She still is Queen Elizabeth 2 and long may she remain so although regrettably I can't see a positive future for her and Sea Princess how right you are how we miss her. I work in the Port of Southampton and since 2008 it doesn't feel the same without my beloved Queen Elizabeth 2, if only I could hear her horn once again booming over Southampton now that would bring a tear to my eye.
I would say the Queen Mary 2 is a worthy successor to the Queen Elizabeth 2 but as far as being iconic not so much but she has a loyal following and has been a huge success for Cunard and has quickly become a household name but obviously not with the history and background to the magnificent Queen Elizabeth 2.
When I went onboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 on the day of her final sailing from Southampton on 11 November 2008 I couldn't help but think how dated and tired she looked and so small in comparison to the new Cunarders that were in the fleet and felt that her tine had come sad as it was but also inevitable but then we all thought she had a bright future in Dubai and we all know how that has turned out so one day we will wake up to some sad news none of us want to know and I think we are realistic enough to know what that will be&#128514;
She was pretty rotten in her final years; I know AMSA were unhappy with her material condition such that at one point she wasn't far away from detention and exclusion from Australian waters.
I can only wonder what state she's in now after all these years of layup.
I saw her in Sydney on her last world cruise. She had been at Garden Island. The reason why I was in Sydney at that time was to see the first call of Queen Victoria witch was at circular quay. when she departed the Queen Elizabeth2 took her place. I saw her sail the next day and she looked just fine to me. A week latter she was at Fremantle and saw her there also. This was from the out side apperance. Queen Elizabeth 2 was built at a diffrent time back in the late 1960 and I suppose with Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria in service Cunard let the Queen Elizabeth 2 run down and not spend money on her . Great shame what her eventual fate was.I hope one day she will be able to return to the UK and not end up like the United States. At this time were Cunard indapendant or were they owned by Carnival Corporation?. If it is the latter then we know who made the decision as to the Queen Elizabeth 2 fate.