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Sailing Into The Past

Dubai-based company PCFC Hotels transformed the iconic Queen Elizabeth II (QE2) ocean liner into a floating luxury hotel with 800 suites, a heritage museum, an English-style pub, a cabaret club, and 13 restaurants.

Chino R. Hernandez

Do you remember the iconic opening scene of Disney’s 1998 re-make of The Parent Trap? Played to the tune of Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E, actors Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson danced and drank through their honeymoon aboard the iconic Queen Elizabeth II (or commonly referred to as the QE2) ocean liner. The film captured the grandeur of the ship, which sailed through the Atlantic with a high net worth clientele and premium amenties from the late 1960s to 2008. Eventually, the Cunard-owned ship stopped sailing and was docked at its home base of South Hampton.

This year, the ship has been converted into a luxury floating hotel by PCFC Hotels. Based in the United Arab Emirates, BBC News has reported that the hotel group promises “a unique experience capturing all that was grand about her 40 years of service.” It has been transported from home base to in a permanent spot in Dubai, where the group works day and night to recreate the original splendor, making it a new hot destination in the city.


The new and improved QE2 has converted all existing cabins into hotel suites (with 224 of 800 rooms ready for service). There is also an additional new ballroom, an exhibition area showcasing the ship’s history, an Englishstyle pub, a cabaret club, and 13 restaurants. Respecting

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