Fast forward quite a few years, maybe 2005, and I saw her again, this time sitting in Gibraltar. The word was that she was going to be refit and converted into a hotel. You hear that story quite a bit with any old ship, so I didn't put much stock in it. But now their work is done and they are about to reopen her to the public. Have a look at Maritime Matters (running through Google Translate) and have a look at her. She looks wonderful.
Every now and then its nice to see these old girls getting the respect that they deserve.
Happy New Year all!