QE2 is the world’s most celebrated Ocean Liner.

There is no ship in recent memory that symbolised the history and legacy of the Cunard more than QE2. QE2 was and still is unquestionably the most famous ship in the world. For nearly 40 years, QE2 was a global ambassador for both Cunard and Britain. She sailed 5.6 million miles and carried 2.5 million passengers in style, comfort and luxury.

QE2 BookAlthough her sailing days have drawn to an end, QE2 lives on in our memories, as one of the most beloved ships of all time; while 2018 she appears set to reopen as a luxury floating hotel in Dubai.

Celebrate 50 years of QE2:

Fifty years ago the last British built transatlantic liner was launched. Christened by HM The Queen on 20 September 1967, the 963ft-long vessel was named Queen Elizabeth 2. By the end of that same day, she was already known by her famous nickname: QE2.

Fast, smart and sleek, QE2 sailed over 5.6 million miles and carried more than 2.5 million passengers during a magnificent 39 1/2 year career. Put simply, she carried more people further than any ship before her and remains the longest-serving express liner in history. Through words penned by passionate QE2 travellers and with tribute stories from captains, crew and guests, a wide selection of carefully selected photographs bring this wonderful ship to life.

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