QE2 As Heritage Hotel

Plans for new QE2 Hotel in Pacific Asia, courtesy Benoy/QE2 Heritage Hotel
Plans for new QE2 Hotel in Pacific Asia, courtesy Benoy/QE2 Heritage Hotel

Recently, a number of news reports have emerged about the QUEEN ELIZABETH 2, the former Cunard liner that was retired in November 2008. Originally, she was to be refitted and opened as an hotel and attraction on Palm Jumeirah, a group of man-made islands off Dubai but after the global financial collapse, the plans were scrapped and she remained in lay up.

In July 2013, the ship’s ownership was transferred to a consortium of investors under a Dubai-based entity called QE2 Shipping. In mid-October, there were several announcements about the liner’s on-again conversion to a luxury hotel ship.  At that time,  international designers were invited to submit proposals for the former Cunarder’s interiors.

It was also stated that the Cosco Shipyard in Shanghai would carry out the conversion of the vessel into a luxury floating hotel with a reported completion date in 2015.

With previously announced plans to remake QE2 as a static hotel (first in Dubai, then as a casino in Macau), or berth her as an attraction in Cape Town or near the O2 arena in London all coming to naught, many remain skeptical.

The latest project, however, does appear more advanced than those that were previously announced.

Daniel Chui, president and chief executive of QE2 Holdings and managing director of Oceanic Group, said: “The ship’s redevelopment is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for any interior design professional to create what will become one of Asia’s major waterfront tourist attractions.”

“The goal for the final design is to preserve the soul of the QE2 — many of the original furnishings and much of the décor will be incorporated — while creating a modern luxury hotel.”

The current plan would see the refitted ship on a three month tour of Asian ports, which, under the terms of the original sale, would likely require Cunard Line’s approval.

See www.qe2design.com

Martin Cox

Martin Cox

MARTIN COX - Founder and publisher of MaritimeMatters, inspired by maritime culture and technology growing up in the port of Southampton. He works as a photographer in Los Angeles, and his works has been exhibited in LA, San Francisco, New York, London and Iceland.Martin is the co-writer of the book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” published by the Steam Ship Historical Society of America. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum has commissioned artworks and collected his photographs.
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