She has ruled the high seas since 1967, but starting next year, 41 years after she was launched, the QE2, arguably the most famous cruise ship ever built, will find a permanent berth in Palm Jameirah in Dubai. Cunard Line announced the $100 million sale of the iconic liner to Dubai World, which owns Palm Jameirah, on Monday.
According to Cunard, the QE2 will become a luxury floating hotel at a pier constructed especially for the QE2. The boat will be refurbished with restaurants and dining establishments and is expected to become a popular tourist destination for Palm Jameirah, the world’s largest man-made island.
The QE2 is the longest-serving ship in Cunard’s 168-year-history. The ship launched in September 1967, undertook 25 world cruises, crossed the Atlantic more than 800 times, and has carried more than 2.5 million passengers.