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However, before looking at her new role as a
luxury Hotel in
This world-renowned ocean liner was originally
built by the great John Brown Shipyard on the Clyde,
Here we see the great new and revolutionary liner the Queen Elizabeth II still under construction
Please Note: Photographs on this feature are by the author, or from his maritime collection, as provided by PCFC Hotels. There are
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She one of the last few liners built, and she has proudly sailed the oceans since the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 departed on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York on May 2, 1969. There is no doubt the QE2 has endeared herself to countless thousands of passengers. She commenced her days as an oil fired Steamship, although she was never prefixed SS Steam Ship, but RMS, being Royal Mail Ship.
RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 is seen with her original funnel just five months after her maiden voyage in 1969
Photograph is by & © Bill Davidson
In 1986/1987 the Queen Elizabeth II was given brand new modern diesel power plant which proved to be far more cost effective and they remain in place to this day.
The great QE2 as we remember her much later as a fine and popular Cruise Ship
This magnificently designed and much loved
liner and later a cruise ship has sailed close to 6 million miles
during her time in service, and whilst the airlines came to
dominate trans-Atlantic travel with their Boeing 747s, tended to
take passengers from the slower crossings to and from the UK and
the United States, etc. However, the amazing QE2 continued to be
loved by people from all around the world and thus she
transported an amazing 2.5 million passengers, and she sailed
On February 20, 2007 whilst the QE2 was on her annual World Voyage her running mate and Cunards new flagship the Queen Mary 2 (which was on her maiden World Voyage) met each other in Sydney Harbour, Australia with great fanfare.
QE2 and QM2 meet in
by Cunard Line
Amazingly, this was the first time that two
great Cunard Queens had met together in
ships Queen Mary and the newer Queen Elizabeth meet just off
On June 18, 2007 came an announcement from
Cunard that they had sold the QE2 to the
It is worthy to know that over the years, some of RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 had some of the most famous guests onboard such as; British Royalty including HRH Queen Elizabeth II, her son Prince Charles and Princess Diana, King Hussein of Jordan and academy award winning actress Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Bob Hope, Paul Newman, the Beatles, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, David Bowie, Buzz Aldrin also Rod Stewart and many more.
The QE2 departed
QE2 arrived in
The QE2 amongst this grand flotilla of vessels
was also greeted with a low fly-by of an Emirates Airbus
380 and thereafter came a huge fireworks display, while thousands
of people gathered at the Mina Rashid (which is currently
her new home in 2018), waving British and the
triumphant arrival in
She arrived at the time of the height of the
real-estate bubble, however the global economic crash suddenly
came about and the plans for Hotel QE2 went down with it (thank
goodness!). This economic crash left the QE2s owners in
debt for billions of dollars. Rumours continue to circulate year
after year that the ship was going be sold, or she was going to
QE2 is seen during her lay-up in
the MV Dawn Princes was berthed slightly astern of the MS Queen Elizabeth 2
Photograph by & © Reuben Goossens
Three years ago, the Dubai Governments Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC Hotels) took over the QE2 project.
It marks the first foray into hotels for the Corporation, said Mr. Hamza Mustafa the Chief Executive of PCFC Hotels. He also said that the Corporation planned to open other hotels in the future.
A fine photograph revealing the location of the Terminal, and the mighty QE2, with the marina just astern of her
For the liner to become a hotel in Dubai she had to go through an 2.7 million man-hours of transformation to become a superb luxury floating hotel, and she is now permanently docked at a spacious terminal and reception space at Mina Rashid, located next to a marina in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Visit www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions-/dubai-uae-dub-dubai.htm, and remember to stay on board the luxurious Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2 for below you will discover why she is so amazing, as her new owners have done her proud, mixing the great days of the Cunard retaining the magic of the wonderful QE2 throughout most of the ship, yet providing superb modern updated Cabins, Rooms and Suites for you absolute comfort! But her complete story from a Ship to 5 Star Hotel now commences.
The QE2 was moved to dry-dock on March 18, 2018 and a great deal of work commenced on her with countless workers worked on her around the clock. For only the third time in history, the QE2s hull was stripped back to bare metal, and she was fully repainted with fresh new paint.
Queen Elizabeth 2 is seen in
In addition, all her openings below the waterline were welded shut; this included her bow thrusters, as well as her stabilisers, and then sadly her propellers were removed. Of course her lifeboats and the davits had already been removed, and this gave them the opportunity for the boat deck to be widened. Her stern now featured Her name; Queen Elizabeth 2 and directly below her name, they added a distinctive DUBAI tourism logo and then beneath this where the ships registration was originally Southampton, then Port Vila, now it shows Mina Rashid in larger and a bolder style of lettering.
Upon her return to her berth, the ship was
hooked up to
Although the major restoration work has been completed, the Queen Elizabeth 2s features, facilities and some amenities will be unveiled to the public in several phases, with the soft opening Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2 having taken place on Wednesday April 18, and the Grand Launching will take place in October this year!
we see the main entrance to the terminal, which contains the
reception as well as a QE2 and
Note that onboard the QE2 all the lifeboats and davits have been removed in order to provide more deck space
During the soft opening, international Media and invited Guests were able to check out a selection of restored Standard Cabins, Deluxe Rooms and Grand Verandah Suites, as well as 5 of the 13 planned Restaurants and Bars.
