Queen Elizabeth 2 – A Floating Luxury Hotel
The owners of the QE2 cruise liner have announced plans to renovate the retired cruise liner as a floating luxury hotel.
The Queen Elizabeth 2, which has been berthed in the inner harbour of Port Rashid in the UAE since 2009, will undergo a multi-million pound makeover and potentially be based in either Hong Kong or Singapore.
The renovated vessel will house 500 luxury hotel rooms, a shopping centre, restaurants, a maritime museum and an array of dazzling features. The QE2’s owners have enlisted the help of Oceanic Group – who are based in Singapore – to advise on the vessels rennovations. Speaking on behalf of the Oceanic Group, Daniel Chui claims that the organisation are going to “lavish many millions of dollars” on the cruise ship with a view to restoring her “to the splendour of her glory days as an icon of the very best the world has to offer”.
In 2009, an estate development company in the UAE had planned to re-launch the QE2 as a floating hotel a stones’ throw away from the Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah resort. However, financial issues that arose due to the economic downturn halted any progress and the ship has remained at Port Rashid until now.
The QE2 completed over 800 Atlantic crossings for Cunard between 1968 and 2008.