Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 made its last cruise in 2008, then the fabled ocean liner was taken into custody by Istithmar World, the Dubai state investment company that had bought the ship and planned to turn it into a permanently anchored luxury hotel.
But Dubai’s economy took a tumble, and the Queen Elizabeth 2, instead of entering rehab, sat idle.
On Monday, Dubai announced its more modest plans for the ship. Its appearance will be kept largely as is, and about 300 existing cabins will serve as guest rooms, probably starting at the end of 2013. Read the full story here.
Photo: The Queen Elizabeth 2 in January 2002. Credit: Stuart Ramson/Cunard.