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Since pulling into Long Beach Harbor in 1967, the Queen Mary’s travel days have been confined to history…until now. The eve of December 31st will relaunch the retired ocean-liner to her voyaging days with a one-night world cruise – The Ultimate New Year’s Eve ‘Voyage’. “Passengers” will be transported to the vibrant streets of India, carnival nights in Brazil, the extravagant Moulin Rouge in France, and Times Square in New York before returning to the ship’s beginning, a village in Scotland. For those who’ve dreamed of celebrating the New Year abroad – now you can, without ever leaving Long Beach.

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The sights, sounds, and tastes will transform throughout the night, as the ship’s horn announces the arrival in a new Port of Call. Bombay’s henna, hookah pipes, and spice-filled cuisine will give way to Samba and the brightly feathered dancers of Rio’s Carnival. As one festival ends, the sound of the Rockettes kick off another fete, transporting revelers to a Manhattan state of mind. The skyline fades as the horn signals France and the decks of the Queen Mary overflow with can-can skirts and Kir Royals.

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Fireworks usher in 2014 as the Queen Mary visits its birthplace, Clydebank, Scotland. The Ultimate New Year’s Eve ‘Voyage’ reclaims the Glory Days with an all-night celebration not to be forgotten. “Cruise-goers will be exposed to a world of entertainment and adventure, without ever leaving Long Beach. Music, costumes, cocktails, food, and activities all expertly chosen to create a New Year’s soiree like no other,” says Steve Sheldon, Director of Entertainment Events.

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Tickets for The Ultimate New Year’s Eve ‘Voyage’ begin with the “Tourist Class” boarding pass which includes general admission to the ship’s “Tourist Class” decks, salons and bars, strolling entertainers, live bands, and DJs, plus a party favor and view of the midnight fireworks. Optional upgrades include dinner, bottle service, and New Year’s Day Brunch. Once aboard, cruise-goers can choose from a variety of dining options, including American diner creations, exotic Port’s of Call strolling tastings, an extravagant international buffet, and five-star feasts at Sir Winston’s. Revelers must be 21 and over. Advanced reservations highly recommended.

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Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary features award-winning restaurants, historical attractions, numerous special event salons and 314 staterooms.

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WHAT: Queen Mary’s Ultimate New Year’s Eve ‘Voyage’
WHEN: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 
WHERE: The Queen Mary | 1126 Queens Highway | Long Beach, CA 90802

DETAILS:

  • Tickets: Tourist boarding pass $99 and 1st class boarding pass $199

CONTACT INFO: (877) 342-0738

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Grill masters from around the country will gather at Queen Mary’s Waterfront Events Park to compete for the title of West Coast’s Best BBQ. Let your taste buds rage over which barbecue style is king. Prefer Memphis to Texas or savory to sweet? You be the judge at the 2nd Annual West Coast BBQ Classic!

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The Queen Mary’s 2nd Annual West Coast BBQ Classic is an official California-State-Certified, KCBS-Sanctioned, BBQ Championship sponsored by Jack Daniel’s. Sixty top BBQ Pit Masters from around the country will compete for thousands of dollars in prize money and the opportunity to be crowned as the winner of the coveted “People’s Choice” award, including 2012 Champion All Sauced Up. “We have nearly tripled our competitors this year” said Director of Special Events Steve Sheldon, “Our team registration sold out in record pace. We are thrilled to offer such a vast field of teams this year.”

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Held at the Queen Mary Waterfront Events Park, the event features live bands, a Jack Daniel’s Back Yard Bar, Merchant Market, Kid’s Country including obstacle course, and Adult Lawn Games area with giant beer pong, there will also be a special appearance by The LA King’s Ice Crew.

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West Coasters from near and far are invited to join top pit masters from around the country at this one-day BBQ Championship featuring music by local favorites: Knyght Ryder, The Record Company, and The Shoemaker Brothers.

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Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s Restaurant and Lounge and Chelsea Chowder House and Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon.

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History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Glory Days tour, guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Tea Room. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 314 staterooms including nine full suites.

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Watch a video on the exhibit here.

