Cunard Commodore Status

Local Travel Professional Becomes Cunard Voyage Expert by Earning Prestigious Top Rank in Cunard Academy

Calgary, AB – A Calgarian travel professional has achieved prestigious Commodore status in the Cunard Academy training programme, certifying [him/her] as a Cunard Line expert for booking travel on the company’s flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and new liner Queen Elizabeth. As a Commodore, Ria Duykers of Wellness Travel Global joins an exclusive group of travel professionals who are now recognised by Cunard at the Academy’s highest level for their unique qualifications and knowledge as a voyage planning professional. Ria Duykers earned this distinction after completing the minimum 25 courses necessary to graduate from the programme.

“We at Cunard are very proud of Ria ’s dedication, as she put in extra effort to offer clients exceptional knowledge regarding the legendary ocean liners of Cunard,” said Jan Swartz, Senior Vice President of Customer Service and Sales for Cunard. “Travel professionals who reach this top level in our Academy programme have completed hours of course work to become an expert on the company’s legacy, traditions and unique voyage experience and can provide their clients the opportunity to be a part of an iconic Cunard travel adventure.”

Cunard Academy is the cruise industry’s most comprehensive online training programme available to travel professionals in the U.S. and Canada. Travel professionals who complete the extensive coursework become experts on a wide range of topics, offering travellers full knowledge of important details about a Cunard voyage aboard Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth. Courses educate travel professionals on such areas as the line’s legendary Transatlantic Crossings and World Voyages, exclusive Grill accommodations, compelling enrichment programmes (Cunard Insights), world-class dining and renowned White Star ServiceSM .

“I’m thrilled to be a Cunard Commodore and expand my expertise about these iconic ships. The knowledge I’ve gained makes me a more valuable resource for my clients, and helps me to match a Cunard voyage to sophisticated travellers who seek the quintessential ocean liner experience,” said Ria Duykers, GM at Wellness Travel Global.


To become a Commodore, travel professionals must fulfill 25 required and elective classes, representing approximately 15 hours of total course work covering worldwide destinations, on-board programmes, and customer service skills. As they complete courses, travel professionals earn their “stripes” through four levels: First Officer, Staff Captain, Captain and finally Commodore, and can continue to take elective courses to expand their knowledge and keep their Commodore status current.

For further information, contact Ria Duykers at, phone (+1) 403-465-4180 or use the travel professional locator at


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About Cunard Line

Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of British refinement since the company’s first paddle-wheeled steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840. Cunard voyages bring together like-minded travellers who relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star ServiceSM, fine dining, sophisticated adventure, the legacy of historic voyages and transatlantic travel.

On board Queen Mary 2, guests revel in extravagant musical productions in spacious theatres, dance the night away in the Queens Room, the largest ballroom at sea, enjoy the vast selection of 8,000 books in the largest library at sea, take a ride through the Cosmos in the only planetarium at sea, engage in stimulating activities and fascinating lectures, and savour superb gourmet dining prepared by world-class chefs.

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 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.