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Update: What's Up With The QE2 Cruise Ship Now?  
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9210 posts, RR: 15
Posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6421 times:

What's up with the QE2 cruise ship now? Willl she be sold again? Wonder if the administrators can overturn the decision that she cannot pick passengers? Will she join another cruise company or even rejoin Cunard?

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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10930 posts, RR: 37
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6362 times:

When Cunard-ival sold the Ship to Nakheel/Dubai World, there was a no resale clause in the contract. One offer came for purchasing the ship. The offer suspected to be coming from the Alang scrap yard got turned down. This was the only offer so far.

The Ship's situation: The QE2, former Queen of the Seas, is still sitting at Port Rashid all the way at the end of the Passenger Cruise Terminal pier. Seems they are just happy to let her sit there.

She was put in dry dock last November for a complete repaint job and full inspection as there was a (failed) plan to send her to Cape Town as a hotel during the Football World Cup. There is a crew of about 25 people under command of VShips taking care of her. They are not living on the ship but in hotels in the city.

No one can get access on board unless you are a prospective sponsor of some sort or a Dubai VVIP or mega-yacht owner with a plan/project for the Ship.

There was some mysterious mess on the starboard quarter since last June; some black traces probably from soot. It was soot, but not from the funnel ( the prevailing wind drifts off to the port quarter ); it came from the quayside generators supplementing the air conditioning. During last week it has been cleaned of and QE2 is now in sparkling showroom condition once again.

You can see the QE2 on this link to a live Dubai webcam.

http://www.dubaicoast.ae/coastimages...ex.jsp?camera=0&format=1&view=View

Click on the picture, it will then open an enlargable version in a new window by another click on the picture again to enlarge.

http://dubaicameraimages.hrwallingford.co.uk/Dei001.jpg

Scroll all the way up to the right side and all the way to the left and you will get a view of the Ship.

 



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9210 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6334 times:

Will she ever cruise for Cunard or another company like the SS Norway?

User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10930 posts, RR: 37
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6322 times:

Quoting United Airline (Reply 2):
Will she ever cruise for Cunard or another company

Not any chance I am afraid... not taking passengers.

She needs a engine overhaul. They need the engines operational to keep the aircon on... There is a limit to how far they can run them without overhaul.

To move her they must have 8 of the 9 engines in certificate because Lloyds require her to be capable of operating with one engine room out of action. So right now they can't move her except by tow anyway.

Also, as of the 1st July she was automatically banned from most waters, including Europe and the USA, because her sewage system does not meet the new standards which came into force on that date. This is a far bigger problem than SOLAS.

 



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9210 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6265 times:

What about river cruises or SS Norway style of cruising?

What would have happened if the Dubai government didn't bid for QE2 back then? The ship might still be in service with Cunard maybe?


User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7818 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6242 times:

Quoting United Airline (Reply 4):
What about river cruises

What river would be deep enought?


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10930 posts, RR: 37
Reply 6, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6225 times:

Quoting United Airline (Reply 4):
What would have happened if the Dubai government didn't bid for QE2 back then? The ship might still be in service with Cunard maybe?

The same as asking if Concorde would still be in service would the fatal crash not have happened exactly 10 years ago today.

These are all useless questions that lead to nowhere.

If you love the QE2 and want to get a close up view from the pier you can take one of the Costa cruise ships that dock in Dubai. Some of them stay 24 hours, sometimes longer, during the Winter season.

This is what you get.



or maybe even this if you are lucky



This is the only way.

We miss her badly, our Queen of the Seas, just as badly as we miss Concorde, Queen of the Skies.

 



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9210 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6175 times:

Hope it will sail again..............

What's up with Saga Rose now?


User currently offlinespeedygonzales From Norway, joined Sep 2007, 745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6110 times:

A picture from 5 years in the future:
http://www.motek.no/pix/448/SPIKER_rh%20ring%20bl.jpg



Las Malvinas son Argentinas
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10930 posts, RR: 37
Reply 9, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6104 times:

Quoting speedygonzales (Reply 8):

I am not sure the Sheikhs would sell her to the scrapyard. The place in Alang made an offer. It got turned down.

There is probably enough money in the UAE to keep her "as is" for another number of years until maybe they find a way to turn her into a viable project. The Sheikhs have got a lot of pride.



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7818 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6093 times:

She will probably end up like the SS United States and rot at her pier for decades before someone puts her out of her misery.

User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3362 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6090 times:

Well, what if she's converted into a floating hotel? Just a moderate overhaul and viola! Heck, if Qatar could house the largest, biggest ship in the world as a floating storage unit, I'm sure Dubai could house a former cruise ship.


"You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky."
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9210 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6023 times:

BTW Cunard has a new CEO right???? What happened to the woman?

User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10930 posts, RR: 37
Reply 13, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5968 times:

The Ship will not be scrapped. She will stay in Dubai.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 9):
There is probably enough money in the UAE to keep her "as is" for another number of years until maybe they find a way to turn her into a viable project.

Now official.

Hope floats, QE2 not headed to the scrapyard
Options being considered for QE2, none of which involves her leaving Dubai

A company spokesperson for Istithmar told XPRESS: "There are a number of options being considered for QE2, none of which involves her leaving Dubai."

http://gulfnews.com/business/shippin...t-headed-to-the-scrapyard-1.661039

Cost of QE2 maintenance is peanuts for a place like Dubai.
Nice picture of the Ship with the EK 380 flyover. Brings back memories of a wonderful time at sea!



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9210 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5840 times:

Wonder why they did nothing to SS Norway. No floating hotel nothing

User currently offlinebananaboy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1587 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5752 times:

Quoting United Airline (Reply 12):
BTW Cunard has a new CEO right???? What happened to the woman?

I think you are thinking about Carol Marlow who was President & Managing Director. She's now MD at P&O Cruises.

http://www.pocruises.com/LandingPage/marlow/carol_marlow.pdf


Mark



All my life, I've been kissing, your top lip 'cause your bottom one's missing
User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7818 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5741 times:

Quoting United Airline (Reply 14):
Wonder why they did nothing to SS Norway. No floating hotel nothing

It wasn't economic to keep her, worth more as scrap.


User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9210 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5695 times:

Quoting bananaboy (Reply 15):
I think you are thinking about Carol Marlow who was President & Managing Director. She's now MD at P&O Cruises.

http://www.pocruises.com/LandingPage/marlow/carol_marlow.pdf


Mark

Is P and O cruises owned by Carnival Group? Why did she switch?

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 16):
It wasn't economic to keep her, worth more as scrap.

She could still be around if there was no explosion


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10930 posts, RR: 37
Reply 18, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5674 times:

Quoting United Airline (Reply 17):
Is P and O cruises owned by Carnival Group?

You wll find the answer here.

http://www.carnivalukgroup.com/

Quoting United Airline (Reply 17):
Why did she switch?

You will have to ask her.
Maybe a better career opportunity. Maybe a personal choice.



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9210 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5619 times:

Was SS France a top high end cruise at that time? How exclusive/expensive/jhigh class was it? I know SS Norway was an ordinary cruise......

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