My wife planned a surprise birthday trip to stay on the Queen Mary, so off we went. Only problem was even with GPS, maps, a sextant, and compass, it is very difficult navigating to the QM in the port area; we wound up in the actual port, watching a shipload of Toyotas get unloaded. But once you get to the ship, it is immediately impressive. Remember, this is a 75 year old ship that has crossed the North Atlantic numerous times, both as a luxury cruise ship and a troop carrier in World War II. It was surprising well maintained; everywhere in the public areas, there was staff cleaning the floors and fixtures. The rooms were well maintained. Though many of the fixtures were original and thus were just for show, the rooms do have flat screens TVs and central air. The bed was very comfortable and just like an actual moving cruise ship (no Carnival cruise line jokes please) there was plenty of closet space. No complaints about the room, though we did have one strange experience. The QM is rumored to be haunted. Indeed, there have been many paranormal investigations on the ship. At 1:30 in the morning, we were awakened by the sounds of someone banging on the door and shaking the door knob. However, when I went to the door, there was no one there! Later, a couple of hours later, it happened again, and again, there was no one at the door. We mentioned this to the front desk, and then went on one of the many ship tours. We later found out on one of the tours that the number one ghost complaint by guests was...banging on the door and shaking the door knob at night! But anyway...
As far as hotel activities go, as we were there midweek it was rather quiet. They do have nice restaurants; we had dinner at the seafood restaurant which was very good and as an added twist, they had a cocktail list of drinks that were popular in the 1950s! Where else can you get a Moscow Mule? There is also a cocktail lounge in the bow, restored to the original art deco style. As far as recreation, there is a full service spa, but unfortunately the luxurious swimming pool is not in use; twelve feet deep and designed for diving, it does not meet state regulations. But for exercise a person can always hike down the mall to the many unique giftshops or take one of the many ship tours. Especially interesting are the ghost tours and also a claustrophobic tour of a Soviet-era submarine which is moored next to the QM. and to get a really creepy feeling, visit the engine rooms; mostly dark and under water-level, it is rather scary.
So overall, staying on the Queen Mary is an enjoyable experience. however, if you are afraid of ghosts...
- 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. Don't miss your chance to visit an iconic landmark! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Queen Mary Los Angeles
- Queen Mary California
- Queen Mary Long Beach