When I was growing up (in the 80s), cruise ships were far less common than they are today, but one vessel seemed known the world over: the QE2.
From 1967, for some forty years, the Queen Elizabeth 2 sailed the world, carrying 2.5 million passengers across the Atlantic 812 times and globe 25 times.
Now, the famous ocean liner has commenced life as a luxury hotel, with a soft opening this week at its new permanent home at Mina Rashid in Dubai.
Part of PCFC Hotels (Dubai Government’s Ports, Customs and Free Zones Corporation), the refurbished hotel features 13 decks, a QE2 exhibition and will eventually boast 13 restaurants and bars including a traditional English pub called The Golden Lion, The Chart Room historical lounge and bar, and signature eatery, The Grand Lounge, which will feature British fine dining and even a tasting menu that recreates a selection of dishes from 1969.
Thirteen accommodation types range from the cabin-style Standard Room, at 17m2, to the 76m2 Royal Suites that apparently belonged to the Queen herself and are invitation only.
Maintaining the cruise ship’s original feel whilst introducing modern technology, the hotel has also preserved some of the ship’s popular interior design features including period furniture, paintings and memorabilia.
“To finally open the QE2 is a dream come true for my team and I,” PCFC Hotels CEO Hamza Mustafa said.
“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.”
According to Bloomberg, a hotel spokeswoman said rooms would range from AED 600 (US$163) to AED 25,000 per night.
With its new slogan “Still Making History”, the new hotel will officially launch in October 2018.
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