RMS Queen Mary is a retired British ocean liner that sailed primarily on the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard-White Star Line and was built by John Brown & Company in Clydebank, Scotland. Queen Mary, along with RMS Queen Elizabeth, were built as part of Cunard's planned two-ship weekly express service between Southampton, Cherbourg and New York. The two ships were a British response to the express superliners built by German, Italian and French companies in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
Queen Mary sailed on her maiden voyage on 27 May 1936 and won the Blue Riband that August; she lost the title to SS Normandie in 1937 and recaptured it in 1938, holding it until 1952, when it was taken by the new SS United States. With the outbreak of World War II, she was converted into a troopship and ferried Allied soldiers during the conflict.
brian smith | Feb 27, 2018
Stayed at the Queen Mary from 23-26 Feb 2018 to celebrate two of my friends birthdays. 1) If you love Art Deco, the Greatest Generation or just old ships, this is a can't miss attraction. The Ship is gorgeous. She does have some rough spots but that is to be expected, and some sections normally open to the public are currently closed for renovations. 2) The staff was extremely courteous and helpful. The food and dining areas were some of the, if not the best I have ever had. I enjoyed Sir Winston's (need to dress appropriately), the Sunday Brunch, the forward bar,and room service. Just make sure you bring your checkbook as they can be pretty pricey. 3. The only downside I had to the experience was the hotel room itself. The booking website had a picture of the room if you chose the "King Size suite with a view of the harbor" as being a fully adorned room in its original style. This could not be further from reality. Supposedly that picture is of a possible upgrade you can do but is not mentioned until you get a confirmation email. This is not to say the room was bad by any means, but it was not of the period, nor was it modern. It kind of looked like a room that had been filled by a Goodwill. However, it was acceptable, it was made up and cleaned to perfection daily, room service was prompt when ordered etc. As my friend put it, 'the room isn't spectacular so we have to get out and see the rest of the ship' 4) For the price of the room, it would have been nice to at least have a free tour package or a complimentary meal. Especially once the California occupancy taxes hit you on checkout day. Overall 4 stars.
Bob Kacmar | Jan 27, 2018
I know I am completely biased because I just absolutely love this place. Although before I went for the first time I never even gave it a thought. I recommend going just once and if you spend the night, make sure you ask for the old style room on the bay side. Very romantic and perfect for Valentine's day. Make sure you have dinner at the elegant Sir Winston's restaurant as well. I really enjoyed the Chateaubriand. My favorite thing to do after the dinner is head over to the bar and have a cigar and a drink while enjoying the view on their patio.
Ron Scheidler | Feb 20, 2018
Good to see the ship is getting much needed attention and refurbishment. Great experience learning about the history of the grand ship. Lots to explore and experience first hand. Hotel accommodations are sparse... Consider it's a ship that was built in the 30's. Rooms are generally pretty small and walls are thin. But there's a fine line between maintaining the ships vintage authenticity and providing modern comforts. Still, we enjoyed our step back in time.
Steve Lilley | Feb 21, 2018
My wife and I stayed on the Queen Mary the night before we went on a Carnival Cruise. We had a ball we explored the ship from stem to stern Kiel to smoke stacks. We met a gentleman named John who is the head of Maintenance. He had so many interesting stories and so much knowledge of the history of This Magnificent ship. When he talked about the ship it was almost like he was talking about an old love, to hear the stories and to see the opulence and splendor that this Old Ship displays, was amazing. Granted the rooms are not huge the accoutrement is not the most up-to-date, but that is what gives this hotel its charm. We are going to go back to the Queen Mary for a 3-day weekend and just spend time on the ship. Can't wait!
Kalina Roman | Mar 4, 2018
We loved staying 4 nights on the Queen Mary Ship. Would have gave a 5 star if their VALET CREW wasn't so rude to one of our Handy capped wheelchair guest! The food was so so, for breakfast my son found a 1 inch medal wire in his pancakes that he bit into, they did comp his breakfast but they should have comped all four of our breakfast being no one wanted to finish eating after that. The maid service was awesome! Thank you Rosa!
Michael Duda | Apr 1, 2018
We were so excited to stay here overnight and we were not disappointed. So much stuff to see just walking around. Cute little stores on board and exhibits. Beautiful cabins with original wood work and fixtures. The prices aren't bad at all. Parking is a little weird but it's a port, so I get it. Definitely stay for the champagne brunch, it's worth the extra money.
