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Queen Elizabeth 2 vital statistics
Company: Cunard (until November 2008)
Home Port: Southampton, England
Gross Tonnage: 70,327 tons
Cruising Speed: 23-28 knots (max 32.5 knots)
Passenger Capacity: 1,791
Passenger Decks: 12
Voyages sailed on this ship: 2 x Transatlantic
The 'grand old lady' of the seas, the QE2 was the
fastest of the ocean liners; she could achieve a faster
speed in reverse (18 knots) than a lot of ships can
Trevor stands on the deck of the QE2 with
the distinctive red funnel in the
You never know who you might meet on a Cunard
transatlantic voyage, but "unless I'm very much
mistaken" here's Trevor with motor racing
commentator Murray Walker on the QE2 in June 1997.
In October 2008 we witnessed the QE2 leaving the Tyne
for the last time on her final voyage around the British
Isles. A large crowd had turned out at the Port of Tyne to
see this iconic ship leave port.
The captain, who incidentally was from Sunderland, gave
three 10-second blasts of the ship’s forghorn before she
moved away from her berth and slowly made her way
down the Tyne to the North Sea. From our vantage point
we could also hear an on-board opera singer singing the
appropriate (and sad) song “Time To Say Goodbye”.
The poignant sight of the QE2 in retirement in Dubai,
taken from the deck of the QM2 during our Indian
Ocean voyage in 2010.
The name of Southampton has been noticeably
removed from her stern and the name 'Port Vila'
painted there instead.
A true legend.
The QE2 in Dubai in January 2018, the year in which she reaches 10 years in
reitrement. We were pleased to see that the ship was not in as poor condition as
we had anticipated; indeed we spotted quite a few men working on the decks, so
perhaps Dubai has plans for this great liner after all.
The QE2 against the distinctive Dubai skyline, including the Burj Khalifa on the
right. Photo taken from our vantage point on board the Celebrity Constellation in