MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10899 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 8 hours ago) and read 2611 times:
There was a large article in Saturday's Daily Telegraph about the construction projects in Dubai; it's all dried up - even work on the Palm islands has ground to a halt despite hundreds of people having paid deposits up front on plots on the unbuilt parts. And while it didn't mention QE2 in the article, bear in mind that her ultimate home is supposed to be part of the Palms complex...
CHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 1 hour ago) and read 2555 times:
How can you castrate a ship?
A ship is female. The QE2 is female. "castrate" is totally the wrong word. I know it wasnt you Madame, but that sort of thing irks me - show her some respect by at least using the right word!
Fact is she is elderly and the market changed away from her - same with your beloved Concorde. Its sad, but the world wants CODAG or gas/electric-powered megaship resorts with as many balconies as cabins, not a stately ocean liner that costs a fortune to run and didnt meet the upcoming SOLAS requirements without major work. She was small by comparison to the megaships and just not cost effective. The QM2 is a worthy and beautiful successor.
To be brutally honest, you should be happy she's around at all - there are vessels just as beautiful and historic that met a grisly end on the beaches of Alang.
What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
Mal787 From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 694 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2494 times:
To be honest it is a cruise ship that is beyond its operating days, It is of no real historical or national value ( if it was the Engish Govt' would have kept it or encouragded a private venture to do so ) So why not tow it out to sea and make it an artificial reef, great for the local sea life and an awsone diving spot.
MarSciGuy From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 549 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2486 times:
I'm going to agree with CHRISBA777ER and Mal787 - a ship, however elegant and historic, is a vessel used for transportation of cargo, whether inanimate or animate. The QE2 has a long legacy that we should promote and preserve but to actually preserve the vessel itself - which is made of steel of one variant or another - in a saline body of water for time immemorial is not pratical economically, monetarily or otherwise - and I spends a third of the year at sea so I can appreciate ships and am not against them at all .
"There weren't a ton of gnats there where a ton of gnats and their families as well!"
One member of the First to Fly group will be on the first EK 380 flight from BKK to DXB on June 1st.. Ii hope for pictures of the Ship more than the EK380. The QE2 is unique while there are already lots of 380s flying.
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde