A campaign group has claimed that iconic ocean liner the QE2 has been "left to rot" in Dubai after she left the UK in 2008 for her new home at the UAE state's Port Rashid.
Campaigner Stephen Robinson fears she will end up being scrapped and highlighted the ship's plight in Liverpool this weekend as crowds gathered to see Cunard's Three Queens ships in the River Mersey.
According to the Liverpool Echo, plans to turn the QE2 into a floating hotel crashed and there are rumours she could be sold for scrap.
Mr Robinson told the Liverpool Echo: "She is still largely intact but she is in rather a sorry state, covered in dirt and dust inside and out, with her future very much uncertain.
"Unless something is done soon, she will end up being scrapped which would be a terrible waste of such an iconic ship."
In November last year, new images emerged of the cruise ship "rotting away" in Port Rashid.
According to Arabian Business, fans contacted the news agency to send photos of staff members barbequing a pig on QE2's outside deck.
Former engineer on the QE2 Rod Fair told Arabian Business: "I cannot for the life of me understand why this magnificent ship is sitting there rotting, and costing somebody a fortune, when it could well be elsewhere being useful."
Things you never knew you could do on a cruise ship
QE2 cruise ship "left to rot" after being sold to Dubai
Zip-lining through the rainforest in Costa Rica is one thing but did you ever imagine whizzing across a cruise ship? Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas features the first zip line on a cruise ship, a thrilling 82-foot ride in the Sports Zone, suspended nine decks above the Boardwalk. It's the perfect ride for thrill-seekers.
Wrap up warm in a thermal coat and enjoy a drink at the Enniskillin/SVEDKA Ice Bar on board Norwegian Getaway, kept at -8C. The ice bar features 3D ice sculptures inspired by its homeport of Miami, including South Beach’s iconic Ocean Drive skyline and palm trees etched into the walls, a 'Welcome to Miami Beach' sign and a life-size alligator throne made entirely of ice.
Royal Caribbean has brought the fairground to the sea with its bumper car ride in its revolutionary indoor active space, SeaPlex. The space allows you to go head-to-head on the bumper cars or glide about on roller skates - both a first at sea. There's even music provided by a DJ in a floating booth overhead and the first-ever food truck at sea serving up tasty snacks.
Daredevils onboard Norwegian Getaway can have a go at walking The Plank! Located in the Sports Complex, The Plank is for thrill-seekers who want a challenge. Those who are brave enough will walk eight feet over the side of the ship, smiling at the end of the plank as cameras capture the conquering moment.
Hit the surf at sea with Royal Caribbean's FlowRider surf simulator, which sends water at a very high speed across a small area that mimics what it is like to surf on the ocean. Guests can ride it as many times as they like during their cruise and can try traditional stand-up surfing or boogie boarding.
Each of Holland America Line’s ships has a huge art collection worth around $2-3 million and guests are encouraged to make the most of the art works by going on a special self-guided walking tour. The tour includes walking directions, interviews with artists, background music and thumbnails of the art work. You can either download the art tour onto your personal MP3 player or phone, or use one of the pre-loaded iPods on board. Highlights include works by Andy Warhol, Richard Estes and Roy Lichtenstein, while the oldest piece is a collection of 5,000-year-old pre-Columbian limestone figures from Ecuador.
On Silversea Cruises' Silver Shadow, you can browse an exclusive onboard collection of art from the likes of Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro. Silversea partnered with the Andrew Weiss Gallery in Los Angeles and worked with Rami Ron, an expert of 19th and 20th century art and one of the gallery's curators to establish the world-class art collection at sea. As the ship's resident art expert, Ron offers personal and group tours of the art, as well as Q&A sessions.
Fancy skydiving at sea? On Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas you can experience the thrill of skydiving on the deep blue ocean. Ripcord by iFly allows cruisers of all ages to fly and enjoy an exhilarating thrill of a lifetime. The 23-foot tall indoor vertical wind tunnel creates a feeling of freefall as you float several feet in the air above four powerful fans. Guests are even given a training course where they're taught flight positions and hand signals.
