Murray Walker, legendary Formula One motor sports commentator for the BBC, seen here with Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria, is a popular speaker for the Cunard Insights on board enrichment programme.
Legendary Formula One commentator Murray Walker was one of the first to congratulate Lewis Hamilton on his second F1 world title yesterday, after arriving in Southampton on board Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria.

Murray Walker Congratulates F1 Champ Lewis Hamilton aboard Cunard's Queen Victoria / Photo © Cunard Line

Murray Walker Congratulates F1 Champ Lewis Hamilton aboard Cunard’s Queen Victoria / Photo © Cunard Line

The 91-year-old motor sport legend watched the final stages of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship in luxury this year, as an Insights speaker on board the luxurious Queen Victoria. After completing his 14-day cruise, Canary Islands Explorer with Murray Walker, which explored some of the most stunning islands in the Canaries, Walker was one of the first to congratulate the British world champion. 

“It’s been another absolutely wonderful season and Lewis Hamilton is world champion, not for the first time, but for the second time!” Walker said.  “Lewis Hamilton richly deserves the reward of being world champion.  Mind you, Nico Rosberg would have deserved the reward too; he’s been almost as good as Lewis Hamilton this season, but not quite.  A British driver winning first place in the F1 World Championship, what could be better than that?”

As one of Cunard’s most popular Insights speakers, Walker entertained guests during the cruise with anecdotes from his worldwide travels and “Magical Monaco” as he discussed his days as the BBC’s favourite F1 commentator. Of course, it wasn’t all work on board for the national treasure, who still managed to find time to relax while sharing his motor sport expertise. 

“I’ve travelled on Queen Victoria before, so I know what a lovely ship she is,” said Walker. “However, I haven’t been on her for a while, so when my wife and I decided we wanted to get some sunshine, we thought this cruise to the Canary Islands would suit us perfectly. We’ve had fourteen wonderful nights!”

When asked what his favourite part of the cruise was, Walker had no hesitation. “I think the Grills experience has been wonderful. The restaurant area is extremely nice and the staff have been absolutely terrific, great fun and they looked after us extremely well. 

“I also have to say that for someone who does quite a lot of talking, I have really enjoyed the talks I have done as an Insights speaker,” continued Walker.  “The Royal Court Theatre was full every time, and it’s enormously warming when you walk out on stage and you see every seat occupied, because it means people really are interested in what you have to say.”
David Dingle, chairman of Cunard Line, was thrilled the popular speaker enjoyed his time on Queen Victoria at this pivotal time in British motor sport history. He said, “It goes without saying that Murray Walker is a motor sport legend and a national treasure. We have been so privileged to have him on board during this crucial stage of the F1 World Championship. He is always incredibly popular, but at this stage of the F1 title, he has been busier than ever. The only thing left to say is congratulations to our British F1 world champion, Lewis Hamilton, who had us all on the edge of our seats yesterday.”

Information source: Cunard Line

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