The Queen Mary, A Step Back In Time

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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.

The Queen Mary

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.

Diana A Royal Exhibition display

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.

Looking over the bow of the Queen Mary

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.

Behind the scenes look at the Helm of the Queen Mary

Queen Mary Capt's Day Room

Queen Mary Wireless Room, state of the art during its day

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.

The Tea Room

Pinkies up

Tea Sandwiches on the Queen Mary

Petite Fours on the Queen Mary

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.

The LEGO Queen Mary

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Disclosure: General

My admission to The Queen Mary was covered by Visit Long Beach in support of this travel series on Long Beach. My views and opinions are 100% my own and this post was not seen prior to publishing.


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Marc Smith is a single, 45-year-old, gay urbanite, living in high-rise heaven in Vancouver’s chic Yaletown neighbourhood. After a ten-year career as one of Vancouver’s pre-eminent event planners, he decided it was time for a change and posted on his Facebook page “I am ready for a change. What shall I do with my life?” 30 Day Adventures was born from that status update.

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