QE2 Book

Queen Elizabeth 2 History Pages

QE2 is one of the most famous ships in the world. Between 1969 and 2008 QE2 was a global ambassador for both Cunard and the United Kingdom. QE2 sailed 5.6 million miles and carried 2.5 million passengers in style, comfort and luxury.

Her sailing days came to an end in 2008, however QE2 lives on as a floating hotel in Dubai, where she remains one of the most beloved ships of all time.

As a hotel ship, QE2 showcases the ocean liner story to a new generation of travellers.

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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