She’s a 963-foot luxury liner that has been circling the globe since 1975. Departing from New York, the QE2’s 109-day cruise features stops in Acapulco, Hawaii, Australia, Japan, China, and South Africa.
Originally built as a two-class liner in the 1960s, the QE2 did away with all that class business years ago. These days they offer a myriad of cabins to suit any budget:
The size and location and price of your cabin determine which dining room you are assigned. Those in the larger suites and split-level apartments dine in the elegant Queen’s Grill, while those who dwell in the interior staterooms situated next to one of the turbo charged diesel engines take their meals in the Mauritania – a dining room named after an African country ranked one of the poorest in the world. So much for doing away with class distinctions – enjoy your deep fried skate.
However the QE2 welcomes all passengers – even those in the skanky underclass – to enjoy the various swimming pools, night clubs, movie theater, casino, shopping promenade, health club, beauty salon, computer center, and what is advertised as, “The most extensive library at sea.”
Did Bossy mention the on-board hospital? Staffed by two whole doctors? Good because boy are you going to need it. The Center for Disease Control reports that nearly 300 passengers on the latest round-the-world cruise contracted the norovirus only 16 days into their trip. Side effects include stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, headache, chills, and death. But only when you’re elderly and we all know none of them are on cruise ships.