Recognized as one of the most haunted hotels in America, the Queen Mary has been investigated by paranormal researchers several times over the years. The ocean liner is now permanently docked but the ghostly experiences still occur regularly.
The ship has so many haunted places that most people do not even know where to begin when talking or writing about it. The First Class Swimming Pool is one of the places which are most often talked about when discussing the ship. The pool is said to be haunted by the ghosts of two women who reportedly drowned there during the 30s and the 60s. It is often reported by various psychics that negative energy comes from the dressing rooms near the pool.
The ghost of a young lady dressed in white has also been seen in the Queen’s Salon. A man dressed in a 1930s suit has been seen in the First Class suites, children playing have been seen and heard near the storage room and the ghost of a young woman has also been seen in the Tourist Class Swimming Pool. Cabin B340 is also a room that has a lot of disturbances. It is no longer rented out today. Whether that’s to do with the activity or not is unknown.
During World War II, the Queen Mary ended up slicing through her escort ship. However, under strict orders, the Queen Mary was not permitted to stop for survivors. More than 300 men drowned because of the accident and it is said that these drowning men can still be heard pounding on the walls and asking for help or rescue. A cook was also killed in the ship’s kitchen when troops did not like his cooking. His ghost can still be heard screaming in the oven where his body was hidden.
The Queen Mary has a rich history. It was once an ocean liner in 1936. During the War, it served its country as a troopship. On her sixth round-trip voyage, the ship won the Blue Riband for being the fastest ship to cross the North Atlantic. In 1938, the Queen Mary arrived in New York and in July 1943, it carried the greatest number of people in a floating vessel. In November 1954, Queen Elizabeth, and the Queen Mother were on board.
In April 1966, the Queen Mary was announced for sale and the first letter of inquiry came from H.E. Ridings of Long Beach. A bid was accepted in July 1967 and it arrived in California in December 1967. In November 1972, the first 150 rooms were opened and in February of 1974 Hyatt Corporation took over the management of the hotel. In December 1992, the Queen Mary closed. In February 1993, the Queen Mary re-opened with 125 rooms available for guests. In April 1993, the remainder of the 365 rooms was also opened and in May of 1996, it celebrated its 25th anniversary.
The majestic Queen Mary offers guests a chance to step back in history and spend a fabulous time onboard. The hotel offers 314 original guest rooms. There are 9 suites and 305 staterooms. There are no two staterooms alike in the Queen Mary. Each suite has a separate bedroom and living room. There are even some suites which come with a breakfast nook. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, the Queen Mary Hotel has got all your needs covered.
People who want to learn more about the hotel’s history can join the guided tour which is conducted daily. The tour will give guests an in-depth look of the ship’s past. There is a lot on board on the ship and a lot of things to find out about it so guests should not miss the guided tour.
A trip to the Queen Mary would not be complete without sampling the ship’s unique and famous restaurants. Sir Winston’s Restaurant & Lounge is easily the most romantic restaurant in the Long Beach area. It has stunning views of the city and the ocean and features an award-winning menu. The Beef Wellington is a must-try. Chelsea Chowder House & Bar offers some of the freshest and best-tasting seafood in town. The restaurant’s New England Clam and Corn Chicken Chorizo should definitely be ordered if you are ever there. Adults traveling alone or with children should join the Champagne Sunday Brunch. It features more than 50 international entrees and even a children’s buffet.
The Queen Mary also offers more than 80,000 square feet of function space for various meetings, conferences and other events. You can have your wedding reception or next conference at the Queen Mary. All gatherings are catered in-house by a cooking staff which is truly professional and world-class.
- Flat-panel televisions
- Room service
- Fitness room
- Business center
- Wireless high-speed internet connection
- Pay-per-view movies
- Satellite television
- Crabtree & Evelyn products
- Pillow top perfect sleeper
- Serta mattress
Things to Do
Aside from the Queen Mary’s signature events throughout the year, there are also many other things to do and see in Long Beach. The Aquarium of the Pacific is a major aquarium that will not disappoint you at all. Children can have an interactive play where they can touch rays and play in the fountain. The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra has been bringing classical music to life for a long time. Some of their shows are performed at the Terrace Theater.
The Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch & Gardens is on the National Register of Historic Sites. An adobe house dating back to the 1800s can be seen on the property, as well as five acres of historic gardens and barnyards. Guests of the ranch will see Spanish, Native American and Mexican cultures and design. Leadbetter Beach is one of the busiest beaches in town and is just a stone’s throw away from Long Beach City College.
Golfers will absolutely enjoy spending their time at the Skylinks Golf Course. The fairways are well maintained. There is also a pond that will add to the challenge of playing 18 holes. Another option is the Bixby Village Golf Course which is a 9-hole executive length golf course.
- Inside staterooms with twin beds start at $81.75
- Standard rooms with 1 full-size bed start at $81.75
- Deluxe staterooms with 2 twin beds start at $89.75
- Family staterooms king and twin beds start at$119.25
- Full suites start at $269.65