Visitors to the Queen Mary have a choice of spooky tours or luxury accommodations, and the history of the ship comes alive through both.
The RMS Queen Mary is a huge iconic retired British ocean liner that is now a hotel, restaurant, and major tourist attraction in Los Angeles, California. In her lifetime, she sailed primarily the North Atlantic Ocean, transporting passengers in luxury between Europe and the United States.
It is an iconic ocean liner and partly served in the golden age of ocean liners before planes replaced ships as the preferred mode of transportation. It is much larger than the famous and ill-fated Titanic – leaving the name “Titanic” a little misleading. See here for photos of the Titanic on her maiden voyage and today.
At a glance: RSM Queen Mary vs. RSM Titanic
- Tonnage: Queen Mary 80 777 GRT Vs Titantic 46 328 GRT
- Length: Queen Mary 1,019 feet vs. Titanic 883 feet
- Passengers: Queen Mary 2 139 vs. Titantic 2 435
- Number of decks: Queen Mary 12 vs. Titantic 9
History of the Queen Mary
The Queen Mary made her maiden voyage in 1936, but after the outbreak of World War II she was converted to an armored personnel carrier and spent the war transporting Allied soldiers around the ocean. After the war she again returned to passenger service and again began her two-ship transatlantic passenger service with the RSM Queen Elizabeth (with one ship leaving the port every two weeks). They would continue to dominate this market, until the dawn of the era of jets which would spell the end of the vaulted liners.
In the 1960s, the cruise ship market gave way to jets, the Queen Mary was aging and unable to generate a profit. On his last trip in 1967, he left Southampton in England and arrived in Long Beach, California. She remains moored there permanently to this day. See here for a 10 day itinerary for what to do in Los Angeles.
- Built: In Clydebank, Scotland
- Sister ship: RMS Queen Elizabeth
But unlike most ships that end up being scrapped, it has had a second and longer life as a museum, hotel, tourist attraction, and restaurant. It has since been added to the National Register of Historic Places and added to Historic Hotels in America.
Closure for repairs
Unfortunately, at the time of writing it is closed. The company operating the ship (Urban Commons) has filed for bankruptcy and the ship is now closed for urgent safety repairs. It is very expensive to keep ships in good repair, even if they are just moored and not ocean-going. The Queen Mary is in such poor condition that she is at risk of flooding or even capsizing, according to a report. The owner is the City of Long Beach and they have taken control of the ship with a promise to fix it.
Visit the Queen Mary
With the Queen Mary closed, normal opening times and ticket prices are no longer available. But when open, it is a major tourist attraction and the chance to experience the glory days of luxury liners – a liner more luxurious than the Titanic.
There are a number of self-guided exhibits in places like the engine room, propeller box, and deck. At many other locations on the ship, access is via guided tours.
- Hours of historical exhibitions: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (hours may differ when it reopens)
It has many spooky attractions and tours, including:
- Dinner with the spirits: One can enjoy a first class dinner before taking a tour and seeing the haunted past of ships and the “spirits” that inhabit its decks.
- Paranormal boat ride: During this visit, one can see the accommodation of “ghosts” and “spirits” deep in the bowels of the ship.
- Paranormal investigations: According to Queen Mary’s website, its tour was voted by Time Magazine as one of the “America’s 10 Most Haunted” tours. Take this fun and spooky tour and try to connect with the resident spirits of the ship.
Enjoy a variety of luxury accommodations, including accommodations similar to those from the movie Titanic. Again, due to the Queen Mary’s temporary closure for repairs, pricing and other accommodation information is not available at this time.
Catering and other information
There is a range of authentic dining experiences aboard the Queen Mary. Enjoy everything from casual snacks and fine dining on the Queen Mary to classic 1930s bar sophistication.
- Number of Art Deco rooms: 14 historic fairs
Normally, she also organizes a whole range of fun and interesting events. Keep up to date with the Queen Mary’s restoration to see when it reopens to the public. Usually, to visit the Queen Mary, you must have an entrance ticket, a room key or a restaurant reservation.
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