on March 29, 2001
The Queen Mary is docked in Long Beach, and operates as a hotel. You can also tour this think, for $17 on your own, and more if you take a guided tour. It's also $8 to park. But I thought it was worth the bucks. This ship is HUGE! You start off by entering the lower area of the ship, and it is worth it to watch an introductory movie. The history of the ship as the ultimate ocean liner, as well as a busy troop carrier, is explained. Then you get to visit the Engine Room, which is really a treat. The ship was incredibly engineered. After this section, you walk and escalate to the upper portions of the ships. You see all of the formerly functioning areas - a quarantine area, the different levels, a simulated dining area, simulations of the hospital, even an old exercise area. There area several places (too many) to get food, drinks, and souvenirs on board. I spent three hours here. It may be a bit much for the little tourists.
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