Thursday, November 7

The ship of woods

Functioning portholes!
I know this post is three weeks overdue, but I wanted to share our experiences in California.

Believe it or not, it was my first experience flying in a modern airplane ... and Momma checked me in her luggage! (She had some feeble excuse about her camera bag being her one-and-only carry-on.)

However, once we got to Los Angeles, we checked into the Queen Mary.

Art deco mirror!
What a ship!

We were lucky enough to have a stateroom with a lovely view of Long Beach through the portholes. We were pleased to find they could still be opened so we could enjoy the ocean breezes. (Not many of those in Arizona!)

Momma headed off to attend her friends' wedding and left me to explore our cabin.

Woo hoo!

How they used to heat and cool the rooms.
As previously mentioned, the Queen Mary sailed as a luxury liner (and transport) for 30 years before being purchased by the city of Long Beach, Calif., as a hotel.

Heaters for wimpy American travelers.
Many of the historic elements were left in place as the ship was converted into a stationary hotel.

The 346 original First-Class Staterooms and nine Suites are situated on three decks and all are above sea level and no two rooms are alike. Many of the Staterooms feature the original artwork found on the ship during her heyday, as well as authentic Art Deco built-ins for additional storage.
Brass bars to attach trunks to the wall.

Phew! I'm tired! I'll share more tomorrow!
Electric fans!
Hot and cold fresh and salt water taps.

Our most popular room! Space and luxury are the defining attributes of the Deluxe Stateroom. The preferred choice of first-class travelers back in the day, the Deluxe Stateroom also includes a large built-in headboard with bookshelves, as well as operable portholes. The rich polished wood and Art Deco décor give guests a 1930’s feel without ever sacrificing the convenience of modern amenities. Additionally, several of our King Deluxe Staterooms are on the starboard side and include beautiful Long Beach Harbor views.

Room Amenities:

  • King-size bed (or two Twin beds) with plush pillow-top mattresses
  • Operable portholes
  • Some may include a sitting area with a table and two chairs*
  • 32” LCD flat screen TV with satellite and Pay-Per-View movies
  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Mini-fridge (available upon request for a fee)
  • Relaxing Green Tea & Willow Archive products
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Rollaway bed is available (upon request)
  • Authentic Art Deco mirror and original built-in storage
  • Built-in Art Deco headboard with bookshelf
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