On May 27, 1936, the Queen Mary departed from Southampton, England embarking on her maiden voyage. She boasted five dining areas and lounges, two cocktail bars and swimming pools, a grand ballroom, a squash court and even a small hospital. The Queen Mary had set a new benchmark in transatlantic travel, which the rich and famous considered as the only civilized way to travel. She quickly seized the hearts and imaginations of the public on both sides of the Atlantic, representing the spirit of an era known for its elegance, class and style. For three years after her maiden voyage, the Queen Mary was the grandest ocean liner in the world carrying Hollywood celebrities like Bob Hope and Clark Gable, royalty like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and dignitaries like Winston Churchill. During this time she even set a new speed record, which she held for 14 years. But when the Queen Mary docked in New York in September 1939 that would be the last time she would carry civilian passengers for many years and the Queen Mary would serve as a troopship during World War II.
After resuming passenger service for nearly two decades and with the increased popularity of air travel, on October 31, 1967, the Queen Mary departed on her final cruise, arriving in Long Beach, California, on December 9, 1967. She has called Southern California her home ever since. The Queen Mary is now a floating Hotel, Attraction and Event & Wedding Venue, home to three world-class restaurants and an icon in Southern California.
The Queen Mary is located at the south end of the 710 Freeway, on the water in Long Beach.
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802-6390
General Information: 877 342-0738
Hotel Reservations: 877-342-0742
Self parking is discounted to $7.50 (from $15.00) for day guests and does not include in and out privileges. Self parking is included for overnight guests. Valet parking is available at $18 per day. Please note that special hotel parking is located adjacent to the entrance of the ship.