Cruise Ship History: Cunard’s QE2 – Was the famed cruise ship an overrated legend?



Malcolm Oliver’s cruise blog questions the historical significance and legend of Cunard Line’s QE2.  It is interesting reading for anyone interested in cruise line and cruise ship history:

Cunard’s QE2 – An Overrated Legend? by Malcolm Oliver


By the time that you read this the QE2 will have retired and be undergoing the process of being converted to become a hotel in Dubai.

So much has been written about the most famous ship in the world that she became a legend in her own lifetime. I’m sure that legend will just continue to grow and the stories of this palatial icon with the finest food and service will be passed down the generations.  She has a very big fan club, but others were not always quite so impressed, but often remained silent. This because it is almost sacrilege to write something negative about the QE2.  Her army of admirers normally ‘flame’ anyone that disrespects the legend ‘on-line’.  However I’m feeling brave and I’m going to ask the question “Was her reputation bigger than the reality?”

Public Rooms

When you board the QE2 your expectations are probably sky high.  You may well be expecting to board a ‘floating palace’. Her interiors were always in good condition, even at the end of her service. However,  I’m sure that many passengers first thoughts on embarking her for the first time were “Is this it?”

To read more of Mr. Oliver’s observations on the QE2 click here.



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"…