Winter 2003-2004: Focus On Sea-Keeping Abilities

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The Queen Mary 2 is designed and built with the heavy seas of the North Atlantic in mind, said Jean-Jacques Gatepaille, naval architect for the QM2 at Chantiers de l'Atlantique. 

The ship's structure has been reinforced compared to cruise ships, Gatepaille explained, adding that at the owner's request, the yard has calculated 40 years of service for the ship, compared to the normal 25 years for passenger vessels.

Winter 2003-2004: A Ship For The Sea

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"She is a ship for the sea," said Stephen Payne, director of project management at Carnival Corporate Shipbuilding in London and the designer and senior naval architect for the QM2. He is also responsible for the site teams for Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa Crociere, Cunard Line, and Holland America Line at five different yards.

"The QM2 is designed specifically to go transatlantic at speed any time of the year. She has the necessary reserve power to go through a storm or to divert and go around," Payne continued.

Winter 2003-2004: Global Strategy

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The business model driving Carnival Corporation is recognition and respect for each brand. "The value of each company is more than its name," said Micky Arison, chairman and CEO. "Each brand needs its own unique history and unique future in order to be successful," he said. "Each company has its own true culture, which the customer expects to find.

Winter 2003-2004: The Human Factor

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Bigger ships carrying more crew and passengers also mean that the consequences will be bigger if something were to happen.

"Traditionally, the human factor has been the key to safe operations at sea," said Jonathan Earthy, principle human factor specialist at Lloyd's Register EMEA (LR). "We are looking at thousands of years of evolution. But now, the business requirements and the technological development are happening faster than evolution can cope.