By: E.M. Fredric
Photos by E.M. Fredric
LONG BEACH, CA (The Hollywood Times) 11/26/18 – Queen Mary Christmas has an all-new one-of-a-kind holiday adventure filled with festive activities, live entertainment, and nostalgic pleasure aboard the historic vessel filled with maritime history that began on Friday, November 23rd and runs through Sunday, January 6th, 2019.
Upon arrival you’ll be given a program complete with event times and locations to make your visit as joyful and stress-free as possible.
Before you step aboard the glorious vessel, take some photos on the red carpet and take advantage of the beauty of the holiday presence you can see from the dock.
The 80-foot Christmas tree of lights can be seen on the bow that boasts over 45,000 LED lights.
Snowflakes and other images are projected on the ship’s exterior in Dark Harbor.
Multi-colored lights move in flickering waves above your head as you make headway down the open decks on various levels of the ship.
We dashed to see the 4-D screening of Polar Express – prepare to get a little wet in this delightful experience of the popular Christmas tale that reminds us that if we lose the child within we lose the magic and belief of all things St. Nick. Snow will be in the air. Nearby ornaments can be made those small or tall.
We went to dinner at Chelsea Chowder house with a view of the city’s skyline across the water. There are several dining options and the Observation Bar is decorated where you can get appetizers and rest your feet if tired. Christmas trees are everywhere. It’s on the Holiday Promenade along with shops, a café, treat shops and more.
You can have breakfast with Santa on certain days or three-course dinners and musical show with American Bombshells and Holiday Follies on selected dates you can find on the website.
You’ll be transformed by the holiday classic shows or as the vintage carolers and bellhops sing while strolling the ship.
The newest edition is daily ice skating at True North Ice Rink. The skates come in full sizes – if you’re a half-size like me, go up a number for a better fit (8½ to 9 for example). The rink is not that large but it’s a test to see if you can stay on your feet without hitting your bum on the ice – that’s the point! Everyone is giddy up there so beware the flying skate blades!
We made our way to the Gingerbread Village where it’s not a bad idea to bring a packet of wet towelettes to cleanse what’s left of the sugary icing off of your fingers. Creating a gingerbread house isn’t as easy as it looks but the good news is – you can eat it if you get frustrated. I did.
Then off to design our own stockings which is also located in Santa’s Captain’s Quarters. There are helpers to hot-glue your chosen items onto your sock of color.
The Big Blue Photo Booth is there for professional shots on Santa’s lap.
It’s a vibrant room and filled with the heart of this Christmas event. St. Nick himself. Not far is stories with Mrs. C for the little ones.
We took in the historic Princess Diana exhibit as part of our holiday feast. We browsed room after room filled with royal history and large sections dedicated to the late beloved Princess and Royal Family.
The spirit of Christmas is infectious and always heard best through the squeals of children – so become one of them for your journey in a season of yester-year to become a memory with those you love most or go with your friends. Good fun can be had by all… and to all… a magnificent day into Christmas night! The holidays have set sail on the Queen Mary!
Calendar of events and tickets: https://www.queenmary.com/events/upcoming-events/
You can also get discounted tickets to help the family budget at:
Queen Mary boasts 347 staterooms including nine suites. For more information or for reservations, visit www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.