First off, I have to say the fireworks were beautiful. I was slightly disappointed that they were not choreographed somehow to a soundtrack. My very favorite fireworks shows that I have been to over the years have always been themed and with American music and choreographed to the fireworks going up in the sky. The ship was pretty crowded and a little hard to get around on but not overly so. The drinks were expensive and I only had a couple, and I would never choose again to eat on the ship. The restaurants were completely booked and impossible to get into but, all around the decks of the ship they had buffet style burgers and hotdogs and the sort. It took 45 minutes to get 2 burgers and a cup of chili for $35. If I were to do this again I would definitely eat before I got on the ship. Now here's the kicker... I knew that getting off the ship would be quite a task as there were so many people and there's really only a couple of places to leave the ship. The elevators are tiny and the stairways are very small as well so if you can imagine a bottleneck of people all moving in the same time direction with the same goal of reaching land. So we made it to our car, and eventually were able to get out of our parking spot and start moving with the droves of people leaving the port, and as we passed the intersection where we would turn to connect to the 110 it was blocked. Ok, so we press on and I are directed on to the 710. No problem. We will connect to the 110 or take the exit to downtown Long Beach or we can flip around to go home. No.... Everyone has been now pushed on to the 710, and not just from the Queen Mary but it seems from every event in Long Beach. every single exit off of the 710 that we passed until Anaheim Street was completely blocked and it took us an hour and a half to get there.it almost seems as though Long Beach was kicking everybody out, there was no way to turn anywhere and all we could see for miles ahead of us were red lights. Mind you I live in Torrance so I am truly only about 25 to 30 minutes away, and it took me nearly two hours to get home. The only thing that I could suggest is that Long Beach take a better look how to move people out of their city through more than one freeway.If I am to do the Queen Mary again I will absolutely eat before I get on the ship, and maybe even book a hotel on the ship. Even if I had booked a hotel near the Queen Mary it would have taken me forever to get there and with all the exits blocked I'm not even sure how I would have done that...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The historic Queen Mary is home to a 343-room Art Deco Hotel, where guests relive the excitement of cruising in the style of the 1930's without ever leaving port. Now permanently docked, yet still afloat, the Queen Mary is a must-see attraction which offers a variety of historical, paranormal and educational tours, unique shops, meeting & banquet facilities, three award-winning ocean view restaurants, unique hotel rooms and much more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Queen Mary Los Angeles
- Queen Mary California
- Queen Mary Long Beach