Carrying over 700,000 children aboard its ships each year, Carnival Cruise Line has a fleet-wide Seuss at Sea programme to keep the kids happy. This involves a family dining experience inspired by the amazing world of Dr. Seuss, allowing families to enjoy a Green Eggs and Ham breakfast with the Cat in the Hat himself! Book with Cruise Nation.
Ok, so you can't actually ride a real Formula 1 racing car around a cruise ship but on MSC Cruises' ships you can put your racing skills to the test in the high-tech Formula 1 simulator. Just step into the sleek, powerful Formula 1 car to live out the thrills of a fast-paced race while at sea.
Take in the views onboard Royal Caribbean International's Quantum and Anthem of the Seas in the liner's North Star pod. The attraction promises an uplifting experience, lifting you 300 feet above sea level so you can take in the incredible 360-degree panoramic views of the glittering ocean, the ship far below you and the destinations on your itinerary.
The restaurants on board cruise ships are incredible so you’re bound to find some delectable chocolate desserts to tickle your taste buds but if a chocolate brownie isn’t enough, how about a chocolate spa treatment? You can indulge in an ultra-hydrating chocolate body treatment at Princess Cruises' Lotus Spa. Book with Cruise Nation.
The Bionic Bar on Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas is a bartender like no other. Run by two bionic mixologists, the exciting drinking experience allows you to watch as the the robot arms get to work, shaking, stirring and straining two drinks in just one-minute. There is even a resident DJ playing upbeat and contemporary music, and you can order favourites, such as martinis and mojitos, from the e-menu.
Experience icy temperatures in Viking Cruises' snow grotto at sea: a frosty room set at -10C, where snow flakes fall from the ceiling. The Snow Grotto, on Viking Star, allows you to partake in the Scandinavian ritual of going from hot to cold temperature extremes (also known as contrast bathing). Nordic bathing traditions dictate that you sit in the sauna for as long as possible before rolling around in the snow or pouring a bucket of ice-cold water over yourself, all in the name of giving your circulatory system a boost.
QE2 cruise ship "left to rot" after being sold to Dubai
Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, sister ship to Quantum of the Seas, is set to be just as all-singing and all-dancing, featuring bumper cars, Jamie’s Italian (as in Oliver) and more, as well as a strong emphasis on all things musical. Cruise deal: An eight-night cruise on Anthem of the Seas, departing 22 April 2015, starts at £899pp. royalcaribbean.co.uk.
River cruising is one of the hottest travel trends right now. Because they’re smaller, river ships can take you right into the heart of the action; plus there are frequent stops. Perhaps the most intriguing destination for 2015 is Burma, with its glittering temples and ancient traditions. Now’s the time to go, before the big high-rise hotels move in. Cruise deal: Uniworld's 17-day Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong costs from £4,099pp, including all meals, alcohol and return flights. titantravel.co.uk.
Staff catering to your every whim, gourmet dinners, white fluffy robes to watch the sunset from your balcony: a cruise gives you a taste of the high life at a fraction of the cost of luxury hotels, and more and more cruise lines are offering extra flourishes to entice you. Cruise deal: Book a Celebrity Cruises holiday between 1 August and 30 September 2014 on selected worldwide sailings and receive a free upgrade to a room with a private balcony and flights from just £49, including transfers. Guests sailing out of Southampton will also receive a complimentary classic drinks package worth up to $1,400, free car parking at the port or a complimentary private chauffeur driven journey to the ship when booking a suite. celebritycruises.co.uk.
If you’ve been longing to visit Cuba then 2015 is definitely the year to go: big changes are afoot and it won't be long before it's completely commercialised. Thomson’s Cuban Fusion itinerary includes two full days in Havana, as well as Caribbean ports of call including Montego Bay. Cruise deal: A seven-night Cuban Fusion cruise, departing January 2015 from Montego Bay, starts at £1080pp, including return flights and transfers thomson.co.uk.
There's no doubt that one of the best ways to look for the aurora borealis is from a cruise ship. Go in January, February or March, when the air is crisp and the nights are clear, and you’re pretty much guaranteed a spectacular light show. Cruise deal: A return journey from Tromsø to Kirkenese and back in January 2015 costs from £575pp (based on two sharing, full board. Flights extra). Visit hurtigruten.co.uk.
