Hotel Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, California
Surviving World War II and recent attempts to be
"shipped" to Japan, an elegant Queen Mary remains permanently docked in
the Long Beach harbor. The city purchased it in 1967 and opened doors to
the attraction after three years of renovation. Restaurants, shops,
tours, entertainment, banquet facilities and a hotel with 365 staterooms
and suites provide opportunities for guests to relive the past. Included
in the National Register of Historic Places, the stately ship contains
beautiful wall murals and carvings made of precious and rare woods plus
a large, sweeping ballroom with light fixtures and ornamentation befitting
Commissioned by Cunard Steamship Company, Ltd., the ship
was built in Scotland and launched in 1934. After Her Majesty Queen Mary
presented her personal standard, it embarked on its maiden voyage on May
27, 1936, departing Southampton. It took only five days to reach New York
and in record time, won the Blue Riband for fastest North Atlantic crossings
after six such trips.
One of the largest passenger liners ever built, the Queen
Mary made over 1,000 crossings. During World War II, it was given the name,
"Grey Ghost" when it was camouflage painted, its portholes blacked out
and it began military transport. Servicing the war effort, it traveled
more than 600,000 miles and carried over 800,000 troops. One historic journey
to New York in May of 1943 included passenger Winston Churchill and 5,000
German prisoners of war. See
Queen Mary ship contains (4) 40,000 hp turbine steam engines,
travels 13 feet to the gallon, has 4 propellers weighing 35 tons each,
a 140 ton rudder and weighs 81,234 tons. In its glory days, it carried
1957 passengers serviced by a crew of 1174.
The Queen cost the city about $3.5 million
to purchase, stands 140 feet tall, over 1000 feet
long and 145 feet wide. It offers tours, a hotel,
shops and restaurants but is also used in movies
and television productions. While rumored to have ghosts, guests say that
simply adds to the charm of an historic (though not very seaworthy) ship.
If you've seen the movie, Titanic, see a real survivor, Queen Mary.
HOTEL: You can stay aboard the Queen Mary in authentic
period rooms for overnight stay. What a way to celebrate! We
offer internet pricing and immediate reservation confirmation for your
Things to do: Stay overnight, shop, dine and take a self-guided
tour through the bridge, officers' quarters, engine rooms and upper decks.
A guided tour includes additional areas not open to the general public.
A fireworks display is presented Saturday evenings in the Summer. Dinner
shows with live entertainment, special events and a cruise ship port
adjacent to the Queen Mary Hotel and ship make this an opportunity for
overnight accommodations before you exciting West Coast cruise through
Southern California and Baja Mexico.
Carnival Cruise Lines ships offer
3 day cruises to Ensenada, Mexico; 4 Day Baja Mexico cruises to Catalina
Island, CA and Ensenada, Mexico; 7 day Mexican Riviera cruises to Puerto
Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. www.carnival.com Call:
Queen Mary has been docked in the Long Beach Harbor for
over 30 years. During this time, it has featured Jacques Cousteau's "Living
Sea" Museum, Howard Hughes Spruce Goose flying boat next door in the dome,
Titanic traveling exhibit, Treasures of the Last Russian Emperor and Scorpion
Russian submarine. Docked at the bow of the Queen Mary for several years,
the previously top secret Foxtrot class sub is open for tours.
said to have its own resident ghosts, visitors to the Queen Mary have reported
many sightings over the years, including wet footprints near a dry indoor
pool, and visits by long-departed crew members.
Where to stay:
Hotel Queen Mary Reservations are available, and great for those seeking ghostly
encounters, romantic reminiscing, or a new adventure. For those who seek
creature comfort in a modern setting, however, check out the
Coast Long Beach Hotel or
Long Beach Hyatt as several of many
Long Beach Hotel options.
What to do: Long Beach is a
destination unto itself. But the top favorites include taking a
boat to Catalina
Island for the day, and exploring the many
museums, shopping and dining in and around Long Beach.
Where to eat: Try the Sunday Brunch or
special holiday dining at the
Salon aboard the ship. Other places include a great breakfast to be had
Chuck's Coffee Shop, home of the Weasel. Good eats are everywhere in
across the bay at
Parker's Lighthouse and at one of our favorites
in Rainbow Harbor,
Here are some local haunts:
Long Beach Art Museum
Rancho Los Alamitos
Rancho Los Cerritos
Rancho Los Cerritos Gardens
Wyland's Whaling Wall