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I think not! We have cruised a number of times on QE2 and are travelling on her again in Oct.07 for what will, sadly be the last time. We cruised on QM2 in 2004(the Eastern Seaboard of the US and Canada) and have had no desire to return to her since. I have no doubt that she will not be our choice of ship after QE2's retirement; we may try Queen Victoria, but anticipate we shall stay with our other favourite line, Regent Seven Seas.
I think there will never be a ship like her and it is so wrong and sad that she is leaving england.
Ido not think that either of these two ships will leave anything like the impression of the QE2. She was just something very dear to many many people,both in this country and abroad. I live near to where she was built and launched and remember seeing her one misty morning sailing down the Clyde going for her trials - a scene I will never forget as she appeared out of the mist. I also saw her in 1990 when she came back to the Clyde for a viit and thousands of people lined the banks as she sailed away which was a very emotional sight indeed.
As a single traveller, I doubt it. On the QE2 in a single cabin I knew what I was going to get for my money. By paying more I ate in a classier grill room. On the new ships you pay 175% of the advertised rate and only get an empty unused bed to show for it. Not likely.
Probably - and the QM2 definitely. My single cruise on the QE2 was very disappointing and, unlike the QM2, I would never travel on the QE2 a second time.
I'm not convinced they will, there is something very special about the QE2, possibly because she is an ocean liner and not a cruise ship, she to my mind has far more class than any other ship in any fleet. Plus she is smaller and feels far more personal that these huge superliners that are more like floating cities. Packing so many people on board loses any personal touch and smacks of greed. I feel it is a great pity that she has to be sold and sent so far away, why are we so short sighted, Southampton is her home port, why could we have not done something with her here? C.B Hants .
NOT A HOPE...the QE2 was unique she was built the old fashioned way ( my famiy helped along the way!!!) the new ships wil never last that long...and being built abroad we do not have the same pride in the ships that look like floating boxes. We have no true ship to sail on now. they have all gone. its the end of an era. its all extra dining alternatives to pay for .no formality or elegance. its like comparing Macdonalds to the Ritz......there is just no comparison. For those who have never experience a wionderful ship like Qe2 they do not know any better but for those of us who have...there is just no replacement. For QE2 the Ocean was her ballroom, and though she may no longer be a debutante she could still turn heads.
Yes, Ithink they they will leave a lasting impression. I am sure that when the QE2 entered service many people would have asked the same question about the QE2 in relation to the Cunarders that she replaced at the time. Now look where she is, a much loved Icon.
The QE2 is a true liner and the newer ships have more of a hotel feel about them, albeit 5* plus. QM2 (on which we have sailed twice)lacks the friendlier touch to be found on the QE2 and the service isn't as good by any means. We had the priviledge of sailing on Canberra and The Norway (both grand ocean liners sadly no longer with us), and none of the present newer ships can compare to the atmosphere and service provided. Not all of us wish to cruise the "free style way" and prefer to enjoy the magic of the grand style of cruising. If Cunard had decided to keep QE2 they would have had no problems in filling each cruise as I lost count of the numbers of people, some American as well, who said that they preferred the QE2 to the newer QM2. WHY? The lack of the personal touch and those little caring extras when it came to service.
We feel very priviliged, yet sad, to know that we have managed to book on QE2's final voyage to Dubai. It will no doubt be emotional, but at least she will not suffer the same fate as the two previous liners that I mentioned. We would agree with one of the previous commentators however, could we not have been able to keep her as a hotel in the UK. Why must we always sell our heritage?
Most definitely not, QE" has soul.