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Monday, 24 December 2012

QE2 reported to be sold for scrapping

Yet another Rumour of the QE2 'sold for scrap'

Former Cunard flagship The QE2 is set to be sold to the Chinese for scrap for £20 million after a bid to bring it back to the UK as a five-star floating hotel failed. The ship has been moored in a commercial port in Dubai since it was sold for £64 million in 2008. A British consortium presented owner Dubai World with a bid to bring the QE2 to London and convert into a five star hotel moored opposite the O2 Arena. The QE2 London bid could have brought up to 2,000 jobs to London. However a Chinese crew of around 20 boarded the QE2 last Friday leading to fears it has already been sold as scrap, the Daily Mail reported. They replaced a crew of around 40 who had been maintaining the QE2 in Port Rashid for the last four years. Roger Murray of QE2 London told the newspaper: “We have been told the ship is going to be put into a dry dock before being taken to an unknown destination in the far east. “That is a tragedy because it almost certainly means the QE2 is being sold as scrap.

Source Travelweekly

Also according to a statement from Cunard, former owner of the QE2 said in a statement.
We have noted the messages of understandable concern with regards to the recent article in the Daily Mail with reference to QE2. We remain in close contact with Dubai and can reassure you that to the very best of our knowledge this story is pure speculation - one of a number of stories and rumours as we have seen over recent months. Our best advice would be to ignore the story.

Best regards,
Cunard Line.

But with very on going plans for the vessel, I cannot see what she will eventually be used for, and no one wants an ageing cruise liner. We know what happened to the last RMS Queen Elizabeth in Hong Kong [my own opinion]

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