Pictured (above – top): image from The QE2 Dubai Facebook page, pictured (above – below): screenshot from the new QE2 website
The future of The Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2), one of the world’s most famous ocean liners, has been under much speculation since it retired from carrying passengers in 2008.
It sailed the seas as both a transatlantic liner and a cruise ship from 1969 to 2008 from the UK to New York City. Built in Clydebank, Scotland the QE2 was considered the last of the great transatlantic ocean liners until the QM2 entered service.
When QE2 retired from active Cunard service in November 2008, she had been acquired by Dubai World which planned to begin conversion of the vessel to a 500-room floating hotel.
Latest reports reveal that the QE2 has been moved to Dubai Drydocks World to begin her transformation into a world-class hotel at Port Rashid. A recent post from The QE2 Dubai Facebook page states: “Famed for her storied past from the 1960s, the Queen Elizabeth 2 is docked permanently at Dubai’s Mina Rashid and will soon become a floating entertainment, heritage and hotel destination.”
Fan website QE2 Story was the first to post of the ship docking at Port Rashid, with other reports suggesting that the hotel will open as early as this month. Cruise Arabia reporting that this has come from new information from the reservations team at PCFC Hotels, the operator of the new floating hotel concept.
In anticipation of the hotel launch, a new website recently went live with a “we’re hiring” notice at the top of the agenda.
At http://www.qe2.com – a “coming soon” banner is proceeded with promises of a “new take on hospitality” and a “royal experience”. You can also submit your email address to receive updates.
Pictured: On the new QE2 Dubai Facebook account, the above image was posted on 1st April 2018 revealing a first look at one of the newly renovated hotel rooms with the following statement…
“Comfortable, refined and replete with the authentic elegance of her former years, the Queen Elizabeth 2 rooms and suites have been thoughtfully restored with all of the modern technological conveniences of today, blended with her maritime interiors. Expect dark wood paneling, comfortable bedding, fresh paneling and vintage appliances redefined. It’s not long until her new journey begins…watch this space! #stillmakinghistory”
Pictured: The QE2 Dubai Facebook also revealed a first look at a renovated bar inside the hotel with the following caption…
“Discover a world of gastronomy, entertainment and nightlife experiences onboard the QE2. From casual and fine dining, to grand theaters and nightclubs – she will have a selection of 12 diverse venues to uncover at her prime location in Dubai’s Mina Rashid… #stillmakinghistory”
We at talkabouthospitality will ensure to keep you as up to date as possible on the future of this treasured ship as a top hotel. Find out more on The QE2 Dubai Facebook page
Pictured: screenshot from the new QE2 website – http://www.qe2.com