Once the flagship of the Cunard Line, the elegant ocean liner RMS Queen Mary sailed between Southampton, England, Cherbourg, France, and New York City from 1936 to 1967. Now permanently moored in the port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary serves as a floating hotel, restaurant, special event venue, and tourist attraction.
Visitors can spend the night in one of the ship’s 346 suites and staterooms, but even if you’re not an overnight guest, you can have a meal, cocktails, or afternoon tea in one of Queen Mary’s restaurants and bars; the Observation Bar, located in the former first-class lounge, is a favorite for its classic 1930s art deco flavor.
The ship offers multiple themed tours, including a ghost tour and a “steam and steel” option that takes you into the boiler and engine rooms. Visitors can also take a self-guided tour and choose from an array of optional activities and exhibits. Tours of the Queen Mary are included in the Go Los Angeles Card and often on tours focused on Los Angeles’ beaches. You can also get a bird’s-eye view of the ship on a helicopter tour from Long Beach.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Queen Mary is a must-see for history and maritime enthusiasts.
- The ship’s Champagne Sunday brunch, featuring global cuisine and live music, is a local favorite and has been rated one of the world’s best hotel brunches.
- To get onboard the ship, you need to have a reservation for a room, restaurant, or tour.
- Restaurants offer partial parking validation.
How to Get There
The Queen Mary is a short stroll from the Carnival Cruise Line harbor. It’s a 40-minute walk, 10-minute drive, or 25-minute ride on the free Passport bus from Downtown Long Beach.
When to Get There
The ship is open year-round, although opening hours vary between restaurants; check the website. One of the ship’s most popular events is its New Year’s celebrations, which has its own fireworks display. The ship’s hotel offers packages for those wanting to attend and spend the night.
Docked near Downtown Long Beach, it’s easy to combine a visit to the Queen Mary with the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Pike at Long Beach entertainment complex, or the funky East Village Arts District, which is filled with independent galleries, shops, and restaurants.