The Queen Mary Ship is closed, and the company that owns the ship in bankruptcy. The future of this historic ship is unknown.
Queen Mary is located across the bay from The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, home to the Aquarium of the Pacific Long Beach. The Queen was moored in Long Beach in 1967 and opened as a tourist attraction in 1971.
There are several tours (passports) of the grand old ship available. The most popular tour is the self-guided audio tour. Upgrades include the Royal Passport, Haunted, and first-class passport.
We suggest visitors purchase tickets ahead of time online. Admission tickets at the gate are rarely the best-priced option. Parking is not included in the above deals—carpool to share the parking fee.
Queen Mary Long Beach is a fun day trip where the whole family can find something to enjoy. With discounts, you can make a trip to the Queen Mary easy on your budget.
Queen Mary History
Queen Mary sailed on her maiden voyage on 27 May 1936 and later became the fastest passenger ship to cross the Atlantic. She lost the title to the SS Normandie in 1937 and recaptured it in 1938.
With the outbreak of World War II, she was converted into a troopship and ferried Allied soldiers for the duration of the war. Following the war, Queen Mary was refitted for passenger service and, along with Queen Elizabeth, commenced the two-ship transatlantic passenger service that the two ships were initially built for.
The two ships dominated the transatlantic passenger transportation market until the dawn of the jet age in the late 1950s. By the mid-1960s, the ship was aging and though still among the most popular transatlantic liners, was operating at a loss.
After several years of decreased profits for Cunard Line, Queen Mary was officially retired from service in 1967. The ship left Southampton for the last time on 31 October 1967 and sailed to Long Beach, California.
Queen Mary Hotel
The Queen Mary is a full-service hotel, historical landmark and entertainment venue
The hotel has original staterooms that span three decks and include eight full suites. Each cabin is uniquely appointed, and embellishments vary to include rich wood paneling, Art Deco built-ins, original artwork; and, portholes for outside cabins.
Queen Mary Events
Dark Harbor is not for younger children. This annual Halloween event is one of the most popular scary attractions in Southern California. Live entertainment, gruesome mazes, and ghost ship tours are all part of the fun.
Chill is a family-friendly holiday event held on the ground of the Queen Mary. The ice theme of the original Chill festival has been updated into Alice in Winterland. Rides, a huge ice slide, and a Santas Village are all designed as a place where families can enjoy the holidays together.
Nearby Queen Mary Attractions
Aquarium of the Pacific houses over 12,000 sea animals displayed by area of origin. Visiting this historic ship and Aquarium of the Pacific is a great way to spend a day.
The Cabrillo Aquarium is not anywhere near as large as the Long Beach Aquarium. However, it does have one advantage; admission is free. This aquarium exhibits sea creatures that live in Southern California. There are lots of hands 0n exhibits, plenty of interesting fish tanks, and a walkway down to some interesting tide pools.