We are excited and honored that one of the world’s foremost naval engineers – Stephen Payne, OBE (Order of the British Empire)– will be joining us for a Q&A session on the Cruise Critic Forums.
Mr. Payne, amongst many other achievements, is the designer of the world’s only transatlantic liner, Cunard Line‘s Queen Mary 2.
The forum is already open for you to ask your questions, but you can also join us live on Wednesday September 25, when Mr Payne will be answering questions from 10 am (EDT).
Royal Designer of Industry Mr Payne was with Carnival Corporation for more than 26 years, culminating in the position of Vice President Chief Naval Architect. He had a wide ranging role with Carnival and was instrumental in the design and construction of more than forty passenger ships between January 1985 and December 2010.
His greatest achievement was the design and project management of QM2, which celebrates its 10th anniversary of service next year. He managed the project throughout, leading contract and specification negotiations with the shipyard in the pre-contract phase, monitoring construction and finally accepting delivery of the ship on behalf of Cunard upon its completion.
In recognition of the success of the project, he was awarded the title Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, and was awarded a Special Achievement Award by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
This is your chance to ask Mr Payne any questions you may have about QM2 – or anything else associated with naval design.