At the reception, with a large number of
important Guests in attendance, Mr. Hamza Mustafa the chief
executive of PCFC Hotels, the
There is a huge following around the world for the QE2 because of how famous she is and what she stands for.
On this special day, Queen Elizabeth 2s past running mate the Queen Mary 2arrived in Dubai for a visit during a cruise and Captain Peter Philpott and a good number of senior Officers were invited to the reception.
Mr. Hamza Mustafa (centre right) and Senior Vice President of DP World Mr. Adnan Al Abbar (centre left)
welcomed Queen Mary 2senior s Captain Peter Philpott (centre), and his officers to the opening of the hotel
The reception was housed in a beautifully designed boat-shaped structure on the specially designed quay that will now welcome all Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2 guests. Inside are portraits of United Arab Emirates rulers that hang directly opposite portraits of a young HRH Queen Elizabeth II as well as one of Samuel Cunard, founder of the Cunard company that built this great and very last ever true Trans-Atlantic liner to be built by the original Cunard Line, for as ship lovers well know that later the Cunard was obtained by Carnival Corp., PLC, which changed the company and its new ships greatly!
The Reception Desk in The Boat Shaped terminal
The Terminal Cafe
This is a part of the QE2 & Cunard Museum Exhibit
The Museum Exhibit within the Terminal features a replica of a Tourist
Class cabin from 1969, there is also a life-sized replica of the ships bridge
Currently, 7 of Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2 13 decks are open as a Hotel, with 224 standard Cabins, Deluxe Rooms and Grand Verandah Suites available. Prices range from US$150 per night in the standard Cabin to $15,000 per night in the Deluxe Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary Suites.
Please Note: The next three sections will cover Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2 excellent facilities, such as some of her accommodations (6), Public Venues (7) and a fine range of quality Restaurants and other dining facilities onboard (8).
From this evening angle we can see the QE2s finest accommodations
Guests to Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2 can choose from a wide selection of rooms, from a Standard 17-square-metre Cabin to a 76-square-metre Royal Suites. The two Royal Suites are the Gem in the Crown of this once Grand Liner and they are named after the Queens Mother and Grandmother. Each offers a private spacious Veranda, a Conservatory and Dining Room, a luxurious Bedroom and a glamorous Bathroom.
Passage to cabins and rooms
Part of the bedroom to the huge Deluxe Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary Suites as mentioned above
Just a small view of the famed multi level Duplex Suites
Relaxing on a Suite balcony as well as enjoying fine views
Captains Club Veranda Room
A family on the Captains Club Room balcony enjoying the views
Captains Club Room with three portholes
Captains Club Room looking inwards
This is yet another style of a Captains Club Room
Standard Cabin outside Cabin
Guests come from around the world and stay onboard Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2
A typical bathroom for many rooms
As you will have noticed from the accommodations above, the refurbished ship has retained its original porthole windows in all its rooms, as well as many of her interior design features in other areas, including the period furniture, renowned paintings and a great deal of famous memorabilia.
A view of Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2 as seen from the marina
7. Public Venues Onboard:
A good number of the Restaurants Lounges and
Bars have retained original names as well as the original décor
as in the QE2s former years. Among those to be unveiled on
Wednesday are the ships original dining venues, such as the
Midship Lobby (amidships on Two Deck), The
Chart Room (starboard amidships on Quarter Deck), a
sophisticated and historical lounge and bar The Golden
Lion (starboard amidships on Upper Deck) being a
traditional English Pub, and what is potentially one of
This is one of the QE2s most famous features is the Midship Lobby, and lights illuminate this fine venue and it looks
simply sublime. The murals surrounding the walls tell the story of the great Cunard Liners over the years
The Midships Lobby is located on Two Deck
Here we see the much loved intimate Chart Room Bar
The magnificent Grand Lounge remains completely unaltered
Passage beside The Golden Lion Pub, starboard looking forward
Above & below: Here we see three photographs of the Golden Lion Pub/Bar
On the port side of the Golden Lion is the Casino which can be visited but the
slot machines are no longer are in working order being more of a museum item
Just forward of the Golden Lion Pub and the Casino is the ships Theatre
Here we see a stairwell with an original painting of HRH Queen Elizabeth II
We can either take the stairs or the lifts seen here and to all decks of the ship/hotel
Although her lifeboats and davits have gone, she still looks like a fine Liner!
Several of the original restaurants have retained their original names and décor. The once great liner has a total of 13 bars and restaurants open at this time with more to follow. The popular Pavilion (aft on One Deck), is a popular family Restaurant that has a covered terrace with fine views of the marina aft of the ship. The Lido (aft on Quarter Deck) being the hotels all-day dining Restaurant with a spacious deck that goes right to the stern, and then there is the greatly loved Yacht Club (aft of Upper Deck), this dining venue is a chic rendition of the former venue, it also offers a unique take on the traditional afternoon tea. However, the hotels signature restaurant is the glamorous Queens Grill, famed for offering British fine-dining dishes and a tasting menu recreating classic dishes from the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2s first year sailing the Atlantic in 1969, and on Hotel Queen Elizabeth 2 it continues to do so!
The Yacht Club Restaurant
The Queens Grill for luxurious fine dinning
Here we see some stunning dishes served in the Queens Grill
These special tours of this great liner are
available each day at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 9pm, they commence
at the QE2 Heritage Exhibition, this guided tour takes
Passengers through the ship where they will learn
about the history of the vessel, view original rooms and artifacts
and obtain a glimpse of the accommodations.
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