Fodor's Expert Review Queen Mary

Long Beach and San Pedro Nautical Site/Lighthouse Fodor's Choice

Though berthed, the Queen Mary 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.

Take one of several daily themed tours such as the informative Glory Days historical walk, a traipse into the boiler rooms on the Steam and Steel Tour, or the downright spooky Haunted Encounters tour. (Spirits have reportedly been spotted in the pool and engine room.) You can add ongoing theatrical performances by illusionist Aiden Sinclair, a Winston Churchill exhibit, a 4-D documentary experience, a wine tasting room, and a daily British-style high tea. Holidays and special events are celebrated onboard as well, from a haunted Halloween experience to an annual Scottish festival. Stay for dinner at one of the ship's restaurants, listen to live jazz or order a cocktail in the Observation... READ MORE

Though berthed, the Queen Mary 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.

Take one of several daily themed tours such as the informative Glory Days historical walk, a traipse into the boiler rooms on the Steam and Steel Tour, or the downright spooky Haunted Encounters tour. (Spirits have reportedly been spotted in the pool and engine room.) You can add ongoing theatrical performances by illusionist Aiden Sinclair, a Winston Churchill exhibit, a 4-D documentary experience, a wine tasting room, and a daily British-style high tea. Holidays and special events are celebrated onboard as well, from a haunted Halloween experience to an annual Scottish festival. Stay for dinner at one of the ship's restaurants, listen to live jazz or order a cocktail in the Observation Bar (the sumptuous original first-class lounge), or even spend the night in one of the 347 wood-paneled 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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Quick Facts

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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