The Queen Mary

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1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA, USA - (562) 435-3511
The Queen Mary - The Queen Mary
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The Queen Mary - picture taken from · the photography of QT Luong
The Queen Mary - picture taken from · the photography of QT Luong

The Queen Mary Long Beach Reviews

irenem irenem
153 reviews
The Queen Mary Jan 23, 2017
It took us a long time to get to The Queen Mary at Long Beach by public transport, but we both felt it was well worth the effort. The Queen Mary is special to me as it was built in my home town of Clydebank at John Brown's Engineering and Ship-building Yard. As many of my family worked in the ship building yard, it was probably built by some of my relations. I know for sure several of my uncles worked on the QE2.

To get to the Queen Mary we took the blue metro line to Downtown Long Beach then walked around the corner to a bus stop and took a free Passport bus out to the ship. This free Passport bus is a very handy way to get around Long Beach. It stops at the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, Pine Avenue, City Place Mall, The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, Convention Center, Shoreline Village, many downtown hotels and Long Beach Transit’s water taxis, the AquaLink & AquaBus.

Long Beach looked like a really nice place and we could easily have devoted a whole day to exploring it, but we just concentrated on the Queen Mary.

The Queen Mary was built by John Browns in Clydebank, Scotland. She was launched by her namesake, the real Queen Mary, wife of King George V, in 1934. Together with her sister ship, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mary was part of Cunard's two ships a week express service between Southampton, Cherbourg, and New York.

The Queen Mary sailed on her maiden voyage in 1936. She left Southampton on the 27th of May and arrived in New York on the 1st of June.

During World War II, the Queen Mary was converted into a troopship. She transported Allied soldiers for the entire duration of the war.

After the war, the Queen Mary was refitted for passenger service and along with Queen Elizabeth commenced the two-ship transatlantic passenger service for which she was built.

With the increase in air travel, ships declined in popularity. The Queen Mary was officially retired from service in 1967. She left Southampton for the last time on 31 October 1967 and sailed to the port of Long Beach, California where she remains permanently moored. She is now used as a hotel.
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irenem says:
My mother's four brothers worked in John Browns. My mum got to go on some famous ships before they were launched because of having relatives who worked there. All the best, Irene
Posted on: Jan 24, 2017
Great tip here. Interesting to read that relatives of yours have worked on the QE2.
Posted on: Jan 23, 2017
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X_Drive X_Drive
837 reviews
Lost its glow! Jun 26, 2008
Since her retirement from service in 1967 this beautiful ship has been permanently docked in Long Beach and is now a hotel and museum. It has had little success in being the tourist attraction Long Beach was hoping she would be. And from 1980 through 1993 Howard Hughes’s airplane, the “Spruce Goose” was housed on display near by in the dome you see in the picture.

There are many myths and stories around the Queen Mary, including those of ghosts that haunt below decks. But much of the area where crew and engine rooms were have been changed to accommodate the addition of the museum. Today the hotel rooms range from $125 to near $700 per night. I have not stayed here myself but a close friend did and would never do it again.
tvillingmarit says:
And what a tourist attraction
Posted on: Jun 26, 2008
hannajax hannajax
63 reviews
Apr 24, 2006
Ihad an exceptional experience touring the queen mary, a once decadent cruise liner that had its maiden voyage in 1936, and was later used to transport troops in WWII in 1939-1949. Queen Mary was larger than Titanic and had a passenger capacity of approx. 2000. Imagine our surpise when we read that in 1943 it carried 15,740 troops plus 943 crew members. (great shortage of life boats!) The ship is permanently docked in long beach. it is now a hotel, boasting restaurants, observation bar, clubs, and a self guided tour museum above the promenade decks. we spent hours walking through exhibits of the state rooms, gymnasiums, infirmaries, captain's quarters, steward's room, kitchens, and the bunks where soldiers later shared 16 to a room. what an amazing journey!

This is not only a destination for the tourist and history buff, but also a hotel with restaurants and lots of entertainment! the one thing i did not get to do, is go on the ghost tour, which i know i will have to return for in the future.
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PrissyT says:
I've been there a couple of times for Halloween. The spookiest place, I thought, was the just looked eerie!
Posted on: Apr 29, 2008
sdbleve says:
I also grew up in the area. Alas the Spruce Goose is no longer in the dome next to the Queen. It moved up to Oregon years ago.

Every Feb there is a Scottish festival at the Queen. I find it fun to go up and spend the night onboard and attend the events. It is amazing to have the ship to yourself at night when most of the crowds have left. There are a couple different tours to go on. I want to take my kids up for the Ghost tour.
Posted on: Dec 12, 2006
X_Drive says:
I grew up about ten miles from there. Once I snuck onboard and did a rather behind the scenes tour. A pretty amazing ship turned hotel. When I did it Howard Hughes wooden plane was displayed there also.
Posted on: Jun 30, 2006

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