WHAT: The 2nd Annual West Coast BBQ Classic
WHEN: 
May 11, 2013 | 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
WHERE: The Queen Mary’s Waterfront Events Park | 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach CA 90802

DETAILS:

Tickets

  • $10 online
  • $15 at the door
  • BBQ Tasting tickets $2 each
  • Parking is $10 with event validation 
  • Tickets do not include entry to the ship or attractions

CONTACT INFO: (877) 342-0738

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The Queen Mary extends a royal welcome to a gathering of the clans. Southern California’s premiere Scottish Festival returns to Long Beach! Celebrating twenty years of Highland fun, ScotsFest is a gathering for anyone with an appreciation for Scottish culture and cuisine, highland sports, skirling bagpipes or the aroma of single-malt whisky. The Queen Mary’s dockside promenade will feature whisky tastings sponsored by The Black Grouse, Famous Grouse, The Macallan, The Single Malt, and Highland Park with plenty of haggis, black buns, and porridge to accompany these legendary marques.

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With a Grand Parade, live sheep herding exhibitions, athletic events, sword-dancers, and fiddlers, ScotsFest offers a trip through time and culture for the whole family. Even “wee ones” will be introduced to highland games with potato sack races and archery in the Kids Zone. Enthusiastic visitors travel from as far as Scotland to compete in the International Bag Piping and Scottish Dancing competitions. Amateurs and Professionals are invited to test their skill at darts, piping, dancing, or sport.

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Festival Activities

Competitions 

Athletics, dancing, piping, and darts. Watch competitors battle through a wide array of traditional Scottish events. 

Authentic Food and Beverages 

Have a hankering for some haggis, neeps, and tatties? Not exactly sure what those are? Don’t worry, you’ll experience a variety of authentic Scottish cuisine and whisky and learn all about the culinary traditions that make these foods so unique.

Live Entertainment 

The sounds of Scotland will be providing the soundtrack and will include several pipe bands, drummers, fiddle players, and harpists, as well as more contemporary bands with Scottish flair.

Packages 

With so much do to at ScotsFest the best way to enjoy it is by staying on board the legendary Queen Mary. Check out our special offers, packages, and promotions. Learn more.

Vendors 

Would you like to be a vendor? Do you have a product, good or service you believe fits the theme? 

Clans

Calling all Scottish clans! Share and exhibit your proud heritage from the great land of the Scots.

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Immersion into Scottish entertainment continues as “Rock Yer Kilt” takes center stage from 6 pm – midnight on Saturday with AC/DC tribute band TNT, Wicked Tinkers, Hoist the Colors, Highland Way, The Whooligans, and acoustic band, Sligo Rags.

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The glorious Queen Mary epitomizes a proud Scottish ancestry. Built in the famed John Brown shipyards along the River Clyde, she is Scottish through and through. Once a world-leader in industrial design and manufacture, Scotland’s many shipyards, foundries, and production mills built the ships and trains that linked the global British Empire and helped make the world a smaller village. Now she stands sentinel to the annual two-day ScotsFest, herself a living testimonial to Scottish engineering and the appropriate backdrop to Southern California’s multi-cultural gathering of the clans.

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Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Glory Days tour, guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Tea Room. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a , 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 314 staterooms including nine full suites.

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WHAT: Scottish Festival At The Queen Mary
WHEN: 
February 16 – 17, 2013 | 9 am – 6 pm
WHERE: 1126 Queens Highway | Long Beach, CA 90802

DETAILS: Tickets

CONTACT INFO: (800) 437-2934

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook | Twitter | Yelp

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This October the Queen Mary steams full speed ahead into a harbor of the damned at the annual Dark Harbor Haunted Halloween Event. Join for mazes, live music, food, cocktails and plenty of horrifying surprises that are sure to leave you screaming for more. So enter the haunted harbor after sunset if you dare, because this year’s scare-fest takes on a horrifying new dimension. The ship’s crew have endured this Long Beach Halloween tradition’s unforgettable and macabre makeover at the hands of fright masters long responsible for some of Southern California’s biggest scare-fest. More than 45,000 scares per hour await, along with 225 monsters and 80-foot tall flames.

Mazes

Enter the mazes of Dark Harbor and you’re walking into the best haunted mazes in Los Angeles. To enter this port of purgatory, you maneuver through a fog-filled tunnel of cargo containers concealing monsters. You emerge at the foot of Hell’s Bells Tower, a 50 foot tall tower of 11 cargo containers shooting 80-foot flames into the night sky. This is the centerpiece of Dark Harbor and is assembled each year with the help of longshoremen from the Port of Long Beach. So enter one of their six haunted mazes if you dare, they’ll leave you screaming for more!

