This is a great way to spend a day in Long Beach. The free shuttle bus got me there in 15mins from the Hyatt Regency. I bought a ticket that got me into the Princess Diana exhibit, the Glory Days tour, and the submarine.
You can explore the whole ship on your own but the tour is definitely worth it. Our guide was very entertaining! He told us all about the history of the boat and as we walked around, he explained what the original use of the rooms were for. It's worth visiting the impressive engine room and propellor afterwards at the other end of the ship.
Have tea in the Tea Room! They serve you little sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, and mini desserts with your choice of tea. Very English! I did this before heading into the Diana exhibit which was on the same floor.
The Diana exhibit documented the current Royal family and her life. They have a nice selection of her dresses as well as some of Kate Middletons. Plan to spend about an hour here as there is a lot to take in. It was nice to learn about all the charities Princess Diana worked for.
The Queen Mary has a nice selection of shops to get souvenirs from and if I came back I would definitely stay on board in the hotel. The tour takes you through the hotel so you get to see what it's like.
The submarine was ok but it would have been nice to have a tour guide explain the different compartments to get a better feel for what life would've been like for the sailors on board.
Make sure you have at least 5 hours to spare as you can spend the whole day here exploring the ship.
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