Located in Long Beach, California, the Queen Mary aims to provide a unique educational experience to visitors of all ages. Guests aboard the historic Queen Mary are sure to have a fabulous time as they take a trip back in time and learn about an important part of the culture and history of WWII.
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The Queen Mary has a vast and epic history that dates back to the era of the Great Depression. Construction of the magnificent Queen Mary began in the year 1930 in Scotland. Despite the economic struggles of the time, no expense was spared during the building of the Queen Mary – the ship was meant to be the height of class.
Rumor has it that the ship was named after the wife of King George V, Mary. The initial voyage of the Queen Mary took place on May 27, 1936 from Southampton, England. The ship proudly boasted two cocktail bars, a swimming pool, five dining areas and high-class lounges, a squash court, a grand ballroom, and a small hospital.
These amenities made the Queen Mary one of the grandest ocean liners in the world of the time. Celebrities like Clark Cable and Bob Hope, dignitaries, and eve royalty cruised on the Queen Mary. However, the Queen Mary transitioned into one of the largest and fastest troopships in World War II.
After the war, the Queen Mary was to be turned back into a luxury cruise liner. She underwent the refurbishment process and began carrying passengers again in 1947 and continued to do so for the next two decades.
Eventually, technological advancements made cruise liners like the Queen Mary less popular, so in 1967, the Queen Mary completed her last cruise and was docked in Long Beach, California. Currently, the Queen Mary still resides in Long Beach and serves as a luxury hotel, restaurants, and event venue.
Tours & Attractions:
There are many different tour packages and attractions available aboard the Queen Mary, including the following:
Attractions at Night: This twilight tour allows visitors to explore the Queen Mary at night when the spirits are out and about. This guided tour, Haunted Encounters, will feature stories and legends of the ship and maybe even a paranormal sighting or two.
Group Tours: There are tours that offer something for everyone and for any size group. Whether its celebrity guests, paranormal activity, or historical and fun facts, there are tours to satisfy every interest.
4-D Theater: The ship now boasts a 121-seat state-of-the-art theater with 3-D and 4-D effects!
Diana: Legacy of a Princess: This exhibit features the story of Princess Diana and the Royal Family. There are a variety of clothes, accessories, photographs, and other memorabilia from the beloved princess and the family, who had often cruised aboard the Queen Mary herself.
The Glory Days Historical: This exhibit features images, stories, and artifacts from the Queen Mary in her many famous guests during her glory days – WWII.
The Shipyard: There is an intricate LEGO model replica of the Queen Mary on display in the shipyard, guests can even attempt to build their own LEGO replica!
Ship Model Gallery: This exhibit features many images and models of ships from the time of the Queen Mary. It features fabulous detail and fun facts on the building process.
Dine & Stay Aboard:
The Queen Mary also serves a floating hotel which boasts three 5-star restaurants on-board. The rooms are well-preserved and feature the original wood paneling, artwork, and the popular interior design of the time. Guests will truly feel as though they have been transported back in time and travel during the 1930’s, 1940’s, and 1950’s. Rates and availability can be found online. This iconic ship also serves as a beautiful location for visitor’s next special event or wedding.
Art Deco Festival: This exhibit features the art deco style of the Queen Mary’s golden years – the 1930’s to the 1950’s. This time was known as the “Golden Age of Travel and will immerse guests in the drinking, dancing, and dining of the time alongside the largest collection of Art Deco works in the entire world. This event will be held on August 19 and 20, 2017
Dark Harbor: This event aims to give guests endless chills and thrills as they explore the Queen Mary as they never have before – in a maze! This event will be around Halloween and held from September 28, 2017 – November 1, 2017.
The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802, website, Phone: 877-342-0742
Back to: Long Beach, California