Live Music

Their scares aren’t the only thing that makes them one of the best Halloween events in Los Angeles. Grab a drink in their Night Mariners Bar and enjoy live music from local bands, but don’t think you are safe, their monsters roam every inch or Dark Harbor.

Little Monsters Ball

Looking for some family fun this Halloween? Parents – bring your little monsters down for this special event featuring  Trick-or-Treating, Face Painting, and special entertainment – just for kids. Bring the little ones dressed in their Halloween costumes and compete for terrific prizes in the Kid’s Costume Contest! At only $5.00 per person, you are sure to have a great and safe Halloween at the Little Monsters Ball.

October, 31 2012 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

Halloween Costume Ball

Join for Dark Harbor’s first ever Costume Ball! Unlike other Halloween attractions, you can wear your scariest costume at the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor on Halloween night only.

The haunted festivities will include:

  • Costume party and contest – your peers will vote for the best costume. You could win prizes valued at $1,000!
  • Drag show – grab a drink and enjoy the show.
  • Dance Party – One of the hottest DJ’s will be spinning at our long-awaited dance party.

October 31, 2012 | 7:00 pm – 12:00 am

WHAT: The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor
WHERE: 1126 Queens Highway | Long Beach, CA 90802
WHEN: October 5 – 7, 12 – 14, 18 – 21, 25 – 28, and 31, 2012 | 7:00 pm – 12:00 am

CONTACT INFO: (877) 342-0738

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Long Beach is one giant playground located right in the heart of Southern California. The city hosts to a number of events and serves as a hub for maritime commerce and entertainment. Here you can experience it all from a deep sea adventure at the Aquarium of the Pacific right on the bay and a voyage in time aboard the historic Queen Mary to lively guided tours through downtown and the colorful East Village. Visit the Long Beach Harbor and learn its history, as well as see the beautiful Long Beach skyline, California Sea Lions playing in the harbor, large cargo and container ships from all over the world, and much more.

The Harbor’s Evolution From Mud-Flats To Worldport

In 1542 Portuguese Navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovered a small backwater of mud flats, which he named the “Bay of Smokes.” He could not have dreamed of the transformation his discovery would undergo in the future. It was to become the Port of Los Angeles. Situated 5,000 miles from the UK, 35 miles from Hollywood, and 20 miles from Disneyland, it is now known as “Worldport LA“. With a total of 3,700 land-acres, and the same figure over water, it combines the ports of San Pedro, Wilmington, and Long Beach. Read more here.

Harbor Breeze Cruises

Harbor Breeze Cruises has been providing public Whale Watching, Worldport, and charter cruises for over 18 years. Their experienced Captains provide a comprehensive narration about the characteristics of each cruise. They also offer whale watching tours, private dinner cruises, wedding receptions, company events, and more.

Their double-deck 65 foot, 149 passenger sightseeing vessels are US Coast Guard inspected and certified safe, and are complete with seating, snack bar, lavatories, salon, and plenty of outside viewing room for everyone. Join on one of their Whale Watching cruises and they’ll provide you one of the most exciting and entertaining experiences available.

Narrated Sightseeing Cruises

Situated on Ports O’ Call, the former San Pedro-Terminal Island ferry building now houses the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. It boasts a great collection of models, memorabilia, paintings, and an excellent souvenir shop. Ports O’ Call Village is a wonderful tourist area at the side of the San Pedro Channel with over one hundred restaurants and shops to choose from. The restaurants run the length of the village, with excellent food to suit all tastes.

Long Beach after dark is a world like no other–filled with scintillating salsa, sultry jazz, classic rock n’ roll and some of the leading sounds on the alternative scene. From Latin clubs to jazz and cigar lounges, Long Beach is the hotbed of grooves and tunes to light up the night. Whether you’re downtown, in the East Village or in Belmont Shore, there’s always a hot band, sizzling hangout or smokin’ dance floor ready to show you the time of your life.

WHAT: Long Beach Harbor Tours
WHEN: Monday – Friday at 12:30 pm, 1:45 pm, 3:15 pm, 4:45 pm, and Saturday – Sunday from 11:30 am – 6:15 pm, departing every 45mins.
WHERE: Rainbow Harbor | 100 Aquarium Way Dock #2 | Long Beach, CA 90802

CONTACT INFO: (562) 432-4900 or harborbreezecruises@gmail.com

DETAILS:

  • Adults are only $35, Seniors $25, Children under 12 are $18, and Children under 5 ride the boat for FREE

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