QE2 to be converted into hotel

Southampton's most famous ship will become a luxury floating hotel.

QE2 to become luxury hotel

QE2
QE2 to become luxury floating hotel Credit: ITV Meridian

It's been announced the QE2 is going to be refurbished into a luxury five star floating hotel.

The cruise ship, which hosted kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers and celebrities throughout its legendary 40-year history, will depart from Dubai and arrive in COSCO Shipyard’s facility in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province.

Once there, it will receive a thorough revitalisation and a makeover which is scheduled for completion by 2015.

Hotel plan unveiled for the QE2

The QE2 offers more than 500,000 square feet of usable space, in a structure roughly equivalent to any five-star hotel. The ship’s redevelopment is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for any interior design professional to create what will become one of Asia’s major waterfront tourist attractions. The goal for the final design is to preserve the soul of the QE2 — many of the original furnishings and much of the décor will be incorporated — while creating a modern luxury hotel.”

– Daniel Chui, President and Chief Executive of QE2 Holdings and Managing Director of Oceanic Group

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