Accor takes over operations of QE2
Accor is adding the world-renowned cruise ship, Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2), into its portfolio. Taking over operations from May 2022, the cruise ship will undergo further upgrades and renovations prior to joining the MGallery Hotel Collection. Once fully rebranded, Queen Elizabeth 2 will undoubtedly become a landmark property for the MGallery brand and Dubai overall.
QE2 to return to market in Dubai from October
The world-famous ocean liner-turned-hotel Queen Elizabeth 2 will reopen her doors to guests in the United Arab Emirates on October 1st.
Queen Elizabeth 2 opens bridge to public for first time
The Queen Elizabeth 2 is now offering a heritage tour that will take guests on a journey through the bridge – the command room used by the captain to control the ship during its days of service.
British Butler Institute to open onboard the QE2, Dubai
The British Butler Institute will open on board the Queen Elizabeth 2 on January 26th – welcoming the first students on board for a ten-day butlers’ course coached by some of the world’s most talented butlers.
Dubai World to repay debt “within eight years”
Dubai World is to ask its creditors for up to eight more years to pay back a $22 billion debt. The troubled investment fund, which owns the QE2 cruise liner and Cirque du Soleil, will promise creditors that it will be able to repay the entire debt if granted the extension.
Dubai World to sell QE2
Dubai World is putting the iconic cruise liner QE2 up for sale, as well as host of other interests including Cirque du Soleil, as it grapples to cut its $22bn debt mountain.
Cape Town poised to berth QE2 floating hotel
South Africa has confirmed it is considering a proposal from Dubai to permanently berth the Queen Elizabeth 2 liner at the Victoria and Albert Waterfront in Cape Town, and convert it into a luxury floating hotel.
QE2 floating hotel conversion in jeopardy
Plans to turn the QE2 into a luxury hotel in Dubai could be shelved as its developer pull the reigns on construction budgets.Government-owned Nakheel, which bought the liner in 2007 from Cunard, had planned to “usher in the next exciting chapter of her rich and dignified life”, including building a 6,000 sq yd spa complex, and replacing the ship’s funnel with a glass structure to house penthouse suites.