Queen Elizabeth 2 Ocean Liner to Open in Dubai as Floating Hotel

By Anna Breuer on 23 April 2018
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Passengers dining on a 1978 QE2 crossing.

After 40 years of transatlantic crossings and world cruises, the Queen Elizabeth 2 ocean liner opened its doors as a 13-deck luxury hotel on April 18.

The 963-foot (294-meter) ocean liner is moored permanently at Mina Rashid in Dubai.

The floating hotel features 224 guest rooms including three decks of executive rooms and suites. Many of the original design aspects of the staterooms were preserved including portholes, period furniture, and artwork.

Much of the liner’s public spaces remain as they were under Cunard including the Grand Lounge, the Theatre, and the Queens Grill restaurant.  The Queens Grill will offer some of the same menu items it offered on its maiden voyage in 1969.

Guests will be able to use the new QE2 mobile app to access rooms and navigate the ship. Amenities include a spa and pool deck, an interactive exhibition/museum on the QE2’s history, 25 conference rooms, and a “chic shopping arcade.”

During her almost 40 years of service, the QE2 operated multiple regularly scheduled transatlantic crossings every year and undertook world cruises.  She carried 2.5 million passengers over 6 million miles (9.7 million kilometers), crossed the Atlantic 812 times, and circumnavigated the world 25 times visiting more than 200 ports.  The ship was retired from active service in 2008.

The hotel’s formal grand opening is set for October 2018.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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