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PostSubject: Queen Mary Long Beach. CA   Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:08 pm

Ginny and I are staying on the Queen Mary prior to a cruise
on the Pacific Princess any thoughts?

PS. Ron Rocks we are going on the haunted tour as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Queen Mary Long Beach. CA   Sun Feb 22, 2009 1:43 pm

Having dinner in the Queens room, dancing ?
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PostSubject: Re: Queen Mary Long Beach. CA   Sun Feb 22, 2009 1:49 pm

Go with an open mind Pete, reviews are hit and miss on the hotel. The tours are great as is the museum.

I think Princess leaves from San Pedro though, doesn't it? It's about a 10-15 minute drive from Long Beach.
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PostSubject: Re: Queen Mary Long Beach. CA   Sun Feb 22, 2009 1:58 pm

Is the Spruce Goose still there nearby under that enormous white dome ?
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PostSubject: Re: Queen Mary Long Beach. CA   Sun Feb 22, 2009 2:36 pm

lordoftime wrote:
Is the Spruce Goose still there nearby under that enormous white dome ?

No - It got moved up to Oregon or Washington, can't remember which.

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PostSubject: Re: Queen Mary Long Beach. CA   Sun Feb 22, 2009 2:45 pm

Actually we are going on the Golden Princess, not the Pacific Princess. Wink

JJ I have heard and read the mixed reviews.... the consensus seems to be that is it is "the world's worst hotel on the world's greatest liner". I guess we are wondering just how bad is the "worst hotel" part of it.
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PostSubject: Re: Queen Mary Long Beach. CA   Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:02 pm

Ginny, I haven't stayed there just toured it, probably read the same reviews as you have. Just remember the age of the ship and go for the nostalgia of it.
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PostSubject: Re: Queen Mary Long Beach. CA   Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:35 pm

I love old marine architecture so seeing the ship will be enough.
The fact we are staying overnight is a bonus. We shall dine onboard
if it is possible. We will post a review as soon as we return. I love
museum ships and having the Mary around makes me wish the
Olympic or Mauretania had been saved.

Speaking of liner history we are spending almost a Trillion or so dollars
on the economy couldn't some of that money be used to refurbish
the SS United States?
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PostSubject: Re: Queen Mary Long Beach. CA   Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:27 pm

In your review if you dine there could you note how the music / dancing is ? lots of people ? dressy affair etc ?
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PostSubject: Re: Queen Mary Long Beach. CA   Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:35 pm

Absolutely, we shall.
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PostSubject: Re: Queen Mary Long Beach. CA   Sun Feb 22, 2009 11:57 pm

There are several restaurants on board. Here is the link to them:

http://www.queenmary.com/index.php?page=dining

We just ate at the Promenade cafe, which was fine. Sir Winston's is supposed to be very good though.

If you have more than one night, I would also go over to Parker's Lighthouse in Shoreline village, great views of the Queen Mary and really great food. The top of the lighthouse is more casual, and you don't need reservations. Also over in San Pedro next to the cruise terminal is the Lane Victory which you can tour, and also a Maritime museum on the other side of the terminal in Ports O'call village.
http://www.lanevictory.org/tours.htm
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PostSubject: Re: Queen Mary Long Beach. CA   Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:18 am

Thank You, I will.
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