The one where New Year’s Eve was celebrated on the QE2…

Almost 800 guests boarded the illustrious QE2 on New Year’s Eve for the ship’s first major event since leaving her home of Southampton for Port Rashid, Dubai three years ago.

Organised by Global Event Management, the black tie gala was touted one of the hottest tickets in the world with a price tag starting from AED 3000 and was expected to attract such names as Lindsay Lohan and Pamela Anderson.

Whilst the American celebrities may not have been in attendance, a more British affair was awaiting guests who enjoyed the sound and light display projected onto the ship coupled with a Brit-pop medley featuring The Beatles and Coldplay before boarding at 8pm.

“It was a great way to see in the New Year,” a guest told Cruise In Review.

“Overall, although the ship itself is dated, its history of being a first class ship and having an opportunity to be on board was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Festivities were reserved to the outer decks with tight security onboard ensuring guests did not tour the interior of the historic ship.

An announcement is expected in the coming months to confirm the future of the QE2 with original reports stating she will be turned into a 200-room floating hotel off the Palm Jumeirah.

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