The Queen Mary Hosts 30th Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration
2011-12-09 · By Editor
Dock at the Queen Mary this New Year’s Eve for Southern California’s most elegant New Year celebration. Now in its 30th year, the annual party has become a Long Beach tradition with thousands of revelers flocking to the ship to ring in the New Year with style. Doors open at 6 p.m. and festivities include seven parties and two fireworks displays for one ticket price of $99; deluxe dining and room packages are also available.
With their ticket, guests can soak up jazz in one of the ship’s historic salons, sing along to dueling pianos and dance to tunes ranging from the 70s and 80s to today’s Top 40. Entertainment includes the Mini Driver Band, Early McCallister Jazz Trio, Brian Kehlenbach and Jennifer Hart, Boogie Wonderland, Hollywood Squares among others, plus all-night sets by guest DJs. Performances will take place in venues throughout the ship and merrymakers are free to bounce from party to party as they wish.
This year the outer decks of the ship will be flooded for not one but two spectacular fireworks shows. From the Starboard side of the ship facing the city and Lighthouse Park, early birds will see a grand display at 9 p.m. The second showing will follow at the traditional midnight-hour.
Those wanting to experience the most luxurious celebration can book the Royal VIP Package. In addition to general admission into the ship’s seven parties, Royal VIP purchasers will enjoy exclusive access to a VIP party at the bow of the ship and an open bar from 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., complimentary self-parking and a private viewing area for both fireworks shows.
Guests in attendance are encouraged make reservations for dinner at one of the ship’s signature restaurants. Sir Winston’s, Chelsea Chowder House & Bar and the Promenade Café will each feature early and late seatings and prix-fixe menus. Additionally, the ship’s Grand Ballroom Buffet will commence from 6-9 p.m. and feature a variety of regional and international favorites including carved prime rib, roasted salmon, chilled seafood and salad stations, and an over-the-top dessert selection. Dinner packages are per person and include one event ticket.
To start 2012 off right, the ship will also offer a Midnight Breakfast Buffet in the Promenade Café until noon on New Year’s Day as well as a special New Year’s Day Champagne Brunch beginning at 9 a.m. in the Grand Salon.
All are invited to make a stay out of the festivities by reserving a hotel and ticket package that includes overnight accommodations, two tickets to the New Year’s Eve celebration, New Year’s Day Champagne Brunch for two and a commemorative gift.
The Queen Mary’s New Year’s Eve ship-wide celebration is open to guests 21 years or older. Event tickets are available for $99 (parking additional). Royal VIP Package tickets are $199 per person, and overnight packages start at $579 per couple for a historic Stateroom. Signature dining packages are also available and menus and seating times may be viewed online. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.QueenMaryNYE.com or call (800) 437-2934.
The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.
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. 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 nine 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 www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934.