The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, often affectionately abbreviated as QE2, holds an illustrious place in maritime history as one of the most iconic ocean liners of the 20th century. Commissioned by the renowned Cunard Line, she graced the seas for over four remarkable decades, setting the standard for elegance and luxury on the high seas. With her regal presence and impeccable service, QE2 was the epitome of a bygone era when ocean liner travel was a symbol of opulence and adventure. Throughout her career, she ferried passengers to far-flung destinations, capturing the hearts of those who embarked on her voyages and leaving an indelible mark on the world of maritime travel.
QE2’s legacy endures not only as a testament to the grandeur of ocean liner travel but also as an inspiration to maritime enthusiasts and collectors. Her timeless charm and rich history continue to be celebrated through models and memorabilia, offering a way for admirers to bring a touch of her elegance and beauty into their own homes and offices, keeping her memory alive for generations to come.
This 1:294 scale model, complete with LED lights, captures every detail of the original ship, from the wooden planks on the decks to the metal railings and delicate add-ons like the propellers. With its accurate paint scheme, busy deck, and wooden base with brass nameplate, this model is sure to impress anyone who appreciates the majesty of the Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth 2, often referred to simply as the QE2, is an ocean liner built for Cunard and operated by Cunard as liner and cruise ship from 1969 to 2008. She was designed as a liner on the transatlantic service from her home port of Southampton, UK, to New York, USA, and was named after the earlier Cunard liner RMS Queen Elizabeth. She served as the flagship of the line from 1969 until succeeded by RMS Queen Mary 2 in 2004. Designed in Cunard’s then headquarters and regional offices in Liverpool and Southampton respectively, and built in Clydebank, Scotland, she was considered to be the last of the great transatlantic ocean liners until the construction of the Queen Mary 2 was announced. Before she was refitted with a diesel power plant in 1986/87, Queen Elizabeth 2 was also the last oil-fired passenger steamship to cross the Atlantic in scheduled liner service.
During almost forty years of service, the Queen Elizabeth 2 undertook regular world cruises and latterly operated predominantly as a cruise ship, sailing out of Southampton, England. Queen Elizabeth 2 had no running mate and never ran a year-round weekly transatlantic express service to New York. Queen Elizabeth 2 did, however, continue the Cunard tradition of regular scheduled transatlantic crossings every year of her service life. Contrary to the title of this article, Queen Elizabeth 2 was never designated RMS, or Royal Mail Ship. Queen Elizabeth 2 retired from active Cunard service on 27 November 2008. She was acquired by Istithmar, the investment company of Dubai World, which planned to begin conversion of the vessel to a floating hotel moored at the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. In July 2012, Istithmar announced that conversion would take about 18 months.