The one where the QE2 became a luxury hotel…

The QE2 farewells Dubai but not before a multi-million dollar refurbishment!

The QE2 farewells Dubai but not before a multi-million dollar refurbishment!

Cunard’s former flagship, the QE2, has found a final resting place in Asia.

Plans seemed underway for a UK return for the liner earlier this month or a possible sale for scrap, but Dubai-based owners, Istithmar decided instead to create a consortium to preserve the liner, led by Singapore-based investment group Oceanic.

The QE2 was moved to Drydocks World Dubai last week, where she will undergo “classification checks prior to her renovation as a luxury floating hotel,” according to a statement by Drydocks World.

A number of Asian cities have expressed interest in porting the liner, but, whilst an announcement is yet to be made, reports suggest that Singapore and Hong Kong are the most likely options.

The multi-million dollar refurbishment is expected to include both residences and a hotel, along with retail outlets, the QE2, three Michelin-starred restaurants, function rooms and a maritime museum.

“We are greatly privileged to be part of this move to create history with this project, which is perhaps one of the most defining moments in maritime travel,” Drydocks World & Maritime World chairman Khamis Juma Buamim said.

The QE2 Floating Hotel website is now live and features artist impressions of the ship post refurbishment.

Originally written by Natalie Aroyan for e-Travel Blackboard.

Writer’s note:

I am so glad that Istithmar decided against selling such a gorgeous ship for scrap. Whilst I never had the opportunity to sail on her, I truly do look forward to staying onboard when she is transformed into a luxe hotel.

Hoping with all hope that she is ported in Singapore…where do you think she should spend the rest of her days?

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