Already home to the world’s tallest building and an archipelago of artificial islands, it’s no surprise then that Dubai’s newest tourist attraction just so happens to be a colossal cruise ship transformed into the gulf’s first floating hotel. Once the epitome of luxurious travel, the cruise ship appears to be making a return to the world of lavish travellers.
The Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel has just opened its portholes to the public after circling the world carrying 2.5 million passengers over decades of service. While the ship has been refurbished with all the latest technology and up-to-date amenities, the rooms still retain their original design details, classical paintings, and period features – you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d taken a step back in time right into the Titanic. It’s easy to see why, in a city distinguished by its world class tourism and attractions, the historic vessel fits right in.
After a decade of restoration and repair, the Queen Elizabeth 2 has transformed into a holidaying destination of its own; combining history, luxury, and most importantly, wow-factor. After her 39 years of service at sea, guests can now experience a distinctly British journey back in time of their own.
Equipped with a spa and pool, movie theatre, museum, nightlife venues, and even its own shopping arcade, there’s something for ever traveller. From those wanting to relax, to those wanting to party, this is one destination where you don’t have to journey far from your room for a good time. Despite the ornateness and high profile publicity, rooms start at reasonable prices – unless you’re wanting to stay in one of the 800-square-foot Royal Suites that is — meaning that this little piece of history doesn’t have to cost you.
Blending old world sophistication and the best of modern travel, the Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel, is a unique experience any seasoned traveller would want to tick off their bucket list.
Words: Georgina Shearsby-Roberts