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History of the QE2

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Following a multi-million-dollar investment programme, the 13-deck ship has been restored to her former glory and today serves as a world-class entertainment, tourism, hotel and dining destination in Dubai.

The ship’s unique interior design features, including period furniture, renowned paintings and famous memorabilia, have been lovingly preserved, and seamlessly integrated alongside hints of modern luxury.

Today, she offers passengers 215 refurbished hotel rooms and suites, restaurants and nightlife venues, the QE2 Spa, a gym, three decks of executive rooms and suites, as well as conferencing and event facilities.

She also proudly serves as a tourist and entertainment destination with our impressive 515-seat theatre, a history and heritage exhibition and tour.


30 Dec 1964

Contract signed with John Brown Shipyard of Clydebank.

20 Sep 1967

Launched by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

19 Nov 1968

QE2 sets sail from the fitting out berth at John Brown's under the command of Captain 'Bil Warwick.

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2 May 1969

Official maiden voyage to New York.

26 Nov 1968

Start of preliminary trials in the Irish Sea.

May 1972

Ransom demand in mid-Atlantic.



First World Cruise.


May 1982

QE2 requisitioned for Falklands War as a troop transport. On 12 May 1982 she set sail for St Georgia with 3000 troops aboard. QE2 arrived safely back in Southampton on 11 June 1982.

Dec 1994

Extensive, much publicised refit.


11 Sep 1995

Encountered Hurricane Luis on a Westbound Atlantic crossing and got hit by a 95 foot wave.

29 Aug 2002

QE2 logged 5 millions miles at sea.

18 Apr 2018

QE2 finally opens as a hotel.

Apr 2004

QE2 completed a tandem crossing of the Atlantic with the new QM2.

27 Nov 2008

QE2 is officially handed over from Cunard to new owners Nakheel and birthed permanently in Dubai.

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