Monthly Archives: November 2008

Cunard Line’s cruise ship QE2 is now a hotel. Cruise history ends for luxury liner, another begins in Dubai as a floating resort moored off an artificial palm-shaped island.

Dubai World’s Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem at the QE2 handover ceremony November 27th. At 2pm yesterday (Nov 27th) a glorious era came to a close in cruise line history and another began as developer Nakheel officially took delivery of the QE2. That was the moment when the contract to transfer ownership from UK shipping company Cunard was signed as the ... Read More »

Cruise Line History: Cunard Line’s legendary liner QE 2 docks for the last time at Dubai. End of an era in Trans-Atlantic travel. Joins RMS Queen Mary as hotel.

The liner Queen Elizabeth 2 arrives in Dubai, escorted by the UAE Coast Guard, Nov. 26, 2008. More than 60 naval vessels and private boats have met the 70,000-ton ship in the Persian Gulf as it heads for its new home, moored next to an artificial island. One by one they appeared on the horizon today in Dubai, circling and ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – Cunard Line’s QE 2 – Dates with Royalty Commemorative “Farewell” Menu

Front menu cover picture: Her Majesty The Queen, with Captain Warwick and Cunard Chairman Sir Basil Smallpiece, inspects the Britannia figurehead in the Britannia restaurant (now Mauretania Restaurant). 1 May 1969 (Thanks to Dan Cottle and his interesting website tightwadcruises.com) To recognize the 2008 Farewell Season of QUEEN ELIZABETH 2, Cunard’s UK Public Relations Department presented to passengers commemorative and ... Read More »

CRUISING THE PAST: THE GREAT PULLMAN STREAMLINERS THAT SERVED GLAMOROUS PALM SPRINGS FROM THE 1920s UNTIL THE 1950s.

A promotion from the Southern Pacific (Grace Collection). A major element in the development of Palm Springs was the Southern Pacific Railroad. At one time the SP offered passenger service on over eight daily trains.  The destination was a retreat for movie stars and the very rich. They heyday for the winter resort were the 1950s.  Bob Hope, Lucille Ball ... Read More »

PRESIDENT-ELECT BARAK OBAMA RODE THE RAILS AND WON CRUCIAL PRO-AMTRAK SWING VOTERS ON HIS CAMPAIGN TRAIN

Obama standing on the observation platform of his campaign train President-elect Barak Obama earlier this year won many “railway enthusiast” swing voters by taking an all-day, 100 mile trip by train “along the Philadelphia area’s Main Line and on west to the capital in Harrisburg.”  We explore this on (http://cruiselinehistory.com/) cruising the past. Ironically, Obama rode in a private rail ... Read More »

CUNARD LINE’S QE 2 LEAVES SOUTHAMPTON FOR THE LAST TIME ON FINAL VOYAGE AND SAILS INTO CRUISE SHIP HISTORY

Cunard Line’s QE2, which had run aground hours earlier, tonight sailed serenely out of Southampton, England, on a tide of emotion on its last-ever voyage. With hundreds of passengers waving from the decks and thousands of spectators watching from the shores of Southampton Water, the 70,000-ton Cunard liner headed off into cruise ship history as reported by Cruising The Past ... Read More »

THE WOMAN WHO LIVES ON THE QE 2 MAKES FINAL VOYAGE ABOARD CUNARD LINE’S FAMOUS LINER AND SAILS INTO CRUISE SHIP HISTORY

With the Cunard Line’s QE2 heading into retirement, many people are losing their favourite place to spend a holiday and the crew is losing a workplace.But 89-year-old Beatrice Muller is actually losing her home. She is the QE2′s only permanent resident and she is making cruise ship history as reported by Cruising The Past (http://cruiselinehistory.com/). Some years ago she sold ... Read More »

CUNARD LINE’S LEGENDARY QE2 RUNS AGROUND TODAY ON FINAL VOYAGE

QE 2 – Arriving today at Southampton One of the world’s most famous cruise ships, the Queen Elizabeth 2, briefly ran aground on Tuesday before arriving in its home port for the last time, its owners said, as it makes cruise ship history. The 70,000-ton vessel ran onto a sandbank off the Isle of Wight as it approached Southampton, where ... Read More »