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Cruise Ship QE2 To Become Floating Hotel

Cunard’s QE2 will become a luxury floating hotel according to Sky News The 70,000-ton vessel, launched by the Queen in 1967, is to be sold to the Dubai World company. The ship will be delivered to Dubai World in November next year. It will be berthed, from 2009, at a specially-constructed pier at The Palm Jumeirah development in Dubai. The QE2 is the longest-serving vessel in the 168-year history of Cunard, which is owned by Carnival Corp, a British/American company. Dubai World, whose investment arm Istithmar has made the purchase of the QE2, already owns shipping company P&O. Source: Sky News


QE2 Set for Relaunch

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Iconic cruise liner to be restored to the former splendor of her glory days after refurbishment into elegant five-star 500-room hotel.   QE2 Dubai announced that MS Queen Elizabeth 2 - known popularly as QE2 - will be moved to Drydocks World Dubai for undertaking classification checks prior to her renovation as a luxury floating hotel. Before itsretirement to Dubai on November 11, 2008, the QE2 took regular cruises around the world as well as operating a scheduled liner service


QE2 Scores 92 On Latest Inspection

Cunard Line's flagship Queen Elizabeth 2 received a score of 92 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vessel Sanitation Program. A satisfactory score is 86. The vessel, which was inspected yesterday in Honolulu, Hawaii, had received a failing score earlier this month from the CDC due to defiencies that were then immediately rectified by the line. According to Pamela Conover, Cunard's president


QE2 and Concorde Combo Back for 2002

When Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 commences its 2002 schedule of transatlantic crossings it will offer travellers the chance to travel in one direction via British Airways’ supersonic Concorde. Passengers can purchase the upgrade to Concorde service for an additional $1,995, a savings of more than $4,000 per person. A six-day QE2 transatlantic crossing between New York and Southampton is priced from $1,349 per person, double occupancy, including all meals, entertainment


QM2 to Arrive in NYC

When QE2 arrives in New York on 25 April and berths next to Queen Mary 2 it will be the first time since March 1940 that two Cunard Queens have berthed together in the port. The send-off will include fireworks as both vessels anchor off the Statue of Liberty. During the six-day crossing both vessels will remain within sight of each other – another event not witnessed since September 1967. Both ships will arrive in their home port of Southampton on 1 May


QE2 to Become Museum Luxury Hotel in Dubai

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Port Rashid's planned Dubai Maritime Museum to give permanent home to the veteran cruise liner QE2 Istithmar World, DP World and the QE2 management announce the iconic QE2 is to have a permanent home at the heart of Port Rashid, the hub of cruising in the Middle East. The vessel will be moored next to the original cruise terminal at Port Rashid and converted into a 300 room luxury hotel, with top quality lifestyle facilities, while the terminal itself will be developed into a maritime museum


Cunard Revitalizes Legendary QE2

Cunard Line's Queen Elizabeth 2, the world's most famous ocean liner, has completed an $18 million refurbishment program. The refit took place at Lloyd Werft Shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany from Nov. 12 to Dec. 11, 1999. From the Grand Lounge and the Queens Room to the renowned restaurants and the Golden Lion Pub, there are new furnishings, draperies, carpeting and woodworking throughout the famous liner. In addition, QE2 added Harrods, the London-based luxury department store


Cunard Line Queens to Meet in New York Harbor

On Sunday, January 13, 2008, Cunard Line operator of The Most Famous Ocean Liners in the World will, for the first and only time, sail their three liner Queens – flagship Queen Mary 2, famed Queen Elizabeth 2 and the new Queen Victoria -- together out of New York harbor. The regal fleet is scheduled to depart at 6:30 p.m. Queen Mary 2 will depart from her home port, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal while QE2 will depart from Pier 92 and Queen Victoria will depart from Pier 88 both at the Manhattan


QE2 Future in Dubai on Hold

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Dubai has cancelled plans to host over 160 events aboard the QE2, which is currently moored at Port Rashid, while the emirate plans how to dispose of the asset. Dubai has cancelled plans to host over 160 events aboard the QE2, the iconic cruise liner it bought for $100m in 2007 and which is currently moored at Port Rashid, Arabian Business has learned. Owned by Istithmar, the investment arm of state-owned Dubai World, since June 2007


QE2 to Hoist Blue Peter Again

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Dubai's QE 2 Holdings Ltd. chairman, His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim, sets out his company's vision of a new life for the veteran cruise liner –  as a hotel ship – in his speech to dignitories. Outlining the work that has been completed, the chairman provided details of the transfer of ownership of the vessel to a new entity called QE2 Shipping LLC, based out of & owned by Dubai & that all necessary registry documentation with the flag state on the ownership of the


