History of the QE2
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.
2 May 1969
Official maiden voyage to New York.
26 Nov 1968
Start of preliminary trials in the Irish Sea.
Ransom demand in mid-Atlantic.
First World Cruise.
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.
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.
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.