Duan Scott | Mar 29, 2018
If you like history, the Queen is a great place to stay for a getaway. You can expect dated accommodations, but that's part of her charm. If you like a cocktail, the "Observant bar, an art deco lounge" is a great place to have a drink. I take off one star for the high cost of parking, and the fading paint on the hull. I was married there one year ago and considering the cost for our event and the high number of events held at Queen Mary, it's hard to understand why the paint and other basic maintenance gets neglected. Having said that, I love this old girl. And I still recommend a visit or a hotel stay. Sir Winston"s is a great restaurant, and the champagne brunch is great; beautiful room. Tours are very informative, especially concerning her war history and link to American history.
G.M.R Robison | Mar 7, 2018
The whole experience had its ups and downs. The positive - a lot to see and do on the ship the models and pictures are great for learning. Staff was friendly. Rooms are good size and most of the ship was pretty clean. I liked being able to wander around all night like a normal cruise ship. New paint looks great. The bad. Some of on board binoculars didn't work. A lot of areas were closed off(Mostly for restoration work though), toilets didn't seem to want to flush, expensive menu. Overall I'm very happy to stay on the boat again. It was a great experience. The happy hour drink specials, aren't to bad. And most of the tour guides seem very knowledgeable
Mr French | Mar 29, 2018
This Queen has seen better days. There is an overall run down appearance to rooms and some common areas. Black tape covers worn carpet on stairs. The pricing may be appealing on line, but the fine print can add nearly $40.00 a day for parking and resort fee. This could be so much more than it is if only attention to detail were paid to celebrating the true grandeur and quality that was the Queen Mary. Instead run down restrooms and peeling varnish make you realize that this is really a tourist trap and nothing more. Two stars because it is an icon of a long passed era and the history is a draw. Pics are for king bed with harbor view M031.
David Mitchell | Apr 9, 2018
At the time of our visit, most of the ship was under renovation and closed to the public. Thankfully we went in the evening when there is no entrance fee. Based on the available open exhibits, the entry fee for a day passport is way over priced and wouldn't be worth paying for. I remember coming here as a child and it was much better then. Hopefully after the renovations are completed, it will be restored to a much better condition and the exhibits will once again be opened. As a current Merchant Marine Officer, I was looking forward to showing my son the bridge and telling him about the rich history and tradition involved in shipping but what we found was improperly displayed signal flags, an incorrectly displayed national ensign and a once majestic vessel that time has taken a toll on.
Mike Isaacs | May 8, 2018
Great museum! Not a great ‘hotel’. Pros: Comfy king sized bed. Cool antique fixtures. Tower of terror aesthetics. Great exhibits. Cons: Thin steel walls allow you to hear every intimate detail of your neighbors. Leaky toilets that drip all night. Very low water pressure and poorly designed fixtures. Staff wasn’t overly impressive. Resort fees and parking fee adds another 40 to your stay - though this is a common trend with many destination stays. Had dinner at Sir Winston’s and this was a superb meal with attentive staff and a great view of Long Beach during the sunset. Highly recommend for special occasions that won’t break the bank. The vessel is in extreme trouble regarding the expenses required to keep it safe for the next decade. I don’t think she’ll last more than another 10 years under the care of the city of Long Beach - so check it out while you still can! Summary: Check it out before she’s retired, but find another place to sleep... Eat at Sir Winston’s: affordable fine dining.
Moises Castillo | May 5, 2018
The Queen Mary has always been a must see in Long Beach. But due to the tear and wear of mother nature, the Queen Mary had lost it's spark. But now it has been renovated, the hull has been refurbished. A wonderful New paint job, the Queen Mary has been revitalized. It looks beautiful, stands proud, as if it was really ready for a long voyage. It's a true beauty, and it brings me joy to see this wonderful piece of history. Brought back to life!!! If you haven't seen how beautiful it looks now?? You need to go see it for yourself, it's wonderful!!!!❤
Deborah Johnson | May 8, 2018
Fun place to stay once. Neat to go ghost hunting. Sean gave superior paranormal ghost tour. He is one of the best guides. Chelsea Cheddar House food is not up to par and service was poor. Rooms are quaint and maintain original interiors. That means original bathrooms, which are in desperate need of redo.
