In Support of ‘Earth Hour 2011’ The Queen Mary Will Go Dark

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earth hour '11The historic landmark will celebrate conservation with lights-out, eco-friendly entertainment and organic cocktails for hotel guests and the community

Along with millions of people around world, the Queen Mary will go dark on March 26 from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. in support of Earth Hour, the international campaign that raises awareness for climate change and the need for energy conservation.

This year’s Earth Hour festivities are extra special as 2011 marks the 75th anniversary of the ship’s maiden transatlantic voyage.

As the ship’s horn marks the start of Earth Hour, the Queen Mary will extinguish many of her exterior lights including the smokestacks and hotel guests will be invited to shut their non-essential stateroom lights off. From 7 – 9:30 p.m. guests are invited to join a reception on the Sundeck featuring “unplugged” entertainment as well as organic cocktails and complimentary appetizers.

Additional entertainment will include giveaways, a light display energized by competitive cyclists, and a film showcasing some of the Queen Mary’s uniforms which are made of recycled bottles. The ship’s captain will also be on hand to answer historical questions.

No stranger to going dark, the Queen Mary was once known as the “Grey Ghost” due to her camouflaged exterior during her draft into service as an Allied Forces troopship during WWII. To avoid being spotted and fired upon by German submarines, she was forced to travel with her lights off at night.

Today the ship adheres to standards set forth by GreenPath®, an environmental management system established by the property’s management company, Delaware North Companies.

“Delaware North takes great pride in providing hospitality in amazing locations,” said the Queen Mary’s General Manager Uwe Roggenthien “Being surrounded by the ocean every day reminds us of our commitment to preserving our natural resources and Earth Hour gives us one more reason to celebrate that commitment with our guests and the community.”

Established by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour is open to any institution or individual interested in its global conservation message. For more information on how to get involved, visit

To learn more about the Queen Mary’s GreenPath® environmental stewardship program visit

Space for the Queen Mary’s Earth Hour event is limited and reservations are required. To RSVP, please email The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach. For more information, visit Queen Mary online or call (800) 437-2934.

About the Queen Mary
Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. In 2011, the Queen Mary will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of that inaugural transatlantic crossing. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Behind the Scenes tour while guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends tour. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 314 staterooms spanning three decks including eight full suites which have hosted a variety of colorful characters from World War II leaders to British royalty and the stars of Hollywood’s golden era. For more information or for reservations, see or call (800) 437-2934.

About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is a leading hospitality provider in Special PlacesSM, with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel; The Queen Mary in Long Beach; and soon, LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit

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