Sunday, December 28, 2008

QE2 in Durban March 1984

The RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 photographed arriving Durban on 14 March 1984 by Trevor Jones.
The funnel is still the original one although painted in Cunard red since the return from the Falklands in 1982.

QE2 in Durban March 1984

Two fine views of the
steaming out of Durban
early in the morning of
15 March 1984 while doing the
1984 World Cruise.
Photographs taken by Trevor Jones a very good ship photographer based in Durban, South Africa,
who sent the images to be shared with fellow QE2 enthusiasts.
Thanks a lot, Trevor...

Friday, December 26, 2008


Just over five years since he left QE2 to take command of Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2, Commodore Ron Warwick, who retired in 2006 after 36 years of Cunard service, finds himself again in charge of the most famous ship in the world. Seatrade Insider has learnt Commodore Warwick is spending the Christmas holidays as master of QE2, berthed in her new home Dubai, in charge of a 38-man crew. Although she won’t be leaving her Port Rashid berth the ship continues to run on her own power, providing electricity and heating, and the bridge is manned 24 hours. Warwick was invited to take the role of master for a short-term contract when the liner was handed over to new owners QE2 Enterprises, Nakheel Hotels in Dubai on November 27. He will remain in charge until the ship moves to the nearby Drydocks World repair yard for the start of her major refurbishment. The last serving Cunard crew member left the ship on December 16. ‘I am thrilled to bits that the ship has come to Dubai,’ Warwick told Seatrade Insider last week. Speaking about QE2’s retirement from the Cunard fleet and prospect of a new life as an entertainment and leisure destination, he said, ‘I will shed only one tear, for any ship has only a limited life and this project will give her a new life.’ Warwick, whose father William E Warwick was appointed the QE2’s first master designate in the mid-1960s, hopes to return to see the liner in her new guise (reported on Seatrade Insider December 15) and bring his granddaughter to show her where her grandfather and great grandfather spent the bulk of their sea-going careers.(From Setrade News Inside 24-12-2008)

Friday, December 19, 2008

QE2 in Boston 1971-11-13

The brand new RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 photographed in Boston, Mass., on 13 November 1971 by William Schell.
Photograph from a very beautiful negative exchanged many years ago with Bill.
The young Queen of the Atlantic still looks original and in my opinion at her very best contrasting with the photograph below which represents her with the less interesting profile of her career.
Copyright photograph Luís Miguel Correia photograph

QE2 still in steam

The QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 on her 1984 world cruise departing Lisbon still in steam on 6 April 2004.
The funnel is still the original as well as the cranes at the bow.
Copyright photograph by Luís Miguel Correia

QE2 Final Profits

"Lower fuel costs, stronger than expected yields on close-in bookings and a gain of $31m on the sale of Cunard’s QE2 helped push Carnival Corp. & plc past Wall Street expectations and its year-ago earnings by posting a fourth quarter profit of 47 cents per share."
So the QE2 made lots of money to the very end of her sailing days as stated above. (extract from CarnivalCorporation 4Q 2008 results...
Photograph of the QE2 leaving Lisbon on 29 October 2008. Copyright Luís Miguel Correia

Monday, December 15, 2008


Some 200 hotel rooms, 110 luxury apartments, a 500-seat West End theatre, a 5,000sq mtr spa, fiv e restaurants and a maritime heritage trail are just some of the refurbishment plans for QE2 in her new life as a floating iconic destination on the Dubai waterfront unveiled by Manfred Ursprunger, ceo of new owner QE2 Enterprises, Nakheel Hotels at today’s opening session of the Seatrade Middle East Cruise Conference.
‘QE2’s arrival in Dubai is not the end for the most famous liner in the world but a new beginning,’ remarked Ursprunger. Currently berthed in Port Rashid where she arrived on November 26, QE2 will eventually be moved to the nearby Drydocks World repair yard to undergo an extensive refurbishment estimated to take two to three years, Ursprunger revealed.
All public areas will be rebuilt as will all cabins and suites. The makeover will take the philosophy of the original design combined with modern standards, said Ursprunger. This will result in 200 hotel rooms of 50sq mtr plus 110 apartments ranging from 80 to 250sq mtr. The engine room will be stripped out and a 500-seat theatre created staging West End shows and film premieres. Leisure facilities will also include a 5,000sq mtr indoor/outdoor health and wellness centre. Celebrity chef Michel Roux will mastermind the menus of the five restaurants on board and others shoreside. The bridge, captain’s cabin and Princess Grill will be kept as is, forming part of a heritage trail that visitors can follow. ‘I am sorry to be vague about the completion date but this is a complicated project which also needs major complementary land-based infrastructure alongside where the liner will be finally accommodated, none of which is built today,' Ursprunger said.
The QE2 Precinct, as the Nakheel executive referred to it, will be the flagship attraction at Palm Jumeriah and will comprise the ship itself moored at a berth accessible via a 40ft gangway, ‘giving visitors the feel of entering an ocean-going passenger liner’. Shoreside facilities will include luxury restaurants, retail outlets, a cultural and heritage centre, a maritime museum with large display of Cunard memorabilia taken from on board, an art gallery and amphitheatre for outdoor concerts.
Ursprunger told Seatrade Insider he was unable to disclose more information about plans on the hotel and leisure side as ‘this is a ship we are using and we first need to see if our visions can actually be realised’. Repair yard engineers are now conducting structural surveys. ‘It is difficult to accurately predict the cost of the project until substantial assessment has taken place. What we are going to do will ensure the ship is functional for another 50 years and will involve replacing all plumbing, accommodation, wiring, etc.,’ Ursprunger added.
The funnel will be removed from the ship and restored to become the central display of a new maritime museum located at the QE2 Precinct. An exact replica will be built to go on the liner. A luxury apartment will be created inside the replica making the funnel the most famous address in the Middle East, said Ursprunger. ‘They say a soul of a ship is represented by the people who sail in her. We hope under her new look QE2 will continue to provide experiences for many more years to come,’ he concluded.(Published by Seatrade on 15 December 2008)

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

QE2 Memorabilia

Memorabilia of the QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 from my collection picked up here and there over all those years...

QE2 Accommodation-plan issued 1976

The QE2 in Post-Falklands Grey

Post-Falklands 1983-1984 brochure (Luís Miguel Correia collection)

QE2 10th Anniversary World Cruise brochure

QE2 Maiden Voyages 1969

One of my earliest brochures of the then still fitting out QE2, picked up from a Travel
Agent somewhere. She never did these cruises due to her late delivery following turbine trouble in December 1968. Click on the image to enlarge it.
(Collection of Luis Miguel Correia)

QE2 Europe to USA Timetable and fares 1970

Cover and interior double page of QE2 timetable and fares 1970 (Collection of Luís Miguel Correia)

Monday, December 01, 2008

QE2 on North Atlantic 15-10-2008

Two magnificent photographs of the QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 taken at sea on 15 October 2008 by Andreas Busecke when the veteran Cunarder was doing her final North Atlantic westbound crossing

QE2 in Dubai 11-2008

The QE2 photographed alongside in Port Rashid, Dubai following delivery by Cunard to local interests on 27 November 2008.
Photos by Craig Leader to whom I thank the courtesy