Commodore Christopher Rynd was born in New Zealand and grew up in Singapore, Sri Lanka, and in the islands of Fiji and Samoa.of the tropical South Pacific. He began his sea career in 1970 at the age of seventeen in New Zealand. The influence of his father and upbringing helped in this choice. After completing his cadet-ship, he joined his first passenger liner, the S.S.Oronsay of P&O Lines. His early days at sea were on P&O's vessels on routes between Australasia and the United Kingdom combined with cruising. Since then, most of his career has been in passenger cruise ships on world-wide itineraries.
Additionally Rynd expanded his experience with eight years as a reserve officer in the British Royal Navy. He gained his qualification as Master in London in 1979. Previous commands have included the Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Pacific Princess - both the original vessel that 'starred' in the 'Love Boat' television series which in turn lead to the growth of cruising as a travel option, and the latest ship to bear the name, which he brought into service for Princess Cruises. He has ,also commanded the Pacific Sky (the last steam turbine vessel to see service in the P&O fleet) and the Sapphire Princess, before being appointed to command Cunard's Queen Elizabeth 2. in. 2005 as. a .result;of Cunard:s acquisition:.by Carnival Corporation and' changes in management. -Whilst on board QE2, he came to appreciate Cunard's distinctive product and traditions. He was subsequently appointed to Queen Mary 2 the world's greatest liner, and in his time there took her on the maiden world voyage. Rynd was elected a Fellow of the Nautical Institute in 2008, the international professional body for maritime professionals, and took time out in 2009/10 to work as a coach under the auspices of the Company's training facility, 'CSmart', in the Netherlands. This was an opportunity to travel in ships across the corporate fleets and be involved in the introduction of new procedures that enhance safe operations in navigating ships. Rynd was made Commodore of the Cunard fleet in April 2011. Commodore Rynd and his Australian wife Julie, have three children who are now young adults, which allows Julie to accompany her husband at sea most of the time. When not at sea they spend time in both Britain and Australia, but visit New Zealand each year to hike and fish trout.