She's over 40 years old, non SOLAS compliant (soon - i.e. for the period she would be getting certified & flagged for) and as we all know from being on board, showing her age in places - this seems to be the crux of the matter. Its not EASY to get her flagged somewhere "nice" because its the famous QE2, its HARD ! If thats what it takes for her to escape Port Rashid, its OK with me!
I'm interested you pick out the Falklands as the defining moment in the ship's career - I don't think I do... the far more interesting story for me is her original mould-breaking design, how she succeded where other ships failed, beat all the odds, survived, was rebuilt, and then clocked up an insanely huge mileage never to be bettered ! However maybe we need a "what makes her historic" topic elsewhere? Feel free to start one!
Nakheel must be dead broke? How much do you think its cost to keep her running and crewed since November with no fee paying passengers? And the dry docking, which looks pretty thorough to me! Maybe someone on here with knowledge of other ships could hazard a guess at the cost of dry-docking and re-painting QE2 last month!
This time last year I'd got off QE2 for the last time, and was certain she'd be 'internally demolished' by now, with her engines and funnel sitting on the Quayside. Anything that wards off that time...