The former Cunard Line flagship Queen Elizabeth 2, 70,327gt, is to be refitted for service as a luxury floating hotel at an as yet un-named port in Asia.
The ship had arrived in Dubai on Nov 11, 2008, at the end of her service with the Cunard Line but the original plan to convert her to a floating hotel was hit by the economic situation and she was laid up at Dubai.
Unveiling its plan for the ship this January, the Dubai company, QE2 Dubai, said it has created a large consortium to convert the QE2 into a five-star hotel with 500 rooms managed by a prestigious international hotel as an operator.
“The Oceanic Group, a group of experienced advisers to cruise operators and managers in Asia, will take the lead in managing this project while Drydocks World Dubai will carry out extensive technical and operational checks prior to her move into Asia,” QE2 Dubai said.
“The vision for the QE2 is for her to become a landmark cultural and tourist attraction – a beacon of luxury, glamour, quality and tradition – in the heart of a leading Asian city that shares her rich maritime heritage and is prepared to give this very special ship the prominent waterfront home she so richly deserves.
“The consortium will lavish many millions of dollars on this magnifi cent ship to restore her to the splendour of her glory days as an icon of the very best the world has to offer. “A number of Asian cities have expressed interest in securing this historic attraction. We have firmed up with an international tourist city in the Far East as her first destination.
“The chosen city shares the passion of the partnership for preserving the history and reputation of this great ship that holds a special place in the collective memory of the many passengers that have sailed on her during nearly 40 years of service.”