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If you wonder what happened to the Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 ship and where is the famous QE2 cruise ship now – read our QE2 ship latest news from Dubai. RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship of Dubai to be sold to a Singapore private company.

Here we also give you the rms QE2 cruise ship details (specifications and statistics) and all the fun facts – all about her crew/passenger/fuel capacity, consumption, dimensions, weight, speed, location (where is the QE2 ship today/now) and more.

Queen Elizabeth 2 ship in Dubai, UAE

According to the latest QE2 ship news, this historically iconic and most famous (and still not scrapped) ocean liner of the old she will be refitted and transformed into a floating luxury hotel in Southeast Asia. The rms Queen Elizabeth 2 ship owner Istithmar World (an UAE investment firm with assets in North America, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa, a subsidiary of the Dubai World investment group) have decided to sell the ship to the Singapore-based investment holding Oceanic Group (a leading company in the Asia-Pacific cruise/leisure industry). The previous decision of Istithmar was the QE2 ship to be the luxury hotel hit on the “Palm Jumeirah” island (see the photo). RMS QE2 has been berthed in Port Rashid since her retirement from service in late 2008 when Dubai World through Istithmar acquired the ship from the Cunard Line for about £60 million – an absolutely great deal for the most famous UK cruise brand (well, probably after P&O) and its corporate owner Carnival Corporation & PLC, that’s for sure!

ms Queen Elizabeth 2 ship – latest QE2 news

After a dry-dock refurbishment, rms QE2 cruise ship will sail to Hong Kong to start a brand new life as a top-class luxury hotel. According to the renovation plans, the Hong Kong hotel-ship guests will have the happy choice of choosing among her 100 suites (sizes range from 500- to 1200 sq-ft) and 300 Hotel-deluxe staterooms (sizes from 300- to 800 sq-ft), while dining options will include 7 restaurants and 10 bars&lounges. Additional spending opportunities – a line of top luxury boutique shops and the Royal Spa/Fitness facility. I am so glad this cruise liner has a better fate than the ms Mardi Gras ship! The Carnival Cruise Lines’ first ever ship – and the whole Carnival’s early history – was scrapped away for a petty money profit for all the CCL’s “starving” shareholders!

The QE2 ship is now owned by a Dubai-based invest consortium (called “QE2 Shipping LLC”), the ship has been brought back into the Lloyd’s Register by teams from the Dubai’s shipyard operator “Drydocks World” and the “Oceanic Group”. She was also provided with a crew of 32. The QE2 is currently undergoing various repairs and renewals, among which engine upgrades (to make the ship seaworthy), hull, structural and safety checks, various systems inspections (including ballast tanks, air conditioning, cooling), cleaning (including of deep tanks and diesel oil tanks), refits of stabilizers, bow thrusters, etc.

Queen Elizabeth 2 ship renovation – plans for the QE2 transformation into an all suite luxury hotel

Representatives of some of the biggest shipyards in China (among which Cosco, Rong Sheng, China Merchant, China Shipping) were invited to Dubai for the QE2 inspection. Their tech teams are currently preparing the work scope based on all the inspections of the vessel. At the next press conference (scheduled for August in Shanghai, China) will be officially announced the name of the shipyard where the QE2 ship transformation will be done. All the ms Queen Elizabeth 2 ship memorabilia will be removed from her, shipped to Singapore and stored there in a secured warehouse. After her renovation, they will be reassembled.

QE2 Cunard Queen Elizabeth 2 ship hotel

On the new QE2 interior design aspects, several international design companies (among which Benoy, Francis Leung, Ong&Ong, Lynn Wilson Associates, Jeday Associates) are submitting design plans. Some of the last changes (to the original plans) are the QE2 ship to become an all suite hotel (accommodation sizes to vary from 60 to 150 m2 (646 to 1615 ft2), larger suites will be for longstay residences. Their designs will be submitted and placed on the where visitors will be able to vote for the best design.

The right scheme shows the Cunard QE2 cruise ship hotel transformation plans (the project is officially named “The QE2-New Life”). Click on the image to enlarge and see in details what’s becoming what.

Cunard QE2 cruise ship details- specifications, statistics, facts

Cunard Queen Elizabeth 2 ship history

Cunard Queen Elizabeth 2 current position

On the VesselFinder’s map below you can see where is QE2 cruise ship now.

Too bad Cunard decided to relocate such an important piece of their unique history to Asia. In my modest opinion, they should have retired their ocean lady and make her a hotel in London, or Southampton – some place British, and definitely not Asian. People should export goods, not history. The same mistake was made by the parent company Carnival, with their first ever ship Mardi Gras (former name rms Empress of Canada) – sold for scrap. Shame – scrapping ocean liner history for paper money when they can profit way much more by using these ships as hotels or museums! But again, these are companies, not people, and a company thinks money. But the fact still remains – that they are selling luxury history for cheap money. And I probably should omit “cheap” here – paper always comes cheap.
rms Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship

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