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RMS Queen Elizabeth 2

RMS Queen Elizabeth 2

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RMS Queen Elizabeth 2

The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 is one of the most illustrious ships ever built. She has loyally served as a floating ambassador for Englan for over 40 years and draws huge crowds wherever she goes. She is truly a English icon and is the longest serving Cunard flagship and indeed Cunard ship. Sadly on the 18th June 2007 it was announced by Cunard Line and Carnival Corporation & PLC that she would be retired from service in November 2008 and would be preserved in Dubai as a hotel and museum at The Palm Jumeirah in honoured retirement. So 2008 will be her final season before we say farewell to the world famous and legendary QE2 for the last time and she sails from Southampton and Britain's shores bound for retirement in Dubai never to return. She was built by the famous John Brown & Co. (Clydebank) Ltd shipyard on the River Clyde that had built her predecessors the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth and she was launched in 1967 by HM Queen Elizabeth II. She was the last ocean liner built on the River Clyde. However she didn’t have the easiest of introductions and her early years were plagued with difficulties. However she has improved with age and by the 1980s had built up a strong reputation as one of the finest cruise liners in the world. In 1982 she, like her predecessors, was called up into military service as a troopship during the Falklands War. The QE2 also uniquely developed a partnership with another transatlantic legend, the supersonic Concorde of British Airways, from 1983 until the retirement of the airliner in 2003. However Cunard Line’s travel partnership with British Airways still continues to the present day the RMS Queen Mary 2. Today the legendary QE2, as she is affectionately known, is a world famous maritime icon and national treasure. Since her introduction she has been the flagship of the British merchant fleet. During her long career she has broken many records and is renowned for her World Cruises as the RMS Empress of Britain was in the 1930s. In September 2005 she became to be Cunard’s longest serving ship, surpassing the RMS Scythia (1921 to 1957). She also single-handedly continued the tradition of the transatlantic ocean liner for 30 years until this mantle was handed on to the new RMS Queen Mary 2 in 2004. The QE2 is a true maritime icon and ocean going legend. Never has a ship so justly deserved the title “The Most Famous Ocean Liner in the World”. She most certainly deserves to be recognised as an English Icon.

Alex Naughton

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