captains by following in the footsteps of his late father, Commodore William Warwick CBE, who sailed as Master of the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, was the first Master appointed to Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1968, and was also promoted to Commodore of the fleet, in 1970.
Commodore Ronald Warwick joined Cunard Line as a Third Officer in 1970. He first sailed as Captain in 1986 on board Cunard Princess, and also sailed in command of the Cunard Countess and Cunard Crown Dynasty before his appointment as Master of Queen Elizabeth 2 in July 1990.
From April 1996 he sailed permanently as Senior Master on board Queen Elizabeth 2 until his appointment as Master-designate of Queen Mary 2 in 2002. In December 2003 he was promoted to the rank of Commodore of the Cunard Line fleet.
In June 2005 Commodore Ronald Warwick's service to the Merchant Navy was recognized by his being awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for that year.
Commodore Warwick also holds the rank of Captain in the Royal Naval Reserve, and is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute.
Cunard Line has operated the most famous ocean liners in the world since 1840. Cunard vessels have a classic British heritage and include the legendary Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2. Queen Victoria joins the fleet in 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, Windstar 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.


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