Deuces Wild: QE2 Gets Royal Sendoff

Historic liner, launched by Elizabeth II in 1967, will become floating Dubai hotel
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2008 2:42 PM CDT
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II poses with former Captains of the QE2.   (AP Photo/Arthur Edwards, The Sun. pool)
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(Newser) – Queen Elizabeth II toured the QE2 cruise liner today ahead of its retirement in November, the BBC reports. The Queen herself launched the liner in 1967; though it's the second ship to bear the name, it's not named after the current monarch.

Owners don't intend to scuttle the luxury ship; rather, it is heading to Dubai to be converted into a floating hotel. On board to greet the Queen were crew members, some of whom have served aboard from the beginning.