Savvy cruise lines have cottoned on to the fact that we don’t just want to eat lots of food when we’re on a cruise – we want to learn how to cook it too. On Oceania Cruises’ Marina, there’s a dedicated culinary school, the Bon Appétit Culinary Center. Cruise deal: A 10-night cruise on Marina, sailing in October 2015, starts from £1949pp. A single session class in the Bon Appétit Culinary Center is $69 per person (around £45). Visit oceaniacruises.com.
Royal Princess, named by the Duchess of Cambridge last summer, and recently seen on ITV’s The Cruise Ship, makes a return to the UK in 2015. Probably one of the most glamorous ships afloat, it includes a fabulous spa and adults-only area, The Sanctuary. Cruise deal: A 12-night British Isles cruise on Royal Princess, departing 21 May 2015, starts at £1,482pp. Visit princess.com.
Will P&O’s Britannia rule the waves next year? We’ll have to wait until May to find out, but this state-of-the-art ship is the biggest ever built for the British market. It features the first British cookery school at sea, run by celeb chef James Martin, as well as cuisine created by Marco Pierre White. Cruise deal: Two-night taster cruises round-trip from Southampton to Guernsey on board Britannia .From £315pp. Visit pocruises.com.
A cruise on the mighty US river from New Orleans to Memphis is one of the iconic journeys and there's no better way to experience it than on a luxurious paddle steamer. American Queen is an authentic reproduction of a traditional ship. Cruise deal: A nine-day New Orleans-Memphis holiday (seven night cruise on American Queen with one night pre-cruise hotel stay) from £2,595pp including flights, transfers, excursions, and wine with dinner. Visit lightbluetravel.co.uk.
Cruise lines are rapidly catching on to the fact that we don’t necessarily want to share (or pay full whack for a stateroom made for two). Norwegian’s Breakaway and Getaway are just two of the newer ships that cater for single cruisers with The Studios, which offer smart accommodation, including a hang-out for mingling. Cruise deal: A nine-night Eastern Caribbean fly-cruise on Norwegian Getaway starts at £1642 in April 2015, based on one person staying in The Studios. Visit ncl.co.uk.
Fancy exploring Scandinavia with Captain Mickey and co? Disney Cruise Lines returns to the UK in 2015, with Disney Magic sailing from Dover to Barcelona. Cruise deal: A seven-night cruise from Dover to Barcelona sailing in August 2015 starts at £2507.16pp. Visit disneycruise.disney.go.com.
Adventure cruising – going off the beaten track, embracing your inner Ben Fogle and getting up close (but not too close) to orcas and polar bears is for many thrill-seekers the ultimate challenge. And this is the year to do it! Cruise deal: An 11-night Classic Antarctica cruise from Chimu Adventures starts from £2,970pp. Visit chimuadventures.com.
Forget everything negative you’ve heard about cruise ship entertainment, because the stakes have been well and truly raised. Not only can you see Broadway musicals including Saturday Night Fever and Legally Blonde, but you can also go to gigs by some of the world’s best known performers (Carnival Cruise Lines boasted performances by Jennifer Hudson and Olivia Newton-John in 2014). Cruise deal: Carnival cruises offers 7-day Caribbean cruises from £339pp, excluding flights. Visit carnival.co.uk.
A brand new ocean cruise line is something to get excited about. Viking are known for their river cruises, but the first of their three ocean ships starts sailing from Norway in May 2015, promising their signature Scandinavian chic, an infinity pool and some enticing itineraries. Cruise deal: Cruises start from £1,749pp, including flights, private veranda stateroom, all meals, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks, guided shore excursions in each port of call and free Wifi. Visit vikingoceancruises.co.uk.
2015 sees the centenary of Gallipoli, and the sinking of the passenger ship RMS Lusitania; there will be lots of commemorative events, but Cunard’s Lusitania Remembered voyage on board the elegant Queen Victoria promises to be a particularly fitting tribute. Cruise deal: The Lusitania Remembered cruise from 3-15 May 2015 starts at £879pp. For more info see cunard.co.uk