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
The entrance fee was too expensive for the tour. There were limited places to see. There was no guide to explain the stories or history. We ate in the restaurant, but didn't think the food was that good.
Getting to the QM took intense attention since there was road construction.
Once there the ship was overwhelming.
I had reservations for a couple nights.
I found the parking fees to be a bit over the top along with resort fees when there weren't a lot of amenities to participate in that didn't already have additional fees. WiFi was intermittent.
There was a slight discount on the tour pricing if lodging on board. The evening ghost tour I did not feel was worth the effort, it repeats a lot of the glory days tour. If you are interested in a ghost tour, invest the time and do the actual ghost hunt tour. You work with an actual paranormal investigator and check out areas of the ship that may not be open to the other tours. It does extend to the wee hours of the morning so make plans to stay aboard or at least not have to work the next day.
The ship itself is fascinating and well worth the two days. Some areas were not accessible, such as the pool area. Some areas have strong smells, like the engine room and boiler room. The first class room is luxurious and having port holes (windows) is good because air conditioning is not adjustable to temperature.
There was a cruise ship parked nearby and the intercom system was quite loud even across the bay. Be mindful if there are people staying in the next room, walls are thin, and you can hear everything.
What would be interesting is if they had examples of the original rooms set up for the visitors to experience. Both as a passenger ship and an example of the conditions aboard when operating as a troop transport.
Food on board was way below the standards I was expecting.
Only the cafe offered breakfast (unless you want heat and eat packaged goods from the Starbucks), and it was way over priced for the quality of food offered.
The "fine dining" could use a bit more information on the web page and the menu board at the base of the steps. Proper dress is required, but you don't find out until on board, at the top of the steps, and standing inside the doorway...there on the hostess desk it is posted in a passive aggressive style. Oh they also require reservations. Menu items are a la carte unless you get the special of the day. Also something they don't mention, even if you can understand the thick accent of the waiter. The food was very disappointing for the atmosphere and price.
The bar area offers standard bar fare but it is nice sitting outside and the art-deco decor inside is interesting.
Staying on board gets no breaks when it comes to meals.
There is a free bus that can transport you across the bay for shopping and restaurants. There were supposed to be water taxis available too for a small fee but it may be necessary to call about scheduling. They were scheduled the days I was there but there were none running.
I highly recommend staying on board and a couple of the tours, I also recommend taking the bus or water taxi across the bay if you get hungry.
if you want to visit a cool place. visit the queen mary. you can either stay at the hotel on board the ship or just be a visitor and shop the shops with are respectable in price and product. then have chow on board at one of the restaurants /lounges aboard her. prices are also decent for where u r at. the hotel prices are also not bad. we have been there a few times even flying out there in order to celebrate our anniversary at the queen. there are also cruise ships that dock next door to the queen every day.