MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10502 posts, RR: 38 Posted (5 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2772 times:
The iconic former Cunard ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 is renamed NEW LIFE by their new owners "Oceanic Group" a dual Singapore/HongKong maritime company.
This is the latest update in full from Louis de Souza. Louis, who worked on board QE2 for several years, has contacts with crew members on the ship at Dubai Dry Docks.
QE2 Status as of 29th June 2013
*Power onboard still coming from shoreside but limited so is her AC
*Captain and Crew from Ukraine still onboard
*Only maintance work is carried out by this crew
*Ship is now called NEWLIFE still waiting for more info on this.
*Word is the Chinese have backed off on taking her to China due to damage on engines and tank plates.
*Paint on the ship's exterior is faded her teak is in miserable conditions
*Inside nothing has been changed or demolished but all starting to get in bad conditions
They had renamed France/Norway the Blue Lady and we all know how that ended... a beach in Alang... this time it ay very well be a scrap yard in China with the former QE2 being sold for metal cost.
It's all been Dubai-ous since she arrived at Port Rashid
babybus From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3626 posts, RR: 5 Reply 2, posted (5 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2725 times:
I loved those pictures of the QE2 in that article. She is a real stunner.
The MENA countries have no culture of maintenance, things just fall apart from neglect. I suspect this is what will happen to the QE2. One day that company will turn around and say she is beyond repair and by the sounds of it that day is not too far off.
I have no real issues with her neglect in Dubai, as this is only to be expected, but I'm more outraged (for want of a better word) that the UK did not really attempt to save this iconic piece of British design from the scrapheap.
and with that..cabin crew, seats for landing please.
Birdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3683 posts, RR: 52 Reply 3, posted (5 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2720 times:
While this might be big news for some people, I think the label "Breaking News" is hardly appropriate. Now if the ship sinks then it might be "breaking news", but here we're talking about some derelict cruise ship that had its name changed. Here's more breaking news: This happens every day!
All the things you probably hate about travelling are warm reminders that I'm home
KiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 6021 posts, RR: 3 Reply 9, posted (5 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2592 times:
Quoting Flighty (Reply 8): Breaking News: QE2 is going to the breakers.
She surely is, she's a gonner like I always said she would be, the ship is a huge sinkhole for money, it's just not worth the cost to convert to a floating hotel nor will anyone really be able to afford to keep her in tiptop condition as a museum ship.
DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 17892 posts, RR: 57 Reply 12, posted (5 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2467 times:
Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 5): With the sun right in my face while typing on the A.net forums dark background even with proof reading I must have missed out on this detail in the title.
Thank goodness. I was going to be horrified if they'd done that.
Quoting na (Reply 4): This is not "some derelict cruise ship", its the icon among the older cruise ships.
She is not a CRUISE SHIP! She is an OCEAN LINER. There is a difference. Until 2008 with the launch of Queen Mary 2 she was the only remaining ocean liner in the world. Now QM2 is.
An ocean liner has a stronger structure, more powerful engines, and higher freeboard than a cruise ship. While a cruise ship will certainly survive a big storm, an ocean liner is meant to proceed through that storm at speed. A cruise ship is built to withstand heavy seas, while an ocean liner is built to operate normally in heavy seas. Another way of thinking is that a cruise ship is a hull built around a resort hotel, while an ocean liner is a hotel built into a hull.
I am not knocking cruise ships. Cruise ships are fantastic machines designed to perform a mission, but that mission generally involves calm, warm water (Caribbean, Hawaii, etc.), and nobody aboard is in any hurry to get anywhere. On a liner, the setting is the North Atlantic and the goal is to get from New York to Southampton as quickly as possible. Because liners are stronger and more powerful, they also cost about 1.5-2x as much per ton to build as a cruise ship.
The liners were the only way of getting across the ocean for a long time (it was wooden sailing ships before liners) and only vanished from service after the advent of the 707. Within five years of the 707's roll-out, more than 95% of transoceanic travel switched to jet aircraft.
rwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2719 posts, RR: 8 Reply 18, posted (5 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2381 times:
Quoting na (Reply 4): This is not "some derelict cruise ship", its the icon among the older cruise ships. Or would you call the Empire State Building "some old skyscraper", or Madonna "some aging pop singer".
Braybuddy From Brazil, joined Aug 2004, 5476 posts, RR: 34 Reply 21, posted (5 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2140 times:
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 12): She is not a CRUISE SHIP! She is an OCEAN LINER. There is a difference. Until 2008 with the launch of Queen Mary 2 she was the only remaining ocean liner in the world. Now QM2 is
You seem to have a passion for old queens, Doc . . .