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When Queen Elizabeth 2 sails out of New York on Thursday, Oct. 16, she will be leaving America for good. By the end of the year, she will retire forever. In April, I took the same QE2 trip that this week’s passengers will take: a six-day transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton, England. Here are some snapshots from that trip. --Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times staff writer Pictured: The sleek QE2, tied up at the Manhattan cruise terminal. Not a mere cruise ship, she’s an ocean liner designed to withstand the rigors of the North Atlantic, which she has crossed more than 800 times since entering service in 1969.Jane Engle / Los Angeles Times