QE2 to open as hotel in Dubai in next 18 months

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Dubai has settled on a use for the Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise liner it bought for £64 million, with plans to make it into a floating hotel fitted with the original furnishings.

The 300-room hotel is expected to open within 18 months at the city's Port Rashid.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of the company that bought the ship, said they realised visitors wanted to see the QE2 as it originally looked, so they are not planning major changes as part of the conversion.

The ship's fate has been the subject of intense speculation since Dubai bought it in 2007. Original plans to completely overhaul it as a luxury hotel were scrapped when Dubai's economy tumbled into crisis.

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11:11am Mon 2 Jul 12

The Salv says...

What an utter loss to Southampton this ship has become. This could have been Southamptons historic ship, Southamptons answer to Bristols SS Great Britain, Londons Cutty Sark, Portsmouths Victory etc etc, missed out big time I feel.
What an utter loss to Southampton this ship has become. This could have been Southamptons historic ship, Southamptons answer to Bristols SS Great Britain, Londons Cutty Sark, Portsmouths Victory etc etc, missed out big time I feel. The Salv

11:20am Mon 2 Jul 12

Shoong says...

The Salv wrote:
What an utter loss to Southampton this ship has become. This could have been Southamptons historic ship, Southamptons answer to Bristols SS Great Britain, Londons Cutty Sark, Portsmouths Victory etc etc, missed out big time I feel.
Surely it's better off being used rather than rusting in a dock somewhere..?
[quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: What an utter loss to Southampton this ship has become. This could have been Southamptons historic ship, Southamptons answer to Bristols SS Great Britain, Londons Cutty Sark, Portsmouths Victory etc etc, missed out big time I feel.[/p][/quote]Surely it's better off being used rather than rusting in a dock somewhere..? Shoong

11:33am Mon 2 Jul 12

Vonnie says...

The Salv wrote:
What an utter loss to Southampton this ship has become. This could have been Southamptons historic ship, Southamptons answer to Bristols SS Great Britain, Londons Cutty Sark, Portsmouths Victory etc etc, missed out big time I feel.
And where would Southampton have got the money from to buy it? Be realistic.
[quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: What an utter loss to Southampton this ship has become. This could have been Southamptons historic ship, Southamptons answer to Bristols SS Great Britain, Londons Cutty Sark, Portsmouths Victory etc etc, missed out big time I feel.[/p][/quote]And where would Southampton have got the money from to buy it? Be realistic. Vonnie

12:01pm Mon 2 Jul 12

roblightbody says...

Dubai have looked after QE2 extremely well (I spent 3 days aboard last year to check) and I'm sure Austerity Britain couldn't have done so well. They've spent a fortune caring for her.

If they convert her to a hotel, retaining her beautiful lines and her history (and yes, re-painting SOUTHAMPTON on her stern) I'll be happy.
Dubai have looked after QE2 extremely well (I spent 3 days aboard last year to check) and I'm sure Austerity Britain couldn't have done so well. They've spent a fortune caring for her. If they convert her to a hotel, retaining her beautiful lines and her history (and yes, re-painting SOUTHAMPTON on her stern) I'll be happy. roblightbody

12:18pm Mon 2 Jul 12

allsaintsnocurves says...

I think Southampton would have loved to have bought her but the cost would have been too great. At £64m Southampton would have had to have sold off pretty much all of it's art work to have funded it!
I think Southampton would have loved to have bought her but the cost would have been too great. At £64m Southampton would have had to have sold off pretty much all of it's art work to have funded it! allsaintsnocurves

12:33pm Mon 2 Jul 12

stryker70 says...

i spent some of my best years working onboard this great ship down in the engine rooms...shame southampton couldnt have her instead of dubai..but money talks
i spent some of my best years working onboard this great ship down in the engine rooms...shame southampton couldnt have her instead of dubai..but money talks stryker70

12:38pm Mon 2 Jul 12

The Salv says...

Shoong wrote:
The Salv wrote: What an utter loss to Southampton this ship has become. This could have been Southamptons historic ship, Southamptons answer to Bristols SS Great Britain, Londons Cutty Sark, Portsmouths Victory etc etc, missed out big time I feel.
Surely it's better off being used rather than rusting in a dock somewhere..?
It would be used here as an historic ship, much the same as SS Great Britain in Bristol. Maybe a hotel, maybe as a restaurant, endless opportunities lost.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: What an utter loss to Southampton this ship has become. This could have been Southamptons historic ship, Southamptons answer to Bristols SS Great Britain, Londons Cutty Sark, Portsmouths Victory etc etc, missed out big time I feel.[/p][/quote]Surely it's better off being used rather than rusting in a dock somewhere..?[/p][/quote]It would be used here as an historic ship, much the same as SS Great Britain in Bristol. Maybe a hotel, maybe as a restaurant, endless opportunities lost. The Salv

12:39pm Mon 2 Jul 12

The Salv says...

