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Offline Tyne Turbine

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« Reply #15 on: Feb 04, 2018, 08:39 PM »
Further to your question as to location Rob, it looks to me that she is berthed in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The clock tower is as you say distinctive as is the marquee at the far end of the pier used as a check-in by Thomson/Tui/Marella and any other company starting cruises from the port.

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« Reply #16 on: Feb 04, 2018, 08:52 PM »
Attached is a picture of the clock tower at Santa Cruz de Tenerife taken in 2008 on the last visit to the port of QE2.

Offline Bob van Leeuwen

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« Reply #17 on: Feb 04, 2018, 09:05 PM »

Really nice to see something the website up, it finally shows some real progress being communicated by the owners after a very long time.

I do hope that they put more content on it, although it is maybe way to early to judge them based on that.

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« Reply #18 on: Feb 04, 2018, 09:36 PM »
I also wonder how many of us signed up for the email updates.
Just about everyone I would think. Thank you to all who pointed out that they have used a photo of QE2 in service. Speaks volumes I think. I remain sceptical as I do about everything to do with Dubai. Cynical abuse of western values yet more than happy to take our money!
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Offline Bob van Leeuwen

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« Reply #19 on: Feb 04, 2018, 09:49 PM »
Just thinking about it, 10 years ago the economic downturn was going on at the time, and the hotel would have been opened in the middle of it all, say 2009-2010. Maybe it is just better that all the delays and such happened, since 10 years on I recently have heard only good new, people go on vacation more often etc.

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« Reply #20 on: Feb 04, 2018, 10:06 PM »
Fantastic, so we're less than a month away from seeing QE2 with life again. :)

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Re: QE2 Hotel Website
« Reply #21 on: Feb 04, 2018, 10:53 PM »
Fantastic, so we're less than a month away from seeing QE2 with life again. :)

How are you gathering that from the website? It just says "soon"
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« Reply #22 on: Feb 04, 2018, 10:54 PM »
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You never going to be happy are you? almost feel sorry for you
   

Oh Louis , remember its  a discussion forum, dont take things personally, But when anyone posts anything on here , and more so when its do do with QE2, we wont all agree on the same things. you shouldnt take things personally. its not YOU its aimed at.    Heres my take on ths.

  When l first saw the website l thought Oh good at last some news, well lets face its, its nothing of the sort. its an old photo , if l wasnt such a cynic id say the whole thing its nothing more than a teaser. We wait all this time and this is the best her owners can do. They have had numerous times to update a photo of QE2 in her present situation, they could have enticed us with a few pictures of the new carperts . But no nothing to entice or cause interest

Lets look for example " A new take on Hospitality"  is this because they have no staff in place trained upto a sufficient standard, or are the staff (assuming they have staff) going to be coming out covered in all the ritz and glitz and dare i say tat that is linked to Dubai . Oh theres a link at the bottom asking for staff to apply.One would have assumed recruiting might all have been in place by now, or are they thinking some of the old crew might wish to go back and work onboard

Expand your tastes, well that can mean just anything, and A Royal Experience, now thats a seriously bold statement to make . Do they mean Royal from our British point of view or Royal from the family in Dubai...

Iv always said l would never go to Dubai to see QE2. two reasons , if l accidently stroked a guys behind i have no wish to be thrown in jail, and secondly she wont be the QE2 that l remember.

And after nine and  a half years, is this really the best they can do.... well at the moment Yes .
Two friends recently returned from New year in Dubai and stayed at The Burj...any eye wateringly expensive  hotel , and both entirely differing views on the place. Had l known they were going there, id have asked them to pop along to QE2.

QE2 in her new location is going to open her upto a whole new audience, people will in time step onboard and marvel at her (new carpets  ::)) they will see what Dubai have turned QE2 into.  For all us old timers who hark back to the glory days of her and 28knots, heck some of us were up in arms when they introduced the Pub ( Basils Bistro) imagine a pub on QE2  . In later years leaving from a lovely Dinner they were showing some football match and had pies for the gathering, Yes Pies on the QE2... :o..  The old timers are a dying breed , quite possibly we should stand aside with our emotions.
 
Dont get me wrong l wish QE2 all the very best of Good Luck for her new future. l just wish her owners had been more mindful that all eyes were and are upon them, and mess up QE2 and you do face the wrath of her long time fans.     

Casting my mind back to the launch of the new Queen Elizabeth , Cunard had subtly enticed us through the building process, through the completion and through the various stages so that ultimately , that day on the Quayside as you arrived for the preview tour , you were met with a large sign, all is said was " The wait is over " my own private thoughts were Thank ***k for that. But they had created a buzz , heck even little old me was a might interested , but as we know that didnt last long, but l digress 
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« Reply #23 on: Feb 04, 2018, 11:08 PM »
Fantastic, so we're less than a month away from seeing QE2 with life again. :)

Friday 30th March is the date apparently from different sources. Quite a bit of time left to run. Finishing touches are still needed let alone hotel staff training and familiarisation.
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« Reply #24 on: Feb 04, 2018, 11:10 PM »
Just thinking about it, 10 years ago the economic downturn was going on at the time, and the hotel would have been opened in the middle of it all, say 2009-2010. Maybe it is just better that all the delays and such happened, since 10 years on I recently have heard only good new, people go on vacation more often etc.

She would've been ruined with the plans they first had for her (glass funnel etc etc), but they now seem to have realised what they have with the mostly sympathetic work done since late 2015.
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« Reply #25 on: Feb 05, 2018, 12:38 AM »
How are you gathering that from the website? It just says "soon"

Because someone said she'll open up in March?

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« Reply #26 on: Feb 05, 2018, 06:56 AM »
Because someone said she'll open up in March?

Well spotted, Kevin.

Just shows that we have to read the news (in this case, the new website) with eagle eyes and watch out for what it says and what it doesn't say. Very astutely, the website does not mention any opening day, but just whets our appetite for more news (hence the option to sign up).

So what we know is that there is a serious intention to open up -- and that is already some good news. As for the details, we need to wait a bit longer.

Offline Bob van Leeuwen

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« Reply #27 on: Feb 05, 2018, 07:41 AM »
Apart from that, but it might just have made things worse since, what if they have run out of money half way trough, I don't know how hard the it all hit in Dubai, but if it was anything like here that kind of a project would most likely been killed.

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« Reply #28 on: Feb 05, 2018, 07:48 AM »
Apart from that, but it might just have made things worse since, what if they have run out of money half way trough, I don't know how hard the it all hit in Dubai, but if it was anything like here that kind of a project would most likely been killed.

Indeed which would've been even worse  :(
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Re: The world famous QE2 ship set to open as a hotel
« Reply #29 on: Feb 05, 2018, 04:37 PM »
Read more here

http://whatson.ae/dubai/2018/02/world-famous-qe2-ship-set-to-open-as-a-hotel/

Thanks for posting.

"Although not confirmed by Port, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), who are now responsible for the QE2, some sources claim that the ship will open in the first half of the year."

Sounds rather encouraging. However, I will believe it when I see it.