Cruise line captain Christopher Wells is retiring after 30 years working across Carnival Corporation brands.

Wells has been awarded the rank of Commodore in recognition of his outstanding service, including 20 years with Cunard.

He has spent the last 13 years leading the team on board Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2, having originally been a key part of the commissioning of the ship which entered service in 2004.

His cruise shipping career started in 1992, first with Cunard then Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia before returning to Cunard.

Cunard president Simon Palethorpe said: “Commodore Wells has been a wonderful ambassador for Cunard, proudly upholding the finest traditions and highest standards of the world’s most famous shipping line. It is only fitting, and I am delighted, that he be awarded the rank of Commodore, the highest rank afforded to any seafarer.

“He’ll be sorely missed by colleagues and guests alike, evidenced by the vast numbers of cards that have been received wishing him all the very best and noting his much-loved sense of humour as well as the respect he commanded.

“We thank him for the enormous contribution he has made to Cunard, in a highlight packed career, and wish him an equally successful retirement.”