Luxury liner, WW II troop ship, technological wonder and now a floating attraction and hotel. I can only be speaking of The Queen Mary, and since 1967, it has called Long Beach, California home. The Queen Mary evokes another time and era, where luxury and transcontinental travel were only for the privileged few. Now the gang plank is accessible for all and she welcomes us to come in for a tour, enjoy tea and even to spend a night or two. It’s a way of life and a moment in time freeze framed for all to see.
There is a lot to see and do aboard the Queen Mary. I start with the current Diana, A Royal Exhibition located on the Sun Deck. No cameras allowed inside the exhibit so unfortunately I can’t share with you what I saw, but if you are at all interested in the Royals and especially Princess Diana you will want to take the tour. It includes memorabilia and press clippings dating back to King George VI all the way to the current Queen Elizabeth. The stars of the exhibit are dresses worn by Princess Diana herself.
The Queen Mary offers many tours, including tours that happen at night and a haunted ghost tour. DYK that the Queen Mary is haunted? I opted to explore the ship on my own with a map and a sense of curiosity.
There are lots of things to see and explore, a couple of the highlights for me include checking out the helm, the Captain’s quarters and the state of the art wireless room. I’ve been on a cruise before, and that Captain lived large based on the size of his stateroom compared to what I stayed in.
After over an hour of exploring the ship, I am ready for that most English event, Tea. The Windsor Tea is what’s on offer, and that is what I had. Starting off with a cup of Earl Grey Tea, followed by three tiers of treats. Tea sandwiches, scones and of course, Petite Fours. Nom Nom.
This is just a taste; pun intended, of what you can experience at the Queen Mary. I can easily see people spending an entire day exploring the ship, enjoying tea and maybe even spending the night in one of the Staterooms.
If you are a big LEGO fan, then you will want to check out the LEGO replica of The Queen Mary. It’s the perfect way to end your Queen Mary experience.