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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Our Family's Visit to the Queen Mary

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The Queen Mary is not only a step back in time and history but also a day of full of adventure and family fun! The Queen Mary is a cruisliner ship from the Golden Age of sea travel and is a must for anyone that has ever been interested in that time or the Titanic. My kids really enjoyed looking at the differences between the Queen and the infamous sunken ship. The Queen Mary is larger than the Titanic and of course made many more cross-Atlantic journeys 1,001 more to be exact as the Titanic never arrived. You can see many comparative facts HERE.

There have been many famous guests over the years. It was exciting for my kids to see that Walt Dusney had been on the deck that looked exactly like where they were standing.

We took the historic tour with a fabulous and extremely knowledgable guide, James. He was entertaining and the kids were interested the entire time. We didn't do any of the night or paranormal tours because my youngest was scared. My son was intrigued by those haunted stories but we did not want to split up.

After the tour, we were on our own and that time proved to be more fun than we anticipated. There are very few restrictions on where visitors can go.  Our family explored different areas of the ship from bow to stern, deck to deck. We saw the bridge, infirmary,  guest rooms, the stacks, lifeboats, captain's quarters, engine room, the inside of an old fashioned red telephone booth and even looked out across to Long Beach!

Part of the current exhibit includes LEGO blocks!  The Queen Mary has a model LEGO version on the Promenade Deck and there are stations were creations of your own can be made. The kids will be interested and entertained.

After climbing all those deck stairs, we were hungry. The Queen Mary offers different dining options. There are special brunches, tea room, Chelsea Chowder House and Bar, Sir Winston's and the Promenade Cafe. We opted for the lunch options at the promenade cafe with a water view. The ship even houses a Starbucks where I got my coffee to go investigate more of this historic attraction.

Shopping for nautical themed and historic items as well as wine is all available on the Promenade Deck.

There are so many exciting things to do aboard the ship- seasonal and new! Chill is a holiday adventure The giant dome- once home to the legendary Spruce Goose - will be frozen over and transformed into a giant igloo and home to The Ice Kingdom – an awe-inspiring 13,000 sq ft walk-thru exhibit featuring larger-than-life ice creations some towering over 2.5 stories tall and made using over two million pounds of ice. But don’t forget to grab a parka and gloves – temperatures drop to a numbing 9-degrees inside the Ice Kingdom. SEE DATES AND BUY TICKETS

There is a new 4-D movie theatre on board! Feel the rock and bump of every action scene, smell the roses of a blossoming romance and get tickled by antics from your favorite animated characters…literally.The theatre will screen THE POLAR EXPRESS this holiday season! More info HERE.

This is a really fun day trip from Orange County Anaheim (Disneyland), San Diego or Legoland area. Make sure to allow enough time to really see many of the things this giant beauty has to offer- 3 hour minimum without the additional seasonal attractions. If your planning a trip to theme parks or the beach in Southern California add The Queen Mary to your vacation. You can even spend the night on the ship,  which we are hoping to do on our next visit! 

Take a peek at this amazing gem in Long Beach, California!

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