She was once the most prestigious liner on the ocean waves, where royalty and celebrities would holiday.
But new pictures have revealed the first phase of the transformation of the QE2, which is now a floating hotel in Dubai.
The vessel, which has a history spanning five decades, is now docked permanently at Mina Rashid, where some of her refurbished dining, accommodation and entertainment attractions are to be unveiled on April 18.
New pictures have revealed the first phase of the transformation of the former QE2 cruise liner, which is now a floating hotel in Dubai
The QE2 was bought by CFC hotels – part of Dubai government’s Ports, Customs and Free Zones Corporation – which then gave the ship a makeover. It was previously owned by Cunard.
Segments of the liner will be relaunched in stages.
In the first phase, she will be welcoming passengers on board to experience a selection of restored rooms and suites and five of the planned 13 restaurants and bars. They will also be able to explore her rich history in the adjacent QE2 Heritage Exhibition.
The 13-deck ship has been restored to its former glory, with her most-loved interior design features – including her period furniture, renowned paintings and famous memorabilia – preserved.
In the first phase of the relaunch, she will be welcoming passengers on board to experience a selection of restored rooms. Pictured is a Captain’s Club room
The Captain’s Club rooms also boast a large flat screen TV and a balcony where guests can gaze out over the port in Dubai
Only the most luxurious rooms on board the restored vessel have balconies. The QE2 was bought by CFC hotels
The original porthole windows will remind guests of her seafaring adventures and a number of her original restaurants have retained the same names and décor.
Meanwhile extensively preserving her authentic elements, the QE2 has also been fully equipped with all the latest technology.
Adjacent to the hotel lobby is the QE2 Exhibition – an interactive museum that showcases the vessel during the 1960s when she was a pioneer in design, technology and lifestyle, words often used to describe the city she resides in today.
In the deluxe rooms on board the floating hotel, the original porthole windows remind guests of the ship’s seafaring days
Despite extensively preserving her authentic elements, the QE2 has also been fully equipped with all the latest technology. Pictured is a superior room
The rooms on board range in size from 17 square metres for a standard room, pictured, to 76 square metres for a royal suite
The vessel, which has a history spanning five decades, is now docked permanently at Mina Rashid – a port in Dubai
The rooms on board range in size from 17 square metres for a standard room to 76 square metres for a royal suite.
The royal suites are described as the gem in the crown of the new QE2, and are named after the Queen’s mother and grandmother.
These suites offer a private veranda, conservatory and dining room – in addition to a luxurious bedroom.
Hamza Mustafa, CEO of PCFC Hotels says the opening of the restored QE2 is one of Dubai’s most highly anticipated hotel openings
More than 2.7million man-hours have been put into the transformation of the QE2 from crumbling cruise liner to five star hotel
Some of the ship’s original restaurants are still on board including The Chart Room, The Golden Lion, The Pavillion, The Lido and the Grand Lounge.
The hotel’s signature restaurant is The Queens Grill, which offers a refined selection of British fine-dining dishes as well as a tasting menu that recreates a classic selection of dishes from 1969 – when the ship went into service.
Hamza Mustafa, CEO of PCFC Hotels, said: ‘To finally open the QE2 is a dream come true for my team and I.
‘It is one of Dubai’s most highly anticipated projects and we know that a lot of people are going to be very excited to see her for the first time, or to step back on board the vessel that created so many wonderful memories during her 40 years at sea.
‘We have dedicated more than 2.7 million man-hours into transforming this legendary ocean liner into the multi-faceted tourist destination that she is today and I am very proud to reintroduce her to the world as she embarks on the next stage of her celebrated journey.’
The newly transformed Yacht Club bar on board the QE2. Five of the planned 13 restaurants and bars are set to open in the first phase
The grand launch of the restored QE2 will take place in October. It was originally registered in Southampton and operated from 1967 to 2008
The QE2 was originally registered in Southampton and operated from 1967 to 2008.
Weighing 48,923 tons, the vessel is 963ft long, 105ft wide and 171ft tall.
In its heyday, it was capable of a top speed of 39mph and carried a total of 1,892 passengers along with 1,040 officers and crew.
Before being refitted with a diesel power plant in 1986, she was the last oil-fired passenger liner to cross the Atlantic in scheduled service.
The grand launch of the restored QE2 will take place in October.
THE QE2: A FLAGSHIP VESSEL KNOWN FOR ITS GLAMOUR (AND EVEN A STINT AT WAR)
The QE2 was initially designed as a transatlantic service between her home port of Southampton and New York and was built at at John Brown’s shipyard, Clydebank.
Operated by Cunard, she began an almost 40-year career in 1969 and served as the flagship of the line until succeeded by RMS Queen Mary 2 in 2004.
During her years of service, the QE2 undertook regular world cruises and was known as being the height of glamour.
The QE2 under construction at the John Brown shipyard on the Clyde in 1967. She was launched a few months later by the Queen
Originally featuring three classes of service, the ship appealed to stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and also captured the imagination of the less affluent, who were blocked by stairways and elevators from entering first-class spaces even for a peek.
Passengers dressed for dinner in formal gowns and tuxedos and top-name showbiz stars entertained.
In May 1982 she even took part in the Falklands War, carrying 3,000 troops and 650 volunteer crews.
This involved her being refitted with three helicopter pads, dormitories and fuel pipes to allow for refuelling at sea.
Incredibly, more than 650 Cunard crew members volunteered for the voyage to transport the members of the Fifth Infantry Brigade.
The vessel returned to the UK in June 1982 and was greeted in Southampton by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.