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The Queen Mary - Legendary Transatlantic Liner Turned Hotel

Updated on August 13, 2015

The RMS Queen Mary's History From Launch To Docking At Long Beach, CA and How You Can Rent A Cabin On This Famous Ship

My son, Liam, stayed on this ship with his grandparents in March, 2008. He had a FANTASTIC time and has become a bit of a Queen Mary afficionado. I've let him put together this lens to let you see if staying on this legendary liner might be of interest to you - as well as show off a bit of his knowledge on the ship. Stay tuned - original videos from his stay on board are soon to come!

A Quick History of the Queen Mary - by Liam Schofield (age 10)

What did the Queen Mary do in her years of service?

The Queen Mary, built in July 28, 1934, was the grandest ship of her time. Nearly twice as long as the Titanic, the Queen Mary was only for the richest people in any path she crossed.

During WWII, She had lost all her elegance to become a troop transport ship, carrying over 16,000 troops on each voyage. Because of the Queen Mary's gray camouflage, she was nicknamed the "Gray Ghost." Once while trying to evade Nazi troop ships, the Queen Mary collided with a small ship, known as the Curacoa.

After the war, The Queen Mary was finally restored to her original splendor. When transatlantic liners become out-of-date due to air travel, the Queen Mary was auctioned to Long Beach, California for 3.4 million dollars. Afterwards, she was converted into a hotel, and has become haunted, with plenty of attractions.

  • Sailed the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967.
  • The RMS Queen Mary is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Construction of the Queen Mary began in 1930 and was halted in 1931 due to the Great Depression.
  • Construction of the Queen Mary was completed with a loan from the British Government, under the condition that Cunard Line merge with White Star Line.
  • Four times around the shortest deck(the sports deck) equals one mile.
  • Everyone who visited the Queen Mary has stories to tell, including me.
  • The Queen Mary is home to over 600 active ghosts.

Video of the Queen Mary

maiden voyage from Clydebank to New York

Biography of the Queen Mary

Accomodations on the Hotel Queen Mary - by Liam Schofield (age 10)

What's it like staying on board the Queen Mary?

First, I can tell you a little about what the staterooms looked like. Apart from the modern equipment in them, they are still in their old-fashioned glory. Although I still didn't get to stay in a 1st Class suite, I still got a roomy 2nd Class cabin. I saw pictures of the suites, so it wouldn't have mattered, since both the cabins and suites looked the same size, only slightly bigger.

If this is just a quick trip and you only need a place to sleep overnight, then a berth is perfect for you. Although extremely small, berths are at least still original.

If you choose fine dining, the most famous restaurant there (named after the most famous guest)is the award-winning Sir Winston's. The Promenade Cafe offers less formal dining. This is also a place for amateur D.J.s to practice for the radio station:W6RL-W6RO.

The Queen Mary is the perfect place to hold a meeting, wedding, or other business or ceremonial purpose with its ballrooms.

Like ghosts? Love ghost hunting? Well, the Queen Mary is the right place for you! With her seemingly endless mazes of corridors, haunted rooms, and countless amounts of ghosts, the Queen Mary is the perfect place to do some midnight ghost hunting!

I bet that anyone interested in old-fashioned stuff will be attracted to the Queen Mary like a cat to milk! So go on out there and visit the Queen Mary! And then, if you want, take my poll, and tell me how you feel about the Queen Mary!

The haunting of the Queen Mary. - Is The RMS Queen Mary Haunted?

Is the Queen Mary haunted?

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Would A Stay On The Queen Mary Be Fun? - Would this hotel / ship be an adventure, a luxury, a good time out or a bore?

Is a night on The Queen Mary a good idea for a fun night out?

Absolutely! History and ghost-hunting and a night on the Pacific Ocean - who could ask for more!

Absolutely! History and ghost-hunting and a night on the Pacific Ocean - who could ask for more!

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    No way! I'd be too scared and the rooms need updating. History is fine for a museum, but not a hotel!

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      Check out the Queen Mary's official web site to get the best deal on your Queen Mary cabin in Long Beach, California.

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      Contact Laura Schofield

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      Have you stayed on the Queen Mary? - Tell us about your stay in Long Island, CA on this legendary transatlantic liner!

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          KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

          Welcome to All Things Travel. I love the Queen Mary, and am glad you made a lens about it. I'll lensroll this to my cruise lenses.

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          Lovely Lens and thanks for submitting it to Travelmania Group.

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          Karendelac 9 years ago

          Greetings Liam !

          Thanks for visiting with me.

          I live in a 1/2 hour drive from the Queen Mary and visit often....like you I am drawn to Ocean Liners. Thanks for making this great web page, 5 stars for you !

          Please visit and rate my Kinkade lens.

          Best wishes,

          Karen

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          Lamar Ross 9 years ago from Florida

          I gave you and Liam 5 stars for this one. Thanks for joining up with us on Anything and Everything Travel Group. I look forward to additional lenses by you and Liam.

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          Hey, laura! I love this lens you put together! I stayed on the Queen Mary beforebut they ruined the place for ghost hunters. Turns out they just improvised to turn it into an attrtion!