QE2 TOUR AND
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MAJOR PUBLIC ROOMS
The 531-seat Theatre hosted lectures during the day and then at
night has movies on that increasingly rare luxury - - a full
screen. There was both a main level and a balcony (left). The
Theater was also used for inter-denominational religious
services conducted by the captain on those Sundays when the
ship was at sea (below).
The Queens Room was a large multi-function
room. During the day, it was used for yoga and dance
classes as well as for afternoon tea. In the evenings, it
was used for receptions and parties. After dinner, it
was the scene for ballroom dancing to live music.
Located on Quarter Deck, the Queens Room was
designed as the first class ballroom. Discrete signs
informing passengers of this fact were placed at the
entrances until the late 1980s. Its location also
suggested this fact as it was on the same deck as the
original first class dining room, the Columbia
Restaurant, and the original first class bar, the Midships
Bar and what was the first class library. As already
noted, these distinctions vanished over time and in
recent times the room was used by all.
Over the years, the room's decor changed numerous
times. Like the rest of the ship, it had a space age
theme when the ship entered service. All that remains of
that design at the end were the pillars and the ceiling.
Above left: A bust of Her majesty Queen Elizabeth 2 by Oscar Nemon. Hours could be spent debating whether the
ship was named after the monarch or after the earlier Cunarder QUEEN ELIZABETH. Cunard intended the latter and
the ship was not going to have a number in its name. However, the Queen added "the Second" when she launched the
ship in 1967. Cunard added an arabic "2" rather than a Roman numeral "II" to the name to distinguish the ship from
the monarch. However, one inquiry to the Palace reportedly did produce a reply indicating that the intent was that the
ship be named after the monarch.
Above right: A wooden carving of The Queen's coat of arms.
Below left: Afternoon tea in the Queens Room in the early 1990s.
Below right: A view of the Queens Room prior to the 1994 refit.
The Grand Lounge was a two-deck high
multi-function room. During the day, it was used for
activities such as trivia, bingo, and lectures. At night,
it was the primary show venue.
This room began life as the Double Room. The
balcony area included a bar and was known as the
Double Up Room. The lower area had a small stage
and a dance floor and was known as the Double
Down Room. The floors were connected by a stainless
steel and glass spiral stairs at the back. It was
intended as the show lounge for transatlantic class
In 1972, the ship's shops were moved to the upper
level of the Double Room in order to create a series of
suites in the area where the shops had originally been
In 1987, the room was remodeled. The spiral
staircase was eliminated and two curving staircases
on either side of the stage were created (right). These
were eliminated in 1994 and the stage was
When QE2 entered service there was no casino due to legal restrictions. When these laws were changed, a casino was created in
the area now occupied by the Queens Grill restaurant. Subsequently, it was moved to its present location on Upper Deck, the site
of the Transatlantic class library. Since the 1990s it included gaming tables as well as slot machines in a sophisticated setting.
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