A little more than ten years ago, the Cunard Liner Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) made her final stop in Honolulu on March 25, 2008 on her last around the world voyage before being decommissioned later that year.
The arrival and docking of the QE2 at Honolulu Harbor was always a sight to behold. The ship attracted a good collection of fans and photographers who came out to snap pictures of her. Over the years I’ve shot several photos of QE2 at her familiar moorings at Piers 2 or 11.
In late 2008 she was sold and set sail for her new home in the far away Arab city of Dubai. There she sat for many years, her fate usually unknown until it was announced that she will opened as a floating hotel this year. In an email that I got from the QE2 Story website and message board:
QE2 Dubai Hotel Opens
Hello global QE2 fans! We don’t often send special emails during the month, but we felt this was too important to miss.
QE2 Dubai is now available to book to stay on, and the “soft opening” date is the 18th of April (the same day that Queen Mary 2 is in port), followed by the full “grand opening” in October, when all areas of the ship will be brought back into use.
The ship is now known as the QE2 Hotel Dubai. More information can be found on the hotel’s website. An updated story on QE2’s conversion to a hotel appears here: QE2 News / QE2 in Dubai / QE2 Today.
While I never stepped on board the famed ocean liner, she will forever be a treasured memory for all those who traveled on her as well as those who saw her in port and other places while in active service.
Previously on this blog: QE2 Stops in Hawaii for the Last Time
Hawaii Files Photos on Flickr: QE2
QE2 docked at Honolulu’s Pier 11, 1989.
QE2 at Honolulu Harbor, Pier 2, 1989.
QE2 departing Honolulu Harbor, 1989
This is my most popular photo of QE2 taken 1999.
Her last stop on March 25, 2008, Honolulu Harbor Pier 2.
All photos and content Copyright to Melvin Ah Ching Productions. 2018. #TBT
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