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“Princess Diana Exhibit”
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The Queen Mary
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Old Hollywood glamour. A rich maritime history. Authentic 1930s Art Deco décor. The Queen Mary is a full-service Long Beach hotel, historical landmark, and entertainment venue featuring award-winning restaurants, historical attractions, numerous special event salons and 346 staterooms. The Queen Mary gives a unique glimpse into an era when steamships were the most regal way to travel.
Moorpark, California
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“Princess Diana Exhibit”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

I absolutely loved this exhibit on the Queen Mary! I have slept on and toured the ship twice, but went again for this very special exhibit. It's so much more than just the Princess Diana Exhibit since they have handwritten letters by Queen Mary, the Queen Mum, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, and Charles, George VI (King's Speech), Philip. To list a few of the things on display, there are: many newspapers with stories beginning with Queen Mary and King George V, through Queen Elizabeth's parents, the bombing of Buckingham Palace, Elizabeth's reign, wedding of Diana and Chas, birth of the princes, their split, Wm and Kate's wedding. There are dishes from the Royal Yacht, a rare letter by Princess Margaret, many beautiful Royal Worchester porcelain figurines of the royal women (from Queen Victoria to the present), wedding and dinner invitations, a birthday party invitation in Diana's hand, Christmas cards signed by the royals, dolls and mannequins with copies of the royal dresses, and the backup wedding dress for the Duchess of York (Fergie), which I thoroughly enjoyed seeing. Also dress sketches, a copy of the spectacular black gown Diana wore and caused a stir. There's a garden bench from Highgrove, copies of Diana's diamond tiaras, lots of royal souvenirs from weddings, coronations, the palaces, etc. Three of Charles' watercolors are on display, also dinner menus, the shoes Helena wore in the King's Speech, the Queen Mum's handbag and beautiful letter opener with many photos of her from 1900-2002. A large doll is dressed in an exact replica of Diana's wedding dress and there's a full-size replica of her bridal bouquet. There are many more things to see, plus the beautiful dresses that Diana wore in a separate room, and a room with Kate's clothes, etc. I was really impressed with all of it and think most followers of the royals will enjoy it. I heard a group talking about the cost of the ticket ($35) and all of them were agreeing it was worth it. I only paid $25 through Goldstar and my ticket was for all day 10-6. One can tour the rest of the ship on the same day. Parking is a bit steep - $15. We went on a weekday at 10 a.m. and there were no crowds.

Visited January 2013
6 Thank Linda C
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San Diego, California
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“Dark Harbor”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Visit date: October 2011

Downed a couple of good drinks at Sir Winston's on the ship prior. Go to the Hotel entrance and take the elevator to the fourth floor.

Around 7pm we shot through the fastpass line - actually there was no line. The general admission line was already fairly long, but it seemed to move well. I would suggest fastpass if you are planning on attending any time after 8pm. This year they sold tickets for $20 if you arrived within the first hour, a pretty good deal, and FP for only $20 more per ticket.

The mazes offered some nice twists and turns as well as several good and unexpected scares. The Cage maze included some really loud music which was unbearable, and I got lost a couple of times. At one part I could not see at all and started pushing a mirror open and realized we were accidentally leaving the maze through a side wall. I turned around and everybody else was following me, too. There was a lot of smoke, so expect plenty of disorientation. Set designs were cool, although some areas in a couple of mazes smelled awkwardly wrong.

Grab a couple of welcoming stiff drinks at the Devil's bar, about $9/ea. The gentleman was not stingy in his pouring. Kettle Corn also available as well as other snacks (tacos I believe?) The band was good and I was impressed by the sound quality coming from the speakers. There is a fun little green screen photography souvenir booth, too. It looked cool, but I passed it without even inquiring about the price. They had one fellow standing in the walking area trying to convince everybody to try it out, over and over again - a little annoying because it is located within the main thoroughfare.

There are 5 mazes in all, and they aren't too short either, which gives it good value, in my opinion. Parking will most likely be $15-$20 (sorry folks!) But if you live in the downtown Long Beach area, take the red Passport bus for free!

Visited October 2012
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Puget Sound, Washington
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“Can't board the ship anymore, even to shop or dine”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

One used to be able to board the ship and visit a limited area in order to visit the gift shops or dine in one of the restaurants. Now that is no longer possible...one must buy a ticket to enter the ship at all. I understand that there is some sort of credit given in the dining rooms for having purchased a ticket. Still, it seems a shame and a bad way to do business. A friend of hours was instrumental in bringing the ship to Long Beach back in the 1960's; things seem to have gone downhill from there,

Visited January 2013
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Redondo Beach, California
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“Excellent nostalgic attraction”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

We spent half a day exploring the ship on a self guided engine room tour and then on an escorted tour deeper into the ship. Had cocktails on the observation bar and a fabulous dinner at Sir Winstons. Felt like we were back in time in our hotel room with a wonderful ocean and skyline view. For a special occasion and something different I would definitely recommend!

Visited September 2012
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Central Coast, California
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“A Royal Blast from the Past”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

I have long wanted to tour the Queen Mary and the special Diana Exhibition made it seem the perfect time to do it. We met friends there and enjoyed a long afternoon together. We viewed the Diana Exhibit first which is very well done, beautiful to look at and educational. There were interesting newspapers, letters, photographs and, of course, the dresses to view. We enjoyed our afternoon tea in the Tea Room. Expensive but tasty and fitting for the day's activities. We later toured the ship itself. I was told the headset audio tour is outdated, so we just used the provided map, walked around and read the displays which seemed fine. It looks like people care about the ship and work to present it in a positive light to the public, showcasing a nostalgic way of life to a modern audience.

Visited January 2013
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