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Long Beach California, The Queen Mary

Apr 4, 2008
Long Beach California has always been a vacation getaway favorite for those looking to find original attractions that are not available anywhere else. One of Long Beach's tourist favorites is the Queen Mary. This massive shipped docked just off the coast of Long Beach was once a world war II troop ship and ocean liner that has been retired and now serves as a vacationer dream.

Most assume that the Queen Mary is nothing more or less than a simple opportunity to walk around this historic ship, see the interior, and leave. Actually, you can spend your entire vacation based upon this ship as three decks have been renovated and have become a grand hotel! This majestic ship offers 365 rooms, each one with a unique design and aura about it. You will feel as if you have embarked upon an amazing cruise adventure.

Dining Onboard

You may possibly be wondering about the local fine dining establishments and if you would need to bring food onboard with you. You don't have to leave the ship or pack a lunch for this, or even phone room service for a snack. There are actually six full-scale award-winning restaurants onboard with a wide variety of cuisine to choose from. There is Sir Winston's Restaurant (Continental Cuisine), The Chelsea Restaurant (Seafood), The Promenade Caf' (Various ethnicities), The Observation Bar (Drinks and Snacks), The Champagne Sunday Brunch (Buffet'), and Tibbies Cabaret (Various ethnicities).

Spy-Fi

As far as attractions go, once again, you don't even have to leave the Queen Mary. There are many wonderful attractions onboard that will thrill the whole family. One such attraction is the Spy-Fi. This is a museum type exhibit of spy gadgets that have been used on many spy movies, such as the James Bond series. This will be a fun time for the young children of your family.

Spooked on the Sea

Next, for the paranormal lovers, there is the Ghost and Legends tour. The Queen Mary has had many ghost sightings in the past and now has a popular tour filled with shows and special effects that accent the legends of the ship. You will get to go to parts of the ship that have been closed off to the public otherwise, watch as wet footprints mysteriously appear around an empty swimming pool, see specters swimming in water that isn't even there, and so much more. If the unknown is your cup of tea, you definitely need to take this tour.

Ride the Scorpion

By this point you will have no doubt noticed that there is a submarine docked just off the side of the Queen Mary. This is just another in an endless line of attractions and events. You can take a tour of the Russian Submarine, Scorpion, and see exactly what life was like for the soldiers that lived onboard this cramped uncomfortable atmosphere. This ship was actually used during the Cold War, so this also serves a great experience for the history buffs among you.

The lists of things to do and sights to see go on indefinitely. Who would have thought that there could be a vacation spot where you could enjoy your entire vacation getaway and never once leave the hotel? If, however, you do plan on spending some time in Long Beach, there are thousands of other events and attractions to partake of there also. Either way, you can bet that your best vacation will be spent in Long Beach California.
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