United Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9363 posts, RR: 13 Posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7372 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?
MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 11137 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7313 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.
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
einsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 4067 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 7041 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.
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