Chinese shipyard selected to convert QE2 into floating hotel

China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), in Zhejiang, China has been tasked with converting the world’s most loved passenger ship, QE2, into a five star floating hotel.

To based somewhere in Asia, QE2-Hotel is to include a major redevelopment of QE2, which will emerge vastly different to the design the public remembers, CNS Photo reported.

The announced plans include converting the 963 staterooms into around 400 suites between 60m and 150m in size. New lounges, a banquet hall, seven restaurants, new entertainment venues and a QE2 café on the open deck, near the funnel, are planned.

The conversion is also said to include the invaluable Cunard Heritage Trail, left aboard the ship when she was sold to Dubai in 2008.  This will form part of the ship’s museum and includes rare artifacts from Cunard’s 170-year history.

QE2-Hotel represents the largest passenger ship conversion ever undertaken by a Chinese shipyard. A group of seven internationally renowned interior design firms have been asked to tender for the interior fit out.

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