The Queen Mary
What We Love
- A former world-class ocean liner, with Art Deco glamour, a luxe spa, world-class dining and exhibitsExploring the ship’s rich history on one (or more) of the fascinating tours and exhibits
- Enjoying chic cocktails and panoramic views at the boat’s Observation Bar
- Celebrating a special night out at Sir Winston’s, a five-star dining destination, overlooking the Pacific
What To Know
- Standard state rooms are in former first class cabins
- If you're a light sleeper, bring earplugs; the walls between cabins are rather thin
- Tour the ship and you'll get to see the ins and outs of the engine room
Step back in time as you climb aboard the Queen Mary, a 1930s luxury liner that’s dripping in Art Deco glamour. The stately Cunard cruise ship took its final sail in 1967 and has called the Long Beach harbor home ever since. Now a floating hotel, the ship still boasts the same aesthetic as before, with the addition of modern comforts and conveniences. And since it isn’t headed to any other ports, you can stay and experience life on deck for just a couple of days, rather than the week or more you’d likely have to take for a full-length cruise.
Even without port calls, though, you’ll still feel as if you’ve entered a whole new world. Indeed, the ship is a world unto itself, with a full-service spa; fitness room; and variety of dining and drinking options, from casual cafés to five-star Sir Winston’s. Shops include a marketplace and gift boutique, among others, and you can get a photo taken at the Tour Center or sip Malibu wines at the tasting room. And don’t forget the audio tour and trip to the Model Gallery that are included with every stay – how’s that for royal treatment?
In a one-of-a-kind accommodation aboard this vintage masterpiece, you’ll enjoy authentic Art Decodesign and original wood paneling; all feature larger-than-average floor plans. The quiet Inside staterooms, located in the heart of the ship, offer your choice of one king or two twin beds. Please note that these accommodations do not offer windows.Standard staterooms include a full-sized bed and operable porthole(s) which face either the starboard or the port side of the ship. The spacious Deluxe staterooms are the most popular option, having once been the preferred choice of first-class passengers. These abodes, which also feature operable porthole(s), come with either one king or two twin beds and a sitting area.
Amenities – Wi-Fi- Hair dryer- Iron/ironing board- Pillowtop mattresses- Minifridge (available upon request, for a fee)- Green Tea & Willow Archive bath amenities- 32-in. flat-screen TV with satellite and pay-per-view movies
The Queen Mary features a range of eateries, from snack bars to fine dining. The Chelsea Chowder House & Bar evokes a traditional English fish house, while the chic Observation Bar & Art Deco Lounge offers hand-crafted cocktails and gorgeous views. Promenade Café serves up delicious American fare, with a side of gorgeous ocean views. For a special night out, visit Sir Winston’s Restaurant & Lounge for romantic five-star dining overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
This luxury liner is well-equipped with creature comforts. Indulge in a day of pampering at the Queen Mary Spa, featuring a menu of massage, reflexology, chiropractic and salon services. For a workout, stop by the 24-hour fitness center, located midship and complete with treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes, free weights and TechnoGym equipment.
The Queen Mary is docked in Long Beach, one of Southern California’s most beloved destinations. Near the ship, you’ll find sprawling beaches, buzzing nightlife and ample outdoor activities, from hiking trails to golf courses. If you prefer to stay on board, however, you’ll discover a range of shops, trading in everything from souvenirs to historic documents, plus a photo station and wine-tasting room. There’s also an exhibit on Princess Diana, while tours depart regularly to teach you about the ship’s storied past, from its groundbreaking construction to its pivotal role in WWII.
How to Get There
I stayed in an inside stateroom with twin beds with my son, and for $99 a night plus taxes it seemed good value. However, additional hidden fees add up, the mandatory hotel fee was almost $40 and an additional fee per day for internet and use of gym etc was almost $20 a day. This would be fine if they had invested in the rooms, but our room was in desperate need of refurbishment, and had a funky smell. The toilet plumbing certainly dated to the 1930s, other people have posted photos in the reviews, and barely functioned to flush. We really enjoyed exploring the ship as it has a fascinating history, and the chowder house and Promenade cafe serve good food, but they probably need to invest $millions to update all the rooms to modern standards. Presumably more expensive rooms are better and a novelty experience feels more satisfying, although we found staying aboard was a convenient way to explore and we don’t regret staying, I would keep your expectations in line with the room price.
Oh how I sooooooooooo wanted to stay here, and oh how the experience of the ship was fantastic, but the hotel side, well another story.
Reception was up a lift and on the ship which was a nice touch and was generally good. We had room B319 with a superb harbour view through two portholes. So you can see the history of the ship, but in fact this is a downside to the hotel. The list: two light switches in our room not working, the handle to our bathroom was broken, the aircon control was hanging off the wall, carpets throughout the hotel had black gaffer tape on them where the carpet has worn, externally one set of metal steps had what I classed as severe metal fatigue - looked unsafe and surprised they are still open!! And finally external planks were in a poor state, some replaced/covered by chip board?? There was no robes or slippers and no complimentary water - it was $2 a bottle!!
It was so nice to wander the whole ship and see some of the exhibits. The bar was nice and had some great views, but was expensive, a beer and wine $25.
I loved every minute on board this ship, but it needs a substantial investment to bring it back to it's former glory, or else it may just become a distant memory. Sad, but so wanted to score it more, but can't. Such a lost opportunity.
The room was nice offering wifi, tv and 2 porthole windows and a fireplace. Clean and Comfortable. I went on a tour and The tour guide was knowledgeable and amusing. I enjoyed my stay.
Checking in was a really long wait. No bellboy to help with luggage. I was asked if I wanted an upgrade to a room with air conditioning so I paid an extra $25. And was sent to a room with no air or windows. The front desk phoned me in the room and advised me that they gave me the wrong room and to come back for another room and they would refund the extra $25. I paid for the inconvenience. Long walk back to front desk and I was given the proper room. I have never been given the refund though.