Living as I do, I am accustomed to see a great number of cruise ships during the summer season. Many of the modern ones look like Sky-scrapers turned sideways (also known as "hotels with propellers"). However - this one does not. The QE2 (or more officially "RMS Queen Elizabeth 2") is not just another boat - she is a SHIP!
Wikipedia says it like this:
RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) is a Cunard Line ocean liner named after the earlier Cunard liner RMS Queen Elizabeth, which in turn was named after Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Queen consort of George VI. She was the flagship of the line from 1969 until succeeded by RMS Queen Mary 2 in 2004. Built in Clydebank, Scotland, she was considered the last of the great transatlantic ocean liners prior to the construction of the QM2. Before she was refitted with a diesel power plant in 1986, she was also the last oil-fired passenger steamship to cross the Atlantic in scheduled liner service. During almost 40 years of service, the QE2 has travelled the world and now operates predominantly as a cruise ship, sailing out of Southampton, England. She will be retired from active service in late 2008, to become a floating hotel at Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.It is a pity she is going out of service, but she has still a couple of cruises left for this area, so maybe I can get some more pictures?
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