The Queen Mary and the area surrounding is a great place to visit. You have the Long Beach Aquarium just across the way. The boats that take you out to Catalina are also right there. I saw a Cirque Du Soleil show under a tent in the Queen Mary parking lot once. Think link below is a calendar of events/festivals going on at the Queen Mary you might like to check out.
I have always loved big ships; especially intercontinental. As I visited Queen Mary in 1992, it was still in its original shape (or renovated according to the original mode). It was interesting history to see the manual steering wheel etc.
Now I have heard that there is a hotel in the ship and it has been totally changed. Well, it must be great too - and a good romantic idea - but I have to say I was happy to see the ship as it had been once.
A majestic multi storey luxury cruise liner cum World War II troopship - worthy of exploring her former glory during her sailing years. The size of the ship itself is awe inspiring.
We can check out each deck from the top viewing to the engine room. Impressed by the viewing of one of the propeller under the sea through a viewing glass.
Part of the ship is used for a hotel and restaurants.
Check out the decks that have display rooms showing what the dining hall was like and the fashion wear of the period. Very educational for those who enjoy the maritime and cruising activities.
Conveniently located next door is the famous Howard Hughes Spruce Goose.
The Queen Mary is a very cool side trip. The ride to Long Beach is just gorgeous. The ship supposably has had some "events" happen on it, but we didn't see anything. (Ghosts if you didn't get it!) There is a lot of walking involved and you will see a lot. Be prepared to spend $20+ per person to take the unguided tour. Look in the books at the hotel for buy one admission, get one free. I found one while my husband was at work one day and it saved us a little money. What we saved there we probably spent in the gift shops onboard. If we ever go again, I would like to stay in the hotel. Neat way to spend half of a day!
It is supposed that the visit costs 29 dollars per person, but by mistake or ignorance, we did not do it.
When we arrived, we asked the guy at entrance, how to get to the restaurant for breakfast. We guy asked if we were going to visit the boat, and we said yes of course (as we had in mind doing it), so he said how to get to the restaurant and where to get the tickets.
So we went to the restaurant, had breakfast and when we went to get the tickets we did not find them, so we walked along the boat and visited most of the areas.
At the end of the visit, we saw the tickets place, but we had already seen most of it, expect some rooms, so we headed out ... LOL
So for the price of one entrance, we had both breakfast there.....
Queen Mary is built in Clydebank, Scotland.
They have a show on board called 'Ghosts and Legends' which is a light and effects show based on all the reported hauntings on the ship. They also have a tour on board. They filmed a scen from the famous movie Godfather on this boat.
If you ever wanted to walk the decks of the Titanic but can't afford the dive trip to the bottom of the ocean, then visit the Queen Mary in Long Beach about a 30 minute drive from down town LA.
Step back in time and take a guided tour. The state rooms have been converted into a hotel, so you can stay on board as if you were crossing the Atlantic.
Built only 20 years after the Titanic, this ship incorporated many of the lessons learned from the Titanic disaster.
There is also a Russian Submarine on display for a separate fee.
The Queen Mary
While the Titanic is the most famous ship of all-time, the Queen Mary might be the best. During its day (over 1000 Atlantic crossings ending in 1967), it was bigger, faster and more opulent than its doomed predecessor.
It was built in England as a carrier of the rich and famous, then was used during World War II, and now rests in the Long Beach harbor.
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