Owners confirm QE2 going to South Africa

Daily Echo: Queen Elizabeth 2 is to be berthed in Cape Town, South Africa, her owners have confirmed. Queen Elizabeth 2 is to be berthed in Cape Town, South Africa, her owners have confirmed.

THE owners of legendary Southampton cruise liner Queen Elizabeth 2 have confirmed that they are moving her to South Africa, as revealed by the Daily Echo.

Dubai firm Nakheel said that it would berth the former Cunarder at Victoria and Alfred waterfront in Cape Town to help provide accommodation during the 2010 Football World Cup.

It comes just eight months after thousands of wellwishers lined the Solent to bid farewell to the 40-year-old liner for the final time after she was sold off for £50m to become a luxury hotel in Dubai.

However, plans to convert the former Cunard liner have been torpedoed by the global recession and a slump in Dubai property prices, and she is currently lying in a deserted container berth.

Nakheel, part of the Dubai royal family’s development empire, had planned to extend QE2 by 100ft and remove her funnel as part of the development.

The company has been forced to deny consistent rumours that the troubled project could be in jeopardy, and ruled out a sale or sending her to the scrapyard.

Approach Last month the Daily Echo revealed that an approach had been made to pave the way for QE2 to make a stunning return to her home city.

Well-placed sources said that port bosses had been contacted about the possibility of a comeback by the grand old lady of the sea towards the end of the year.

A senior cruise industry figure told the Daily Echo then that there were major doubts over Nakheel’s lavish plans and said that it would not be insurmountable to return her to service.

He added that he had heard of plans to run cruises out of Dubai on QE2 and to take her to South Africa.

A spokesman for Nakheel said: “It is clear that Cape Town provides the best opportunity for us to open QE2 to visitors as quickly as possible. In addition, the forthcoming Football World Cup makes a sensible business case.”

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3:06pm Tue 21 Jul 09

BrixtonSaint says...

Bring the old girl home. Dock her between Town Quay and Ocean Terminal (ok the small marina will have to go) and make her the centre piece of Southampton's desire to regenerate it's waterside. Properly this time.
Bring the old girl home. Dock her between Town Quay and Ocean Terminal (ok the small marina will have to go) and make her the centre piece of Southampton's desire to regenerate it's waterside. Properly this time. BrixtonSaint

3:10pm Tue 21 Jul 09

Nikki Goff says...

After the ship has finished with the world cup, why not bring it here for the 2012 Olympics, the same company were going to build a floating hotel in london for just that.
By the way that year is also the 100th anniversary of the Titanic, Ocean liners will be well fashionable. A chance for the owners to make loads of money!
After the ship has finished with the world cup, why not bring it here for the 2012 Olympics, the same company were going to build a floating hotel in london for just that. By the way that year is also the 100th anniversary of the Titanic, Ocean liners will be well fashionable. A chance for the owners to make loads of money! Nikki Goff

3:24pm Tue 21 Jul 09

News Fanatic says...

I thought the Football World Cup was in South Africa in 2010, not 2012.
I thought the Football World Cup was in South Africa in 2010, not 2012. News Fanatic

3:51pm Tue 21 Jul 09

Keith Oftergrass says...

News Fanatic wrote:
I thought the Football World Cup was in South Africa in 2010, not 2012.
Haven't you heard, they're running a couple of years behind schedule...but it's okay becasue the Olympics 2012 will be at least 4 years ( and many £billions) over !!!!
[quote][p][bold]News Fanatic[/bold] wrote: I thought the Football World Cup was in South Africa in 2010, not 2012.[/p][/quote]Haven't you heard, they're running a couple of years behind schedule...but it's okay becasue the Olympics 2012 will be at least 4 years ( and many £billions) over !!!! Keith Oftergrass

4:30pm Tue 21 Jul 09

goard says...

So it's rent a boat now - poor old QE2. Nobody loves a fairy when she's over 40. Too expensive to keep her here, boats use to be called a 'She' and now it's an 'It'. How about parking her up stream and let us all enjoy the ambiance of yesteryear - All concerts, conferances, even marriages could be held, hotel accommodation, arty crafty shops, she has enough room to fulfil all our dreams.

goard
So it's rent a boat now - poor old QE2. Nobody loves a fairy when she's over 40. Too expensive to keep her here, boats use to be called a 'She' and now it's an 'It'. How about parking her up stream and let us all enjoy the ambiance of yesteryear - All concerts, conferances, even marriages could be held, hotel accommodation, arty crafty shops, she has enough room to fulfil all our dreams. goard goard

5:58pm Tue 21 Jul 09

Boris Remmington says...

With luck it will be hi-jacked by Somali pirates and sunk on route so we won't have to read anymore Echo hype
With luck it will be hi-jacked by Somali pirates and sunk on route so we won't have to read anymore Echo hype Boris Remmington

6:57pm Tue 21 Jul 09

Propercynic says...

Boris Remmington wrote:
With luck it will be hi-jacked by Somali pirates and sunk on route so we won't have to read anymore Echo hype
You miserable git.

Be nice to see her back in Southampton, but sadly that's highly unlikely.
[quote][p][bold]Boris Remmington[/bold] wrote: With luck it will be hi-jacked by Somali pirates and sunk on route so we won't have to read anymore Echo hype[/p][/quote]You miserable git. Be nice to see her back in Southampton, but sadly that's highly unlikely. Propercynic

9:35pm Tue 21 Jul 09

Lord Ikea says...

I sold an old Vauxhall Carlton a few years back. I keep telling the new owner where to drive it and where to park it so I can see it but he ignores me for some reason. Strange?
I sold an old Vauxhall Carlton a few years back. I keep telling the new owner where to drive it and where to park it so I can see it but he ignores me for some reason. Strange? Lord Ikea

12:01am Wed 22 Jul 09

Sneakyninja says...

Is it me or is this the same 'report' form sometime ago, just reworded EVER so slightly.

Bring the old queen home, where she belongs!
Is it me or is this the same 'report' form sometime ago, just reworded EVER so slightly. Bring the old queen home, where she belongs! Sneakyninja

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