This week, we are joining Sheri Levitt on her gypsy travels to experience the retired ocean liner permanently docked at Long Beach Harbor – RMS Queen Mary.
The RMS Queen Mary is a retired ocean liner that sailed primarily on the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard Line - known as Cunard-White Star Line when the vessel entered service. Built by John Brown & Company in Clydebank, Scotland, Queen Mary, along with RMS Queen Elizabeth, were built as part of Cunard's planned two-ship weekly express service between Southampton, Cherbourg and New York. The two ships were a British response to the express superliners built by German, Italian and French companies in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Queen Mary was the flagship of the Cunard Line from May 1936 until October 1946 when she was replaced in that role by Queen Elizabeth. - Wikipedia
Last year for Thanksgiving, me and my mom went with a senior travel group (I went as my mom’s helper) to the Queen Mary. We spent a couple of nights there. The ship is a nice place to go for a day trip, but to stay for a night or two might be too long for the more comfort-liking people. It’s an old ship, so it doesn’t have a lot of modern things, like air condition for the rooms.
This was my bed in our room. It was a small single bunk but, surprisingly, I didn’t fall out of it. lol
These are portholes in our room – they are open because the room was so warm. It made you appreciate even more the things we take for granted in our homes nowadays.
I explored a lot while on the ship. Plenty of Art Deco and vintage elements from back then can be found all over the whole place.
The hallways were all decorated for the holiday. They are very spacious and a great place for a cool morning stroll.
This is a replica of the children’s playroom; it is located in the first class section of the liner.
The original artwork on the walls is from the 2nd and 3rd class playrooms.
A beautifully preserved Art Deco design that can be found in Queen’s Salon. It is called “Unicorns in Battle” by A. Oakley and G. Bayes and is a large gesso panel which frames the curved onyx fireplace below.
There are plenty more of pieces like this one in the common rooms of the ship.
At the other end of the room, directly over the stage is M. Lamberts bronze-relief panel entilted ‘Symphony’.
Bling out lamp. It was so beautiful and shiny that I had to take a picture of it.
Queen Mary had a Kosher kitchen and a Kosher pantry. These are some of the Kosher dishes that are on display.
This is in the lobby of the ship. The Christmas Tree and Teddy Bear attendant are both so cute.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay on HMS Queen Mary. And so did my mom.
– Sheri –