Adding these four new voyages, however, will affect two of the sailings on QE2's original fall 2008 schedule -- the September 30, 2008 "Canary Islands Splendour" sailing and the October 12, 2008 Mediterranean voyage. Passengers who were booked on either will be offered a full refund or the chance to book one of the "farewell voyages." If they book the same-grade cabin, their original fare will be honored (even if the new fare is higher); and by the same token, if the fare is lower, they will get a refund of the difference. Plus, rebooked guests also will receive a $300 shipboard credit.
Interested in booking one of these historic voyages for your first -- or last -- sailing on QE2? Here are the details:
September 30, 2008: On the 10-night "Farewell to the British Isles," QE2 will sail from Southampton and visit Dublin, Belfast, Clyde (where the ship was built), Cork, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Newcastle. Rates for this voyage range from $2,455 to $5,695.
October 10, 2008: The six-night "Final New York Arrival Crossing" begins in Southampton and ends in New York on October 16. Rates range between $1,175 and $4,395. Later, QE2 will embark on its last (and 806th!) trans-Atlantic journey from New York to Southampton -- with Queen Mary 2 by its side. The "Farewell to America Crossing" costs between $1,065 and $4,295.
November 11, 2008: The 16-night "Final Voyage" -- which we are sure will be a tearful one -- begins in Southampton and ends on November 27 in Dubai, QE2's new home. Ports of call include Lisbon, Gibraltar, Civitavecchia, Naples, Malta, Alexandria and transit the Suez Canal. Fares for QE2's last voyage are much higher than the previous three: from $4,615 to $11,995.
Cruise Critic will be saying goodbye to QE2 in our own special way with an interactive memory book (launching soon!) featuring comments and photos from our readers. Stay tuned....
Care to chime in? We'd really love your comments and photos about your experiences onboard QE2. Send 'em to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "QE2," and you'll be part of Cruise Critic's first-ever interactive memory book.
--by Erica Sapio, Assistant Editor