Vonnie wrote:
The Salv wrote: What an utter loss to Southampton this ship has become. This could have been Southamptons historic ship, Southamptons answer to Bristols SS Great Britain, Londons Cutty Sark, Portsmouths Victory etc etc, missed out big time I feel.
And where would Southampton have got the money from to buy it? Be realistic.
Money? Just do what everyone else seems to bloomin do... EU and Government funding!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Vonnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: What an utter loss to Southampton this ship has become. This could have been Southamptons historic ship, Southamptons answer to Bristols SS Great Britain, Londons Cutty Sark, Portsmouths Victory etc etc, missed out big time I feel.[/p][/quote]And where would Southampton have got the money from to buy it? Be realistic.[/p][/quote]Money? Just do what everyone else seems to bloomin do... EU and Government funding!!!!!! The Salv

1:16pm Mon 2 Jul 12

The Salv says...

allsaintsnocurves wrote:
I think Southampton would have loved to have bought her but the cost would have been too great. At £64m Southampton would have had to have sold off pretty much all of it's art work to have funded it!
You mean all the art work thats in the vaults and never gets seen...
[quote][p][bold]allsaintsnocurves[/bold] wrote: I think Southampton would have loved to have bought her but the cost would have been too great. At £64m Southampton would have had to have sold off pretty much all of it's art work to have funded it![/p][/quote]You mean all the art work thats in the vaults and never gets seen... The Salv

8:16pm Mon 2 Jul 12

CEH393 says...

Vonnie wrote:
The Salv wrote:
What an utter loss to Southampton this ship has become. This could have been Southamptons historic ship, Southamptons answer to Bristols SS Great Britain, Londons Cutty Sark, Portsmouths Victory etc etc, missed out big time I feel.
And where would Southampton have got the money from to buy it? Be realistic.
as I understand it Southampton were offered the QE2 at the time for more or less nothing to keep her here in her home port, but the council said no! I stand to be corrected on this, but as somebody that is keen on Southampton's heritage I remember feeling sad that again our city missed out again, they could have left the civic centre building alone marked the titanics 100th anniversary on there, they could have used the dry dock as a berth instead of covering it with scrap metal. They could have left the 4 cranes alongside the dry dock and had a nice heritage centre there. Shame really our council think stacking old shipping containers in mayflower park for a few days is an attraction and the millions will flock to see it......
[quote][p][bold]Vonnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: What an utter loss to Southampton this ship has become. This could have been Southamptons historic ship, Southamptons answer to Bristols SS Great Britain, Londons Cutty Sark, Portsmouths Victory etc etc, missed out big time I feel.[/p][/quote]And where would Southampton have got the money from to buy it? Be realistic.[/p][/quote]as I understand it Southampton were offered the QE2 at the time for more or less nothing to keep her here in her home port, but the council said no! I stand to be corrected on this, but as somebody that is keen on Southampton's heritage I remember feeling sad that again our city missed out again, they could have left the civic centre building alone marked the titanics 100th anniversary on there, they could have used the dry dock as a berth instead of covering it with scrap metal. They could have left the 4 cranes alongside the dry dock and had a nice heritage centre there. Shame really our council think stacking old shipping containers in mayflower park for a few days is an attraction and the millions will flock to see it...... CEH393

8:13am Tue 3 Jul 12

shirley-bill says...

The Salv wrote:
allsaintsnocurves wrote:
I think Southampton would have loved to have bought her but the cost would have been too great. At £64m Southampton would have had to have sold off pretty much all of it's art work to have funded it!
You mean all the art work thats in the vaults and never gets seen...
Ask your self this , what would bring the city more money the art work that is locked in a safe , or the QE2 ??????
[quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]allsaintsnocurves[/bold] wrote: I think Southampton would have loved to have bought her but the cost would have been too great. At £64m Southampton would have had to have sold off pretty much all of it's art work to have funded it![/p][/quote]You mean all the art work thats in the vaults and never gets seen...[/p][/quote]Ask your self this , what would bring the city more money the art work that is locked in a safe , or the QE2 ?????? shirley-bill

8:17pm Tue 3 Jul 12

mollie says...

As local artists and very keenly interested in the preservation of our heritage We put forward a small scale drawing and facts and figures to Southampton when a WOW factor was being sought for the millennium, strangely it included the very project which Dubai is now contemplating! Ours was a much larger project and included many other additions , the ship was only a small part of the waterfront idea , but the main thing about it was it was self funding ! and would eventually have brought money into the town ! as well as being a magnificent feature which would have welcomed all the cruise ships and tourists entering the port of Southampton, at the moment all they are greeted with is sheds! there is nothing that makes Southampton what it seriously lacks a modern and vibrant cruise ship port, worthy of worldwide acclaim as the shipping experience of England one not to be missed . instead of the poor relation in the cruise ship industry. Southampton needs a wake up call before Liverpool scoops this prize.
Southampton does not seem to
As local artists and very keenly interested in the preservation of our heritage We put forward a small scale drawing and facts and figures to Southampton when a WOW factor was being sought for the millennium, strangely it included the very project which Dubai is now contemplating! Ours was a much larger project and included many other additions , the ship was only a small part of the waterfront idea , but the main thing about it was it was self funding ! and would eventually have brought money into the town ! as well as being a magnificent feature which would have welcomed all the cruise ships and tourists entering the port of Southampton, at the moment all they are greeted with is sheds! there is nothing that makes Southampton what it seriously lacks a modern and vibrant cruise ship port, worthy of worldwide acclaim as the shipping experience of England one not to be missed . instead of the poor relation in the cruise ship industry. Southampton needs a wake up call before Liverpool scoops this prize. Southampton does not seem to mollie

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