Are you looking for somewhere special to spend your Valentines Day? A fabulous dinner and romantic accommodations? Well, if you live in Southern California, or will be in the neighborhood of Long Beach, you simply must consider visiting the Queen Mary.
This is not something I would have thought of but on our recent Southern Cali vacation, at my sister-in-laws suggestion, we visited this majestic ship for Christmas dinner. I was very pleasantly surprised. We spent time dining then walked around the ship on the self guided tour. I would love to go back and stay.
If we had the chance, Valentines day would be the perfect time to visit. The history of this ship is so rich and you can feel it as you roam the halls.
As far as dining options, there are actually several choices on board. There is the Observation Deck Lounge, Champagne Sunday Brunch, Sir Winston’s Restaurant and Lounge, Chelsea Chowder House and Bar, Promenade Cafe, The Tea Room and The Starboard Bakery. Read all about them HERE and about the Valentines Day Specials.
You could also choose to stay the night in one of the many “cabins” aboard the ship. From my understanding, they are a bit on the smaller side but very comfortable and updated. How romantic after a nice dinner and stroll. You never know what celebrity or soldier may have walked that path before!
Which brings me to the history of this beautiful ship. If you don’t know the story, you will be in awe. She took her maiden voyage from South Hampton, England May 27, 1936. For the next three years she would carry celebrities and dignitaries in luxurious style. Icons such as Clark Cable, Bob hope, Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Winston Churchill all walked those halls. It wasn’t until WWII and the need arrived to transport troops that she was painted camouflage grey and transformed into the “grey ghost”. The Queen Mary continued her military service transporting 16,000 troops until 1947. She was then reconstructed again to her former glory and continued again on her transatlantic voyages. In 1967, she finally retired and found her permanent home in Long Beach where you can still visit her today. Read the full history HERE.
There are many fascinating stories you will discover as you walk around this grand ship. If you really want to learn and see everything, schedule yourself one of the many guided tours. You can even take the “haunted tour” – YES! Rumor has it there are some paranormal guests on this voyage as well!
So if you find yourself in the area, I highly recommend you stop by. You will NOT be sorry!