2011 New Year firsts for Cunard Line: a float in the Rose Parade and their First Female Captain.


2011 New Year firsts for Cunard Line: a float in the Rose Parade and the first Female Captain.  2011 proves to be the year for the the great new Cunard liners: MS QUEEN MARY, MS QUEEN ELIZABETH AND MS QUEEN VICTORIA.

For the first time, Cunard Lines has appointed Captain Inger Klein Olsen as its first female captain in the companies history.

Captain Olsen assumed command of Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria on December 1st. Forty-three-year-old Captain Olsen was raised in the Faroe Islands, which accounts for her maritime abilities, and she joined Cunard in 1997 as First Officer on board Caronia. In 2001 she transferred to the Seabourn fleet, which at that time was part of Cunard.  She sailed on Seabourn Sun and Seabourn Spirit before being promoted to the rank of Staff Captain on Seabourn Pride in 2003.

Another Cunard Line first will be a float in tomorrow’s Rose Parade.  The float will be titled “A Grand Celebration at Sea.” The float will be created by award-winning Fiesta Parade Floats in collaboration with renowned artist and float designer Raul Rodriguez. Cunard’s inaugural Rose Parade Float will illustrate the Cunard fleet of the queen ships — the flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and the new Queen Elizabeth — and depict ballroom dancing, a big band orchestra, champagne toasts and multigenerational families who have sailed aboard the Cunard liners.  Featuring an eloquent fusion of floral and architectural detail, the float will stand 24 feet high, 18 feet wide and 55 feet in length. It will include a big band orchestra and ballroom dancers to bring to life the Cunard’s famed Royal Nights themed balls, along with theatrical smoke rising from Cunard’s signature black and red funnel. Thousands of red black magic roses, purple phalaenopsis orchid sprays, green cymbidium orchids and hypericum, and white Casablanca lilies will border the length of the float, along with more than 45,000 red opium roses that will carpet the steps and floors.



About Michael L. Grace

During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…