Cruise History: Is the QE2 headed for the Dubai scrapyard? Rumors are floating around the former Cunard Line ship is going to be scrapped because the Dubai economic bubble has gone bust.


Cruise History: Is the QE2 headed for the Dubai scrapyard?  Rumors are floating around the former Cunard Line ship is going to be scrapped because the Dubai economic bubble has gone bust.

The QE 2 on her last voyage.

The Business Insider website is reporting the QE 2 is being scrapped.

Last year, once the world’s fastest liner in the world, the Queen Elizabeth 2 was sold by Cunard Lines to Dubai investors.  On her last cruise, she sailed to the Middle East for Dubai and arrived in a grand procession
In classic Dubai style, the plan was to turn the famous ship into a floating hotel.

Fast forward to now and according to Business Insider editor Joe Weisenthal the dream is dead.  His insider mole in Dubai states the QE 2 is being dismantled. He claims there’s no business for the hotel, and the idled ship is just sitting there, costing money and polluting the water. Hence, workers are actively pulling it apart, a sad end for such a grand ship.

A youtube video of Brits saying their final goodbyes to the possibly now doomed liner QE2.

Business Insider is looking for pictures of the dismantling.

Problems with Weisenthal’s story it could be just the beginning of the conversion.

But, it true, the QE 2 will end up like her predecessor.  The first RMS Queen Elizabeth is seen below being hacked apart in Hong Kong harbor following a devastating fire.

1970s – Workmen with cutting torches have begun dissecting the great iron corpse of what had once been the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth, now a rusting hulk in the shallow waters of Hong Kong harbor.



About Michael L. Grace

During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…

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