Over the last several months, I’ve been watching the press coverage of the fate of the QE2. Rumors have been swirling as various sources tried to predict whether she would begin another life or be sold as scrap metal. Most recently, reports have suggested that QE2 London was in the process of gaining approval from the London Port Authority to have the ship permanently berthed there.
It seems the issue has finally been settled, however, as Oceanic Group announced yesterday that they will be moving the ship into drydocks for extensive renovation and a conversion to a luxury floating hotel in Asia:
“QE2 Dubai has created a large consortium to convert the QE2 into a five-star hotel with 500 rooms managed by a prestigious international hotel as an operator. The Oceanic Group, a group of deeply-experienced advisers to cruise operators and managers in Asia, will take the lead in managing this project while Drydocks World Dubai will carry out extensive technical and operational checks prior to her move into Asia.”
It appears the hotel will also include a luxury shopping mall, cafes, and three Michelin-starred restaurants. The ship’s storied history will also be preserved via an onboard maritime museum displaying QE2 memorabilia and treasures of Dubai.
Time Magazine did a neat photo retrospective on the QE2 that you can view here. And you can read more about the QE2’s rich history here.