Long Beach, California – The Queen Mary is a historic ocean liner that is permanently docked in Long Beach, California. Built in the 1930s, the ship served as a troopship during World War II and was later converted into a luxury liner. Since her retirement from the sea as an active liner in 1967, construction has begun to convert the former ocean liner into a floating hotel and tourist attraction.
Today, the Queen Mary is a popular tourist attraction, offering guests the chance to explore the ship’s staterooms, exhibits, and events. It is also a popular venue for weddings and other special events.
The COVID-19 pandemic was the initial reason for the Queen Mary’s closure in 2020. Since then, the Queen Mary has not been open to the public again. The tourist attraction needed to be fixed because it had gotten into bad shape over the years.
But officials announced the ship’s closure ends today, and the RMS Queen Mary will once again welcome visitors. The City of Long Beach will offer free tours to the public as a thank you to the community for its support and patience during the closure. The Queen Mary’s Promenade Deck and breathtaking views of the downtown Long Beach shoreline will be available to visitors as part of a free guided tour that will last for one hour.
“I am thrilled to welcome visitors back onboard the Queen Mary and share the beauty and history of this landmark with our community once again. I thank our City staff for their dedication throughout the critical repairs process to ensure the ship’s safety and preservation,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.
Visitors must make a reservation in order to participate in a tour. Visit longbeach.gov/qmtours for further details, such as tour dates and times, as well as links to sign up.