QE2 at Dubai

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Ellen Grace Butland

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Has anyone any news about QE2 at Dubai? I would like news, bad or good, so if anyone finds out anything, please could I be informed. I believe she will be drydocked very soon.
 
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Ellen Grace Butland

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Many thanks. Please feed your spies more ginger and if anyone else has news, I would like to hear. Am glad to hear the stretching rumour might be an urban myth, let's hope so.
 

Joe Russo

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I hope Carol Marlow cashed that check!
From AME:

Dubai tourism faces challenges in 2009

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The financial crisis is beginning to curb Dubai's hotel industry but an even greater downturn in the sector is expected in 2009 as both corporate and leisure travellers further tighten their belts.

More at: http://www.ameinfo.com/180273.html
 
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Ellen Grace Butland

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I would be very horrible and laugh like crazy if it bounced ALL the way back to So'ton.
 

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I'd be more worried if the word came back that the Dubai owners planned to airlift the QE2 to Nevada, to become the latest "Lost Wages" Hotel Casino attraction.
"Lost Wages" (you can see what my luck has been
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Joe Russo

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for her sake, I hope that the money to maintain her isn't affected over time.
I can't help but think of what happened to the Queen Elizabeth after she arrived in Florida or the Great Eastern as a floating billboard.
 
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>>suddenly retirement in Long Beach doesn't seem so bad does it?<<

Don't know about that. The management of the Queen Mary has been far from impressive. They may not have added anything to the ship, but they did a wonderful job gutting her.
 
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Ellen Grace Butland

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Yes they did; for some sea museum that never got built, and I believe there has been other indignities visited on her over the years. I have a Titanic Commutator which lists some. (Vol 13 No 1- 1989). Q Mary was my favourite ship when I was a little girl. I have never seen her, but she did visit New Zealand as a troop ship in WWII. However, the Mary's owners at least did not alter her outward appearance, so she can still look elegant and queenly, even if she is gutted.
 
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Ellen Grace Butland

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The Maritime Matters site states that QE2 will enter drydock at Dubai today, what for I dare not guess. However, I agree with the people quoted in Mr Carey's post. Cutting her in half and adding 100ft is, in my not so humble opinion, an aberration. I also note that there was a movement afoot in Britain to purchase and keep her there. Also, although I have no proof, I suspect the Japanese may have had someone wanting to purchase her. However, as you have often said, Michael, ship preservation is a very costly business, and anyone wishing to keep a ship as large as QE2 would have needed megabucks. However, if Nakheel does cut the ship in half to insert more rooms for their bloody hotel, they would destroy the very thing they wanted to give creedence to their project. (in my not so humble opinion)Please keep me posted about what happens, Michael, as I want the date Nakheel starts their transforming??? work, and if they dare send her to Bremerhaven to be cut in half, I predict howls of protest. (I will now visit a few other sites to see what I can find out, but I find your postings to be the best)
 

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>> the Mary's owners at least did not alter her outward appearance<<

Yes, you can still visit her first class public rooms as well because most of them weren't gutted. She still looks elegant because her funnels weren't replaced with modern glass penthouses which would look pretty dated by now (not to mention ridiculous from day one).
 

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>>if they dare send her to Bremerhaven to be cut in half<<

If this is true, does she sail there and back under her own power or is she towed?
Does anyone know if there is any stipulation from Cunard that she shall not sail again?
I believe the Queen Mary had a contract like this, but apparently the Queen Elizabeth did not since she limped to Hong Kong partially under her own power and partially under tow.


And just thinking hypothetically (and theoretically) here...
If she is going to sail again after being jumboized, wouldn't the extra 100ft add to her top speed due to ship hydrodynamics (Froude number)? I've heard that the Enchantment of the Seas gained a knot when she was stretched by 100ft.
 
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>>Please keep me posted about what happens, Michael, as I want the date Nakheel starts their transforming??? work,<<

If I see anything, I'll let you all know. However, I wouldn't be surprised if somebody here beats me to the punch. The interest is there and Google is a wonderful search engine.
 
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Hmm, no news is Not good news. To Mr Russo, Capt. Ron Warwick was on board her on the last voyage (as a paying passenger, I believe) and was apparantly employed by Nakheel for 3 months from November last year. He was to be living onboard, with a crew of 30, presumably Nakheel employees. To Michael, I will now go googling and see what I find.
 
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Ellen Grace Butland

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To Michael and anyone interested. I have found a site www.roblightbody.com which has a lot about QE2, including pix taken of her in Dubai. This site states that QE2 has/had a crew of 38, under Capt R Warwick, and was still 'live' with smoke coming out of her stack (seen in pix). Lightbody also states the ship will be drydocked Jan 15th But unfortunately he will not report further, having said he does not want to know what becomes of her next. Although I respect his views, I think that ignoring the next part of the ship's history (herstory) is like turning one's back on an old friend, so I am still trolling for news. Nakheel seem to have drawn a very opaque vail over the whole proceedings.