QE2 sold

Queen Elizabeth 2, Cunard Line's flagship for over 30 years, has been sold.

Queen Elizabeth 2, Cunard Line’s flagship for over 30 years, has been sold. The 70,000-ton liner will make her last passenger voyage at the end of next year before being converted to a floating hotel, retail and entertainment centre in Dubai.

Dubai Port World, who paid a reported $100 million for the ship, said the refurbishment will recreate the ship’s original interior décor and fittings. QE2’s new home at the Palm Jumeirah resort development will also include a museum celebrating the ship’s rich history.

QE2 made her maiden voyage in 1969, the same year as Concorde’s first flight, and in 1982 played a prominent part in the Falklands war. She was Cunard’s, and effectively the British merchant fleet’s, flagship until Queen Mary 2 was built in 2004.