She was once the most magnificent luxury liner on the Atlantic Ocean.
She later made history by going into war service and transporting
765,429 military personnel during World War II, often with 15,000 troops
in one crossing. Yes, she earned her retirement, and today resides in
the harbor of Long Beach, California, a maritime monument to the genius
and creativity of man, and to the human spirit.
The 1,019-1/2-foot-long Queen Mary made her maiden voyage on May
27, 1936; she boasted capacity for 1,957 passengers and 1,174 crew and
staff on her 12 decks. Visitors to the gracious lady today will discover
incredibly beautiful art deco designs throughout. Several restaurants
and shops maintain the atmosphere of the early days. Especially
impressive is the opulent Grand Salon, which features a Champagne Sunday
Brunch that overshadows the best buffets of Las Vegas. The ship offers a
self-guided walking tour, in addition to several paid specials: Ghosts
& Legends exposes guests to the haunting history and perhaps
paranormal activities of the cruise liner; a visit to the Russian
submarine Scorpion, docked alongside the Queen Mary,
provides a look at an authentic Cold War-era craft; and occasional
visiting exhibits include the works of famous artists such as George
Edward Hurrel, and the artifacts of the infamous Titanic.
Travelers who wish to take full advantage of the Queen Mary
and all she has to offer, should consider an overnight stay in one of
her elegant rooms. The ship is located at 1126 Queen’s Highway, Long
Beach, California, 90802.
For more information: queenmary.com.