I recently had an amazing opportunity to check out The Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. This is an amazing place to spend a day or a few days. We decided to stay on the ship and experiences as much as possible. Here is a little History about The Queen Mary.
THE LEGEND BEHIND THE NAME
Legend has it that the board of directors at Cunard had decided to name the ship the Queen Victoria, which would have been in keeping with the tradition of Cunard ships having the “ia” suffix (Mauretania, Aquitania and Berengeria). As per protocol, legend states that the Cunard directors went to ask King George his blessing of the ship’s proposed name saying, “We have decided to name our new ship after England’s greatest Queen,” meaning Queen Victoria, the King’s Grandmother. Upon which the King is reported to have stated, “My wife (Queen Mary) will be delighted that you are naming the ship after her.”
THE LAST GREAT CRUISE
The increasing popularity of air travel helped signal the end of an era for the Queen Mary. By 1965 the entire Cunard fleet was operating at a loss and they decided to retire and sell the legendary Queen Mary. On October 31, 1967, the Queen Mary departed on her final cruise, arriving in Long Beach, California, on December 9, 1967. She has called Southern California her home ever since. The Queen Mary is now a floating Hotel, Attraction and Event & Wedding Venue, home to three world-class restaurants and an icon in Southern California.
When we arrived to check in we were greeted by a VERY friendly Valet Staff who quickly helped us out of our car and got us on our way to check in and start our mini vacation. When arriving in the lobby I was in aww with everything around me. We did have to wait about 15 minutes to check in but only because they were trying to get a very demanding large party check in who decided they needed two of the four employees to themselves. Once we were assisted the check in process was quick and easy and off to our room to begin the fun.
After getting into our room I was VERY impressed with how much of the room had been decorated and restored to resemble the original rooms.
and the view we had from our room was AMAZING I spent about 10 minutes just looking out the window and enjoyed the amazing view and sites around this large, beautiful ship!
Unique Long Beach Hotel Accommodations
The 314 original First-Class Staterooms and nine Suites are situated on three decks and all are above sea level and no two rooms are alike! Many of these Staterooms feature the original artwork found on the ship during her heyday, as well as authentic Art Deco built-ins for additional storage. Known as the “ship of woods,” many of the original Staterooms are adorned with rich wood paneling from all over the world. From comfortable and cozy to large and luxurious, we provide a wide range of accommodations sure to meet your needs. As the last luxury ocean liner of its kind, staying aboard the Queen Mary truly is a one-of-a-kind experience that simply cannot be duplicated.
For more information about the Queen Mary and the option to stay on board be sure to click HERE
While on the ship we had access to MANY of the tours that they offered. Our first stop after check out the room was to head on up to Passenger Information on map out those tours. The first one that we selected with the
DIANA: LEGACY OF A PRINCESS
Unfortunately at this Exhibit I was unable to take photos so I don’t have much to share in that regards. However I can tell you it is amazing. My husband and I spend about 2 hours in the Exhibit and we rushed a little. There is so much amazing information, photos, articles, memorabilia, videos and more. You have the ability to learn so much about the Royal Family and Princess Diana.
Click HERE To get more information about this exhibit or to obtain tickets to check it out!
This tour is $30.00 – $34.95
Here is a little video from The Queen Mary Website to give you an idea of some of the amazing things within this Exhibit. This is a MUST STOP if you are in the area.
After checking out this exhibit we decided to head to THE OBSERVATION BAR & ART DECO LOUNGE
This was a VERY fun place to hang out and have a drink and snacks. The decor is amazing, the service was awesome and the food and drinks were YUMMY!
1930’s sophistication and style, the Observation Bar and Art Deco Lounge is the playground of the cool. Classic and chic, the Observation Bar was formerly the First-Class Lounge and served as the hub for lively discussions over delicious drinks. Original artwork still hangs above the bar, which is lined with Art Deco tables, chairs and decor. Completing the 30’s look are distinct torchiere lamps, which give the room a soft, retro glow. So order a cocktail, sit back and enjoy this treasured downtown tradition.
After our snack and drinks we were off to the Haunted Encounters Tour. This was a one hour tour of the ship which stopped at the most “active” rooms and places on the ship. During this tour we were able to visit places on the ship you could not go without this tour, and experience some “spooky” places. While on this tour we learned a lot about the ship, the spooky history and the legends behind some of the encounters.
The Queen of All Ghost Stories
With such a varied and intriguing past it’s not surprising that the Queen Mary has been voted one of the Top 10 Most Haunted Places in America by Time magazine! Get a detailed overview of the Queen Mary’s most haunted areas and paranormal hotspots. Explore the ship inside and out and hear stories about the ship’s most famous reported apparitions. Among the ghosts reportedly still hanging around are a sailor who died in the ship’s engine room, a “lady in white,” and children who drowned in the ship’s pool.
Here are some of the “Spooky” places we went via photos
Overall it was a VERY interesting tour and I would suggest it to EVERYONE. This tour is offered Daily at 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.
The next morning we also checked out the
SELF-GUIDED AUDIO TOUR
Explore the Grandeur of the Queen Mary
Tour the Queen Mary at your own pace with our comprehensive Self-Guided Audio Tour. Learn the history of the Queen Mary while strolling the decks with our exclusive Queen Mary headset. Listen to the stories behind the pictures and the artwork of the legendary ship. From her groundbreaking construction to her royal launch, the Self-Guided Audio Tour is a great way to get to know the real Queen Mary up-close and personal.
This is a MUST, you are able to explore the ship at your own pace and learn a lot. This can be a little spooky because you do travel down to the bottom of the ship to explore the engine room, propeller, anchor and more. While on the lower levels and alone like we were it makes you think especially after the Haunted Encounters Tour we did the night before! To do the entire tour and really look at everything it takes about an hour and a half to two full hours. If you want to really explore the ship this is a MUST! Here are some of the photos from our tour.
Overall we had an AMAZING time and I can’t wait to re-visit the ship and try some of the other tours and learn even more about this amazing ship and the surrounding area. If you live in or near the Long Beach area I would strongly suggest that you take a day tip and check out this amazing Historical Site. If you are farther away I would suggest making a mini vacation out of it. This felt like a once in a lifetime experience to me!
I received all tours free of charge and a discounted room rate in order to facilitate this review. However all opinions are my own.