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QE2 Runs Aground on Last Trip

Legendary liner, headed to become floating Dubai hotel, hits sandbar off UK

(Newser) - The Queen Elizabeth 2, one of the most famous cruise ships in the world, endured an inglorious UK homecoming today, running aground as it approached its home port of Southampton for the last time. Five tugboats had to haul the 70,000-ton liner off the sandbank; it still docked in... More »

Deuces Wild: QE2 Gets Royal Sendoff

Historic liner, launched by Elizabeth II in 1967, will become floating Dubai hotel

(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. More »

QE2 to Dock, for Good, in Dubai

Cruising days over, storied ship will be a floating hotel in the Persian Gulf

(Newser) - After 40 years at sea, the glamorous passenger liner QE2 will be sold by Carnival Cruise Lines to a Dubai firm for $100 million, then turned into luxury lodgings. The company promises to restore the interior of the ship, which will be anchored off three man-made islands, and to build... More »

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