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Long Beach's Queen Mary Launches Haunted Encounters

From its beautiful art deco-salons to its darkest hallways the Queen Mary has been a constant source for stories, articles and documentaries about supernatural sightings and other unexplained occurrences aboard the vessel. Testimonials from passengers and crew members continue to be reported - all seeking answers to what they've experienced.

Guided and Self-Guided Tours
Since opening to the public nearly 40 years ago, the historic Queen Mary has offered guided and self-guided tours primarily during daytime hours. Modern-day passengers can now book twilight and late night tours.

The Twilight Historical Tour and the Paranormal Ship Walk Tour begin in the A Deck Lobby Lounge with a complimentary glass of champagne. Similar to the daytime behind-the-scenes tour, the Twilight Historical Tour has been expanded by adding the Queen Mary art gallery and the first-class swimming pool to its list of stops. It is offered Thursday through Sunday evenings and is limited to 30 people. An admission fee is charged.

A New Perspective of Life Aboard the Queen Mary
Formerly offered only as part of the Sir Winston's restaurant Dining with the Spirits dinner and tour, the Paranormal Ship Walk Tour, is now available as a stand-alone. Groups of 20 people or less can participate in an authentic ghost exploration of the Queen Mary's famous hot spots not accessible to the general public.

Guests are told to expect the unexpected on this intense tour. Various forms of unnatural happenings have been documented including inexplicable audible sounds, smells, temperature changes and, occasionally, visual activity. This two-hour tour is offered Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings.

Dining with the Spirits is featured only on Saturday evenings and begins with fine dining in the ship's award-winning Sir Winston's restaurant. The evening’s guide dines with the party, sharing stories and conversation. Following dinner, guests set out on the two-hour Paranormal Ship Walk Tour. Seats are limited and reservations are required. A per person price includes dinner, tour, tax, gratuity and parking. Alcoholic beverages are sold separately.

The Paranormal Investigation is designed for those who wish to delve deeper into this world. Led by medium Erika Frost, guests will be given guided meditation and ghost hunting equipment, the tools-of-the-trade for unlocking the haunted mysteries aboard the Queen Mary. This exclusive, two-hour tour, limited to just six participants, is offered the first and third Fridays of every month and begins in the Hotel Lobby Lounge on A Deck at the stroke of midnight. Sorry, there's no champagne to dull the wits for this scary encounter.

Nighttime Activities

Other nighttime activities aboard the Queen Mary include the comedy club, cabaret and dinner theater and late-night, live, light-hearted burlesque.

Launched in 1934 with the maiden voyage following in 1936, the Queen Mary captured the imagination of the public and came to represent the spirit of an era that was characterized by elegance and style. During her career, she has played many roles - from elegant ocean liner to World War II troopship. Now permanently docked in Long Beach Harbor, yet still afloat, her operation and preservation are entrusted to a non-profit corporation.

Tour reservations are suggested. Walk-ups are welcome on a space-available; go to the Attractions at Night desk in the Hotel Queen Mary Lobby on A Deck.

Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
(south end of the 710 Freeway)
Long Beach, CA
(562) 435-3511

Photos Courtesy: Queen Mary at night - Queen Mary Photo; First-Class Passenger Swimming Pool - Queen Mary Photo; Ghosts and Legends Tour - Queen Mary Photo; and Engine Room - Queen Mary Photo.