I am just writing what Cunard President Carol Marlow stated in an interview with the LinersList website concerning the Cunard Line that was then printed in the Summer 2006 edition of Steamboat Bill which is the Journal of the Steamship Historical Society of America.And here is the question verbatim concerning the future of the QE2.
LinersList:Many of our members are interested to know what the future holds for QE2,especially after Queen Victoria is launched.Are there any major refits planned for her? Is Cunard taking steps to ensure she'll be sailing past SOLAS 2010?
Ms. Marlow: QE2 is a very popular ship and there are currently no plans for her to be retired.We are continuing to invest in the ship with substantial refurbishment being carried out last year and this year in her April dry-docking.Over the years Cunard has spent 15 times as much on refurbishing and refitting QE2 than she originally cost to build, so you can see we are aware of and committed to the need to keep this icon in the very best condition.We do not envisage that 2010 SOLAS will be a major hurdle for QE2.
LinersList: QE2 is working in an increasingly competitive marketplace in Europe, with Ventura(a new building for P&O in Europe)coming along soon, 2 Voyager-class ships, reports of Disney joining the fray, and ever more Costa megaships.Given her age how can she maintain a competitive edge, rather than a bargain basement option?
Ms.Marlow: QE2 does not need to "maintain a competitive edge" in the sense of the term because,being an icon of 4 decades standing,she is totally different from the others in her appeal.People tend to choose QE2 because she is the QE2.Having said that,we do continue to keep the ship in first-class condition,as the reply above demonstrates. LinersList: Has Cunard given thought to the sad day when it is time to retire QE2? Some have hoped that she'd take a static role much like the Queen Mary in Long Beach,keeping her name and heritage. This would obviously be a preferable choice over selling her to some other interest that could tarnish her history. Ms. Marlow: We do not currently have any plans to retire QE2,but clearly there will a time she will need to stand down.We would be delighted to find a static home for her at that time,but we will clearly need to review the options when the time comes.