Monday, April 4, 2011

Royal Rendezvous in Dubai

Who would ever have thought that the QE2 would sound her famous whistle again?

That is precisely what she did, though, when the brand new Queen Elizabeth visited her in Dubai recently. This was the first meeting between these two ships. This has indeed been a voyage of firsts for the new Lizzie. Peter Shanks, the President and Managing Director of the Cunard Line, noted how on this World Voyage her passengers have "have seen Two Queens in Southampton, Three Queens in New York, Two Queens in Fort Lauderdale, Two Queens in Sydney – and today a very special rendezvous with QE2 in Dubai." Certainly a cruise worth remembering!

And what of the old QE2, who has been sitting in Dubai for the past two years? Mr. Shanks noted:
[That] she looked very good from the outside. She has a small crew onboard to keep things going and I understand that she has been well kept on the inside – despite the very high temperatures in Dubai. Given the tough economic situation in Dubai – they have not yet commenced their extensive plans for the ship and we all wait to hear what lies ahead for QE2. But for today she looked magnificent.

References: Cunard Blog: We Are Cunard ( (accessed April 4, 2011).

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