The Queen Mary in Long Beach
2009-08-01 · By Editor
Located in the Port of Long Beach, the RMS Queen Mary is an elegant ocean liner that made transatlantic crossings from 1936 to 1967. After many years of service as a cruising vessel (and a WWII troop transport ship), the Queen Mary was retired and now sits in Long Beach Harbor where it is a member of the National Register of Historical Places.
With its rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco decor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline, the Queen Mary is definitely a Long Beach attraction worth seeing. This former luxury cruise ship features a hotel, museum, restaurants, Art Deco banquet rooms, a wedding chapel and daily tours.
If you have a whole weekend, then the best way to enjoy the beauty and charm that defines the majestic Queen Mary, is to stay in one of the 314 original staterooms that span three decks and include eight full suites. To create the on-board hotel, the staterooms were reconfigured and upgraded to meet the discerning standards of modern guests. Contrasting the unique art deco built-ins, guests will find wireless Internet access and iPod-docking clock radios.
Of course, some people prefer not to stay the night, claiming that the historic ship is haunted from its use in the War and early overseas travel. Once the boat was permanently docked in Long Beach, reports of children crying and mysterious splashing from the drained first-class pool surfaced. Part of her haunted heritage, the Queen Mary is host to one of Southern California’s biggest Halloween events — the paranormal-themed Shipwreck tour and attractions.
The Queen Mary has undergone extensive restorations during the last decade. Her teak boardwalk is more than half renovated and numerous ballrooms and bars are being returned to their original art deco glory.
There are several options for touring the grand vessel:
Self-guided Audio Tour: Explore the ship at your leisure, with a walk through the 1020-foot Queen Mary, from the engine room to the wheelhouse.
Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Follow a guide to discover the glorious past of the Queen Mary, from the luxurious dining room to the indoor fresh water swimming pool.
Ghosts & Legends Show: This interactive presentation uses special effects to dramatize paranormal and historic events from the last sixty years.
Haunted Encounters Tour: Take a guided tour of the ship’s most haunted areas as your tour guide reveals the stories of the Queen Mary’s most famous reported ghosts.
World War II Tour: Learn the story of the Grey Ghost, the Queen May’s alias during World War II, and how her involvement in the war helped lead the Allied forces to success.
Dining with the Spirits: Start with dinner in Sir Winston’s then head off on a late-night guided tour of the QM’s paranormal hotspots.
Paranormal Investigation: Use ghost hunting tools to join in the attempt to communicate with the Queen Mary’s spirits.
Paranormal Ship Walk: Visit the potentially haunted areas of the Queen Mary on an evening paranormal tour.
Twilight Historical Tour: Enjoy a sunset tour of the beautiful ship and experience the Queen Mary in a different light.
If you visit Long Beach, you have to stop and see the Queen Mary. Whether you’re looking for a ghost hunt or a chance to check out some great history, you can find plenty of both in the Queen Mary in Long Beach. This combination of elegance and education is probably why so many people are drawn to the ship each year.
While you’re there, you may also want to tour another Long Beach attraction — the Scorpion, a Foxtrot-class Russian submarine. The sub is moored just below the Queen Mary’s bow. A tour of the cramped living quarters and sparse military conditions provide an interesting contrast to the Queen Mary’s size and luxury.
The Queen Mary hotel and attraction is located at 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802. Call 800-437-2934 or visit www.queenmary.com.