RMS Queen Mary the Queen of Long Beach!
When we vacation in California, we are always looking for places we do not know yet. The RMS Queen Mary has been on our program for some time, but we have never been able to visit it before. Once again, when we wanted to do a family outing along the coast with our family, we chose the Queen of Long Beach. The former British ocean giant, which struck the Atlantic for 31 years, has been anchored in the harbor of Long Beach since 1967 and is considered a tourist attraction.
The first ride of the RMS Queen Mary was on May 27, 1936!
The RMS Queen Mary, built in Scotland in the early 1930s, was bigger and faster then its predecessor, the Titanic. She was the most luxurious way to travel in those years, with more than 300 meters in length, 12 decks and elaborate Art Deco interior design.
Statesmen such as Winston Churchill and Robert Kennedy enjoyed the ride in the unique environment on this ship. Celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn, Bob Hope, and Elizabeth Taylor also strolled over their decks.
For three decades she brought the rich and famous across the Atlantic in great luxury. Now the Queen Mary is resting in the harbor of Long Beach, and is a well-known tourist attraction.
Luxury hotel with great views!
Of course you can visit this historic ship and enjoy the atmosphere of the past in one of the many restaurants on board. Just close your eyes and imagine crossing the ocean with this ship.
You can book a sightseeing tour, which we did not do because of our little grandson. Many areas of the ship, such as decks or restaurants with the normal ticket, are freely accessible. We preferred to enjoy from the deck, the beautiful view of Long Beach and the surroundings of the ship.
RMS Queen Mary is an impressive luxury hotel!
Today, the ship serves as a luxury hotel with very comfortable cabins where you can spend a night or your vacation. There are many events such as balls, or theme nights such as for Halloween offered and you can even celebrate wedding there. Of course, always provided you have the necessary change, because luxury is well known to have its price.
The RMS Queen Mary is very impressive and you get a bit of Titanic feeling with their luxury and charm. The next time we will definitely do the tour offered, to learn more about this ship.
Aquarium of the Pacific!
Afterwards we visited the Aquarium of the Pacific with our grandson, which is very close by and with its approx. 12,500 animals is really worth seeing. It is known for its large number of huge pools of sharks, rays and other large fish.
A highlight not only for children are the pampering. In these sea creatures cavort like bright starfish, sea urchins, anemones, sharks, penguins and other sea creatures. Many even baby sharks can even be touched.
Of course that was much more interesting to Noah than the big ship and he did not want to go home.