Captain Paul Wright was appointed as the first Master of Queen Victoria in 2006.
In 1965 he set to sea as a young cadet with Shell Tankers. After four years of hard work, he duly completed his cadetship in 1969 and joined Canadian Pacific for his first taste of life aboard a passenger ship, the Empress of Canada as a Junior Deck Officer. Yet it was not until a decade later that Wright joined Cunard, bringing with him wide-ranging experience earned during stints aboard container and cargo ships, ferries and even hovercraft. Cunard Countess welcomed Wright into the Cunard fleet in 1980, and he later embarked on voyages with Cunard Princess, Sagafjord, QE2, Cunard Dynasty and Queen Mary 2.
Wright's obvious qualities and capabilities ensured he soon secured his first appointment of Master, captaining Cunard's last cargo ship Atlantic Conveyor in 1992. Wright subsequently attained the same position aboard Cunard Dynasty (1997), QE2 (1999) and Queen Mary 2.
Captain Wright is the only person to serve as Master of three Cunard Queens.