Carolyn Petmecky | Apr 27, 2018
We decided to spend the night on the Queen Mary because we were attending the 2018 Los Angeles Charger's Draft Party. We had a king size bed with two port holes with a view of the harbor and downtown Long Beach. Very nostalgic. We had a wonderful stay. Monica, at the front desk, was so nice and helpful when we checked into the hotel. The whole experience was fabulous!!
Ilia Young | Jun 7, 2018
We loved the views and the haunted tour. Friendly staff. Fun fact: you can stay overnight in the Queen Mary. Also they offer military discount. We had with us a 15, 12, and 3 yr old. The 3yr old was free. Also parking is $18. Steep for parking but... if you dine in the ship $$$ you only pay $8. Guess What? You end up paying more than $8 if you have to buy dinner for 2. Unless you're looking for the dinning experience then... The haunted tour was both fun and informative. We had the same privileges as the other tours. The 4D movie was about the history of the ship, so we felt like we were able to not only learn about the ships history but enjoy stories otherwise not told on the normal tour about the ship and its crew. Well worth the price. Don't forget to visit the area.
Michael Duda | Jun 15, 2018
Really great brunch, there is a reason it's often listed in the top brunches in America. Buffet style with many different options. Everything from Asian to Mexican food and everything in between. Even some brisket and BBQ. The champagne flows freely and is decently dry. The ballroom that the brunch takes place in is beautiful and huge. It's worth the money for the experience alone. I recommend spending the night and getting brunch in the morning. Go explore the boat at night.
Mukaila Kazeem | Jun 16, 2018
We ate at Sir Winston's restaurant for our anniversary dinner. Great ambiance but it's a bit of a walk to get to once you're in the boat. The waiters are extremely friendly and helpful. I ordered scallops for appetizers but you only get two. Lamb chops were the entree and they were done well. Took a little longer than expected to make but tasted good. I recommend this place for special occasions.
M Langenderfer | Jun 13, 2018
Great historical ship. Good food. Ask for earplugs at the front desk if a wedding or three are happening during your stay. If you order the Romance Package, make sure at check in you specify an exact time for it to arrive as it takes 30-60 minutes for it to arrive. BTW, the dark chocolate strawberries compliment the sparkling wine. The Champagne Brunch has an extensive selection of food and is good. Great service. When checking out, if you need to store your luggage, make sure you request a bell hop at least 30 minutes in advance.
Michelle Hollie | Jul 17, 2018
I think it could have been a little more cleaner. A little more updated inside of the ship. I also feel they could have had healthier food. As far as water it was a bit pricey for someone of myself who wanted to bring their smart water or their life water because of the electrolytes. Due to being a diabetic and because they threw all my water away! I was sick and could not use the restroom because my stomach was so messed up. I didn't have the electrolytes that I needed so I was really dehydrated and other than that as far as entertainment and things like that that was fun. The pictures are a bit over pricey. a The pool I think they need a better cleaning system for the pool and the hot tub. I didn't get a chance to even get in the pool or the hot tub because it was tons of kids in the pool as well as the hot tub. So I never got a chance to really enjoy that part. Overall it was okay I just think they should change a couple of things. (1) The cleaning of the pool. (2) The hours that kids are allowed in the hot tub so that the adults can get the effect of enjoying the hot tub. (3) Better and more Reggae music on the deck. (4) More Selection on music in Club Illusions. Or different times for genre of music. I can say I love our house keeper (Edi). He was so awesome. If I could have him every time would be awesome. He kept us smiling and was very helpful. For my first cruise I can say it was fun. But not as fun as I thought it would be.
J | Jul 13, 2018
If you love style, history and making some memories that you will never forget you have to experience a stay on the Queen Mary! Imagine staying in and exploring an amazing museum and you start to get the idea! It’s location is perfect for a base to experience all of the other great attractions in Long Beach as well. Please remember that you are staying in a very old ocean liner with a rich history, it’s not perfectly polished and finished but that’s part of the charm and a reminder of the history that this grand old ship has endured. The Great staff, wonderful food and atmosphere will leave you with some wonderful memories and has left a special place in my heart!
Eugene Grant-Sinclair | Jun 20, 2018
Cool experience. Nice date spot if you want to just do something different. Good for day trip with friends and or family. Very child friendly. There is also a WWII submarine to check out. A bit pricey but not crazy. Went with friends, made a day out of it. All in all pretty fun place.
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