Queen Mary / Spruce Goose, California
I've have visited the Queen Mary many of times, but that was since the Spruce Goose days. Sadley that has been sold. That was a neat piece of our history. I have history with the Queen Mary, since this is the ship that brought my mom back home during WWII. She thinks nothing of it, but I am pretty proud of my mom serving during WWII. She shared a very small bunk room with three other girls and they had to have armed escorts anytime they went anywhere on the ship. She said she got a little sea sick because at the time they were still cruising back a forth just incase any enemy subs were still out to sea. Still, she has fond memories of the Grey Ghost and so every time you visit Long Beach, you have to visit the Queen Mary.
They have guided tours or just explore it on your own. Check at the ticket office for different activities.
The Queen Mary’s story is rich with history, elegance and grandeur. From the time her construction began in 1930 in Clydebank, Scotland. Upon her Maiden Voyage in 1936 the Queen Mary was considered the grandest ship ever built and the elite of high society. In 1939, at the start of the World War II, the Queen Mary was drafted into service and outfitted as a troopship. Deemed the Grey Ghost due to her new camouflaged grey exterior, she joined the Allied Forces and played a crucial role. When the war ended, she was restored to her former glory and continued passenger service. In 1966, Queen Mary was for sale and winning bid was $3.45 million dollars and thus began the ship’s new journey to her new home in Long Beach, California.http://www.queenmary.com/Our-Story.aspx
If you are a history buff & relish a time when Royalty was more than a splash in the Tabloids, you'll love visiting the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. The Queen Mary is legendary & listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The ship is a combination of tourist site, hotel, dining spot, shopping area, & floating history.
The ship's maiden voyage took place in May of 1936, and it made 1,001 transatlantic crossings. During WWII, it served from 1940-1946 as a military ship & carried a total of 765,429 military personnel. Astoundingly, it carried up to 15,000 troops at one time (talk about over crowded!). Sadly, it also carried the wounded who were returning to the United States.
Today, it is anchored in & owned by the city of Long Beach, California (since 1967).
Allan & I really enjoyed the Behind the Scenes Tour that we took aboard the ship. It was educational, interesting, & enlightening.
The Hotel Queen Maryis splendid. The rooms are historic, charming, & Art Deco in design. The least expensive rooms are the inside staterooms, & the most expensive are the Royalty Suites. They range in price from $109-$500 per night. They also offer many package deals.
There is an On-Board Spa, a Fitness Room, Business center, Shopping, Dining, & an Art Gallery.
Places to Eat:
Sir Winston's is an elegant restaurant.
Chelsea features seafood specialties served to you as you enjoy gorgeous ocean views.
Promenade Cafe is an Observation bar & Art Deco lounge, & an outdoor patio is available.
Sunday Champagne Brunch which features over 50 entrees. It is served in the Grand Salon, the original ship's First Class dining area.
I had the best milk shake ever aboard this ship. Believe it or not, the chocolate shake was filled with 4 kinds of nuts!
It costs to park, but no more than $10.00 for twelve hours.
New this year is "The Queen Mary Ghost Tour" with a renowned paranormal researcher, Peter James.
Note: Photo from brochure
Long Beach city-operated marina, opened in the early 80’s and is across Queensway Bay from the Queen Mary in the heart of the downtown redevelopment area Boats are protected by a series of offshore breakwaters and by a natural south-facing bay. Sailing conditions in Long Beach are almost perfect all year round.
The Queen Mary is Long Beach's most famous resident and landmark. Once a luxury liner, she sailed into Long Beach on December 9, 1967 and became a permanent fixture.
The Queen Mary is the world's largest luxury liner and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Next to the Queen Mary is the Russian Submarine 'Scorpion' and the large Dome that used to house the Spruce Goose.
See the Queen Mary, one of the largest luxury ocean liners afloat. The ship has represented the ultimate in the art of shipbuilding for more than half a century.
Sproose Goose. The legendary largest airplane ever built. On display after decades of secrecy. Designed, built and flown by the famed Howard Hughes. This flying boat is one of the true wonders of the world.
We couldnt pass Long Beach on our way south without stopping here to see the Queen Mary. She was built on Clydebank in Scotland by John Brown & Co. Ltd., for Cunard in 1934 and was launched on 27th May 1936. She also became a troop ship during WWII.
Winston Churchill sailed on her 3 times.
After the war she reverted back to her status of a luxery liner until she decommissioned in 1967. She was removed from the British Registry and became the property of the City of Long Beach on 11th December 1967.
The Disney Corporation bought her in 1988, but in 1992 she reverted back to the City of Long Beach.
Besides being a tourist attraction, where you can see staterooms preserved how they would have been when the ship was launched, she is also a hotel, has restaurants, shops a wedding chapel.
When we visited the car park was packed with huge lorries, and trailers, wires all over the place, on deck also. We were then told that filming was taking place for an episode of the 'X Files'.
There is also exhibits, and a film show.