The Queen Mary
The majestic QUEEN MARY SM offers you the chance to step back in time aboard one of the most famous ocean liners in history. Going back to the days where steamships were the quickest and most elegant way to travel, THE QUEEN MARY was the first choice for the elite of high society. Today, you can journey back in time and enjoy the authentic and unique experience offered at our Long Beach hotel and attraction.
The Queen Marys story is rich with history, elegance and grandeur. From the time her construction began in 1930 in Clydebank, Scotland, she was destined to stand in a class all her own. Upon her Maiden Voyage in 1936 the Queen Mary was considered the grandest ship ever built and the elite of high society considered her the only civilized way to travel. From celebrities like Fred Astaire to dignitaries such as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, she carried some of the worlds most renowned personalities and political leaders.
In 1939, at the start of the World War II, the Queen Mary was drafted into service and outfitted as a troopship. Deemed the Grey Ghost due to her new camouflaged grey exterior, she joined the Allied Forces and played a crucial role in their success. When the war ended, she was restored to her former glory and continued passenger service. In 1966, with the growing popularity of travel by plane, Cunard announced the Queen Mary for sale and closed bidding began. The winning bid was $3.45 million dollars and thus began the ships transition and new journey to her new home in Long Beach, California.
Learn more about the Queen Marys history or explore the Queen Mary in Long Beach today by taking a tour of the ship with our interactive map.