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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #165 on: Mar 25, 2018, 09:09 PM »
Yes, I find it poignant and it has a "finality" to it as well as a former passenger and as my favourite ship since a young child. This is partly why I'd find a visit surreal too. Although her sailing days ended years ago from a regulations point of view alone.
Returning to QE2 will be strange for all of us who do decide to make the long trek to Dubai; I myself will probably find it a little eerie to be onboard without the rhythmic thrum of her trusty diesels. I imagine people who sailed on the Queen Mary during her career feel a similar way when visiting her in Long Beach. Still, I plan to fly out there with my family to see just how much of that splendid character remains!
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« Reply #166 on: Mar 25, 2018, 09:12 PM »
Returning to QE2 will be strange for all of us who do decide to make the long trek to Dubai; I myself will probably find it a little eerie to be onboard without the rhythmic thrum of her trusty diesels. I imagine people who sailed on the Queen Mary during her career feel a similar way when visiting her in Long Beach. Still, I plan to fly out there with my family to see just how much of that splendid character remains!

I'll miss her other unique, "living" sounds too but like you can't wait to see her again and what she's like now.
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« Reply #167 on: Mar 25, 2018, 09:30 PM »
I too am sad about her ever lengthening distance from being operable...I was distraught when they started cutting holes in Britannia (so we could see her engines) or cutting the ground power plugs from Concorde...it just diminishes the original purpose of the object...

Having said all that I am pleased she's being saved and prepared for a new life...we are in Dubai 5-8 May, what are our chances of staying on QE2?

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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #168 on: Mar 25, 2018, 09:32 PM »
I too am sad about her ever lengthening distance from being operable...I was distraught when they started cutting holes in Britannia (so we could see her engines) or cutting the ground power plugs from Concorde...it just diminishes the original purpose of the object...

Having said all that I am pleased she's being saved and prepared for a new life...we are in Dubai 5-8 May, what are our chances of staying on QE2?

Several sources (including the people running her) are saying she'll open in April, 3rd week...
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« Reply #169 on: Mar 25, 2018, 11:01 PM »
Several sources (including the people running her) are saying she'll open in April, 3rd week...
I wonder whether they are setting aside any space for a play area/nursery since we are planning on taking Ruby when we visit, it would be incredibly useful...

On that note, did QE2 ever have an area for children? I wasn't a parent the last time I was onboard so I can't say I cared to look.
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #170 on: Mar 25, 2018, 11:12 PM »
I wonder whether they are setting aside any space for a play area/nursery since we are planning on taking Ruby when we visit, it would be incredibly useful...

On that note, did QE2 ever have an area for children? I wasn't a parent the last time I was onboard so I can't say I cared to look.

Yes she had the Nursery on Sun Deck as I remember from my early voyages (had a route to the bridge) but I'm not sure it'll be used for this purpose as it was quite out of the way. The teen club was on Quarter Deck but was a small room. I don't know what provision they'll have now though. The last I heard was the Nursery was cleared and cleaned if I am remembering correctly...
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« Reply #171 on: Mar 25, 2018, 11:24 PM »
Yes she had the Nursery on Sun Deck as I remember from my early voyages (had a route to the bridge) but I'm not sure it'll be used for this purpose as it was quite out of the way. The teen club was on Quarter Deck but was a small room. I don't know what provision they'll have now though. The last I heard was the Nursery was cleared and cleaned if I am remembering correctly...
Ah, it probably isn't going to retained if it was in an inconvenient spot; hotels generally like to have nurseries fairly close to the main lobby. I do hope they include a space, it's nice for children to be able to have somewhere to play, even if it's not extensive.

Thanks for the nursery information Thomas, trying to plan a holiday around a baby is quite tiring so knowing she at least had facilities at one point is reassuring!
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #172 on: Mar 25, 2018, 11:26 PM »
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #173 on: Mar 26, 2018, 01:20 AM »
I too understand why these things are being done to QE2, but it really was wrenching when her lifeboats and davits were removed.  But it was a blow to the stomach when her propellers were removed.

All of that said, I am so very thankful that a new life is in the offing for our beloved ship !
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #174 on: Mar 26, 2018, 08:33 AM »
Same. I just can't get used to this boatless Boat Deck and if it's permanent I think it's a nonsense and a mistake. Strolling on a lifeboat covered promenade deck is inseparable from the experience of sailing on a liner. So an empty Boat Deck conveys nothing, resembles nothing and doesn't belong to the real QE2.

Unless… my only hope is that they've been temporarily removed to compensate weight after the removal of the propellers and other stuff, otherwise she might be too top-heavy for the return trip from the dry dock.

But maybe it's just me dreaming.

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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #175 on: Mar 26, 2018, 11:34 AM »
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #176 on: Mar 26, 2018, 03:35 PM »
Famed QE2 ship now hiring staff, begins conversion to hotel at Dubai drydock

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/travel-hospitality/392745-famed-qe2-ship-now-hiring-staff-begins-conversion-to-hotel-at-dubai-drydock

There was a photo poster thing going around on Facebook back in January with PCFC advertising jobs aboard, and recruitment plus training has been underway for a number of weeks already apparently.
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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #177 on: Mar 26, 2018, 04:30 PM »
Crew are all hired already the join the ship after the dry dock

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Re: QE2 Dry Docking March 2018
« Reply #178 on: Mar 26, 2018, 07:35 PM »
Selection of photos here


https://instagram.com/p/Bgyl369B1fV
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« Reply #179 on: Mar 26, 2018, 08:14 PM »
Rob
Thank you for posting.
What do you think those whitish 'things' are beyond the chain?
They look heavy!
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