Long Beach Queen Mary
Visit the Queen Mary if you are close to Long Beach. Whether you are interested in maritime history or WWII history or just curious about history in general, you’ll find your visit to the Queen Mary in Long Beach completely worthwhile.. The Queen Mary was one of the fastest ships of its time. During World War II, it was painted grey and was called the Grey Ghost for it’s speed in moving across the Atlantic Ocean. The Queen Mary today has a hotel, many different restaurants and offers a number of different tours.
The Queen Mary set sail for the first time on May 27, 1936 and was in service until 1967. It was called the RMS Queen Mary. RMS stands for Royal Mail Service.
We took a ghost tour which was fun but the best part of our visit was having the freedom to roam throughout the ship on many of the decks. We ate at one of the restaurants, had a drink at the Observation Bar, a wonderful Art Deco lounge.
We saw the Queen Mary propeller, the bridge, the quarantine area of the ship’s hospital. We visited the Queen Mary indoor pool. Yes, the Queen Mary had an indoor pool. We visited some Queen Mary staterooms and other smaller cabins. We visited the engine room which was incredible. We saw the Queen Mary rudder post with all its hydraulic controls. We saw the many Queen Mary life boats hanging from the port and starboard rails of the boat. We saw the fire alarm system on the Queen Mary. We saw one of the children’s playrooms which all the vintage toys during the time the Queen Mary sailed.
We didn’t do the famous Queen Mary Brunch which happens on sundays but we saw the room where this brunch is served and it looks like a very fun thing to do.