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  • Location:Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles Shore Excursion: The Queen Mary

Visit the grand and historic ‘Queen Mary’ while you’re in port in Los Angeles. Located right in the Port of Long Beach, the ship is the perfect shore excursion! Learn about the ship’s glamorous history, her part in WWII, her art deco beauty and what it was like to be a first-class passenger. Choose from three ticket options to make the most of your visit while you’re in port.


  • Admission to the Queen Mary in the Port of Long Beach
  • Choice of five ticket options
  • Walking distance from the Port of Long Beach
  • Short drive from the San Pedro Port
  • Family-friendly activities, including exhibits and ghost tours
  • Self-guided tours available, perfect for cruise passengers

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Los Angeles Shore Excursion: The Queen Mary

Art Deco Bar on the Queen Mary

Experience the history and the mystery of the historic Queen Mary, a famed 1930s transatlantic ocean liner with endless secrets, from celebrity passengers to alleged spirits that haunt the vessel today. Explore the ship from bow to stern and bridge to boilers! During the self-guided tour and various exhibits and activities, you’ll learn about the ship’s features and history, from her art deco design to her World War II service to her paranormal encounters. There's a lot to see aboard this famous Long Beach icon, but the three ticket options allow you make the most out of your time in port in Los Angeles.

Ticket options (for more information about each activity, see the Itinerary section below):
  • General Admission: Self-guided Shipwalk Tour, Ghosts & Legends show, Queen Mary Historic Exhibit and an optional audio tour.
  • First Class Admission: Self-guided Shipwalk Tour, access to all exhibit areas, Ghosts & Legends show, entrance to the Scorpion Submarine and choice between the Behind the Scenes Tour or WWII Tour.
  • Grand Voyage Admission: Self-guided Shipwalk Tour, Ghost and Legends Show, Diana, Legacy of a Princess exhibit, Russian Scorpion Submarine and a choice between the Behind the Scenes or WWII Tour
  • Royal Admission: Self-guided Shipwalk tour and Diana, Legacy of a Princess exhibit
  • Haunted Encounters: Self-guided Shipwalk Tour, Ghosts & Legends show, Haunted Encounters Tour, Haunted Encounters film, Ghost Sighting Scavenger Hunt and souvenir Paranormal Passport.
This excursion is located within a 20-minute walk from the Long Beach cruise port and an approximate 15-minute drive from the San Pedro cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Los Angeles. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy


Exhibits and activities on the Queen Mary in Long Beach:

Audio Tour
Explore the ship at your leisure and let your audio guide take you through the story of the Queen Mary. Included with General Admission ticket option. (Approximately 1.5 to 2 hours)

Behind the Scenes Tour
This guided walking tour offers you a deeper look into the ship's history, from her construction and launch to her passenger service and days as a troopship. (Approximately 1 hour)

World War II Tour

Learn the story of the “Grey Ghost,” the Queen Mary’s alias during World War II, and how her involvement in the war helped lead the Allied forces to victory. (Approximately 45 minutes)

Haunted Encounters Tour

Take a guided ghost tour of the Queen Mary’s most haunted areas as your tour guide reveals the stories of the ship's most famous reported apparitions. (Approximately 1 hour)

Ghosts & Legends show
Dare to experience the Queen Mary’s famous paranormal hotspots on this interactive special-effects show. (Approximately 30 minutes)

Scorpion Submarine
Explore an authentic Cold War-era Russian submarine, code name "Scorpion," and find out about the life of a submariner. (Approximately 30 minutes)

Queen Mary Historic Exhibit
Discover the Queen Mary's past with this interactive exhibit, where you can step back in time to learn about her sailing years and her war service.

Diana, Legacy of a Princess
The exhibit is a priceless collection of evening gowns, personal accessories, and cherished memorabilia associated with Princess Diana and the Royal Family

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

The Queen Mary was wonderful. I was very happy to see her in all her elegance even at her age. we were docked right beside the Queen Mary at the long beach terminal. it was a perfect tour!

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better June 2015

The tour guide for the haunted encounters was great. Scorpion submarine was interesting. Queen Mary was okay.

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