View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Friday, October 17, 2008

British Queen to Retire in Dubai

British queens typically don't retire to Dubai, but the Queen Elizabeth 2, arguably the world's most famous ocean liner, has never been typical.

The 40-year-old Cunard ship sailed out of New York harbour for the last time this week accompanied by the far larger Queen Mary 2 en route to Dubai where she will live out her years as a hotel.

"She will always be remembered as the best loved ship in the world and we are delighted that she will be cherished by future generations of travellers at her new home in Dubai," said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line.

To read all the details:
QE2 Ocean Liner Sails to retirement in Dubai, Reuters, 17 October 2008.

Update: Queen Falls to Ground but Does Not Hurt Bottom on Her Way to Dubai.

Dr Geoff Pound

Image: QE2