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Posted on Monday 8th July

The owners of the QE2 have announced that the cruise liner will set sail to China, from her current location in Dubai, in October.

The former Cunard flagship was launched from Clydebank in 1967 and left Southampton for the final time on 11 November 2008 after a successful career during which she completed over 800 Atlantic crossings.

The ship will undergo extensive renovation work to become a floating all-suite hotel, its destination has yet to be disclosed by the current owners, United Arab Emirates property developer Nakheel, who purchased the liner for £50 million. Ownership will later be transferred to a new Dubai-based company called QE2 Shipping, with multiple investors.

QE2 Shipping chairman, Khamis Juma Buajim has said that the QE2 has undergone various inspections and an engine overhaul to allow the ship to sail under her own steam.

The QE2 is intended to leave Dubai on 18 October, with scheduled stops at Singapore and Hong Kong en route to China where the work will begin. Memorabilia will be stored in a secure warehouse in Singapore until after the work is completed.

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