Fodor's Expert Review Queen Mary

Long Beach and San Pedro Nautical Site/Lighthouse

The Queen Mary, though berthed, is an impressive example of 20th-century cruise ship opulence and sadly the last of its kind. The beautifully preserved art deco–style ocean liner was launched in 1936 and made 1,001 transatlantic crossings before finally berthing in Long Beach in 1967. Today there are multiple diversions on board from ongoing theatrical performances by illusionist Aiden Sinclair, Illusions of the Passed: Legends of the Queen Mary, a wine tasting room, and a daily British-style high tea.

Also on board you can take one of three daily or five weekend tours, such as the informative Glory Days Historical walk or the downright spooky Haunted Encounters tour. (Spirits have reportedly been spotted in the pool and engine room.) You could stay for dinner at one of the ship's restaurants, listen to live jazz in the original first-class lounge, or even spend the night in one of the 347 wood-panel cabins. The ship's neighbor, a geodesic dome originally built... READ MORE

The Queen Mary, though berthed, is an impressive example of 20th-century cruise ship opulence and sadly the last of its kind. The beautifully preserved art deco–style ocean liner was launched in 1936 and made 1,001 transatlantic crossings before finally berthing in Long Beach in 1967. Today there are multiple diversions on board from ongoing theatrical performances by illusionist Aiden Sinclair, Illusions of the Passed: Legends of the Queen Mary, a wine tasting room, and a daily British-style high tea.

Also on board you can take one of three daily or five weekend tours, such as the informative Glory Days Historical walk or the downright spooky Haunted Encounters tour. (Spirits have reportedly been spotted in the pool and engine room.) You could stay for dinner at one of the ship's restaurants, listen to live jazz in the original first-class lounge, or even spend the night in one of the 347 wood-panel cabins. The ship's neighbor, a geodesic dome originally built to house Howard Hughes's Spruce Goose aircraft, now serves as a terminal for Carnival Cruise Lines, making the Queen Mary the perfect pit stop before or after a cruise. Anchored next to the Queen is the Scorpion, a Russian submarine you can tour for a look at Cold War history.

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1126 Queens Hwy.
Long Beach, California  90802, USA

877-342–0738

www.queenmary.com

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Rate Includes: Tours from $16

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