A Cruise Line President Who's Also a Roving Reporter
Peter Shanks of Cunard reported from the Queen Mary 2.
I love a CEO who blogs. And yesterday I met a new one: Peter Shanks, Cunard Line's new president. He doesn't just blog from his desk either; he blogs from the ship. Last month, for instance, he reported from Cobh, Ireland, where the Queen Mary 2 stopped to honor the 1198 lives that were lost there when the Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat in World War I.
Peter (who's such a proper British gentleman that I'd call him Mr. Shanks if I didn't think I'd be laughed out of the blogosphere for being so formal) not only guest-blogs for WeAreCunard.com but is also the British correspondent for the wildly popular John Heald's Blog over at Carnival (Cunard is part of Carnival Corp.).
Peter stopped by my Times Square office yesterday and surprised me with some fun facts. Did you know
* that Cunard is 169 years old yet has the youngest fleet at sea?
* that the inaugural voyage of the new Queen Elizabeth, which will launch in October 2010, sold out in 29 minutes and 14 seconds?
* that there are about a gazillion Cunard videos on YouTube because so many people record its ships doing momentous things like sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge or meeting up at the Statue of Liberty?
Peter also surprised me by asking for constructive criticism about Cunard's blog, which is only 14 months old and still has some growing to do. Seeking feedback from fellow travel bloggers shows a lot of cyber-smarts, in my humble opinion, and there are some super-savvy travel bloggers who read The Perrin Post, so consider sharing your input: Take a look at the WeAreCunard blog and, if you've got suggestions for enhancing it, share them here (since, selfishly, I too really want to hear your bloggy wisdom!). Don't forget to give your website URL.