UK Defense Contract to LSA

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Liferaft Systems Australia (LSA) has secured a contract worth approximately $4.8m to supply Marine Evacuation Systems to the UK Ministry of Defense for use on two new British aircraft carriers. LSA European Manager Mr. Peter Rea said it was the biggest single contract since the company was


Queen Elizabeth 2 Grouding

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The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) surveyors from the Southampton Marine Office have completed a full inspection of the Queen Elizabeth 2 liner after its Nov. 11 grounding near the Brambles sand bank in the Solent, and they have given the all clear for the ship to continue on its final


Obstacle Avoidance Sonar Installed on Tanker

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A forward-looking sonar from Marine Electronics Ltd of Guernsey, UK, has been installed aboard a British-operated tanker as a major initiative to refine operational safety. The See Echo system was developed by Marine Electronics in cooperation with the ship owner to provide a three-dimensional


Shipbuilding: DDW's Future is Bright

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During the past two years Drydocks World (DDW) has suffered from the restraints of a financial problem following the purchase of one shipyard in Singapore and one on the Indonesian island of Batam (both former Pan United shipyards) and two more on Batam (both former Leroy shipyards).


Cunard Installs Four Rolls Royce Pods On QM2

All four pods have now been fitted to Cunard Line's $780-million Queen Mary 2, currently in the final stages of construction at the Chantiers shipyard here. The milestone marks the first four-pod installation ever. The powerful Rolls Royce Mermaid propulsion system, which was designed for QM2


MAIB Issues Report on QE2 Casualty

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) released its report on the investigation of the escape of steam and hot water on board the Queen Elizabeth 2


Tenders Out for QE2 2004 Repair Job

Tenders are out for the May 2004 refit of Cunard's 34-year-old QE2. It is understood that various European yards are on the list, including some Spanish facilities as well as A&P Southampton, which carried out the vessel's last UK refit at her home port in 1996


Cunard's Queen Victoria Keel Laying Ceremony Takes Place in Italy

A ceremony marking the keel laying for Cunard Line's Queen Victoria was held today at the Marghera shipyard of Fincantieri near Venice, Italy. The second largest Cunarder ever built, Queen Victoria will enter service on December 11, 2007 and become the


Cunard's Queen Victoria Floated Out

Special ceremonies at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard near Venice were held to mark the float out of Cunard's newest Queen, ocean liner Queen Victoria. During the float out, the valves will be opened and the dry-dock flooded for the ship to meet the sea for the first time marking the initial


Master of QM2 Named Commodore

Captain Ronald Warwick, master of Cunard Line's new Queen Mary 2, has been awarded the rank of commodore, the highest position a cruise line can bestow on one of its captains. The announcement was made December 26, 2003, as Queen Mary 2 was welcomed to Southampton - her British home port - for


Feature: Queen Mary 2 New Technology Melded to the North Atlantic Tradition

By David Tinsley, technical editor Confounding the skeptics who said the 70,300-gt Queen Elizabeth 2 would be the last transatlantic liner ever built, the 150,000-gt Queen Mary 2 is set to make her service debut in January 2004, signifying a $780-million investment in a luxury passenger


Queen to Name QM2

Cunard is delighted to confirm that Her Majesty The Queen will name the company's new flagship Queen Mary 2 at a ceremony to take place in Southampton, England, on Thursday, January 8, 2004. Her Majesty will be accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh


QM2 Passes Sea Trials

Cunard Line's flagship Queen Mary 2 returned from the sea after having completed her sea trials with flying colours. The largest, longest, tallest, widest, and at - $780-million - the most expensive passenger liner ever built underwent four days of rigorous testing of her power


The Lure of the Electric Drive

By Stuart C. Karon and Dr. Swarn Kalsi, American Superconductor In the September 2002 issue of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, a detailed discussion was featured on the advantages of future High Temperature Superconductor (HTS) machinery for propulsion of electric drive ships


Cunard’s Queen Victoria Gets SAM Electronics

Cunard’s new Fincantieri-built 90,000gt cruiseliner, Queen Victoria, due to be named in Southampton by the Duchess of Cornwall accompanied by the Prince of Wales in December, has been fitted with a SAM Electronics’ NACOS 65-5 integrated navigation command system featuring a radar-controlled


 
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