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CHILL At The Queen Mary

November 21, 2014 — Leave a comment

The Queen Mary will once again be overtaken by a deep freeze for the third annual CHILL, opening on November 21st. Experience the frozen magic that will bring holiday celebration, wonderment, and North Pole temperatures to families across sunny Southern California.

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An experience like no other, CHILL transforms over two million pounds of sparkling ice into larger than life hand carved colorful ice sculptures in the 14,000 square-foot Igloo called The Ice Kingdom, located inside the Queen Mary’s Dome, formerly home to the legendary Spruce Goose. The Ice Kingdom will feature a California holiday theme complete with breaking waves, dancing dolphins, and a Surfing Santa. Frozen scenes from The Nutcracker will adorn The Ice Kingdom with walk-through castles and sugar plum fairies. Get lost in the life size candy cane forest, explore the penguin village, and slip down three ice slides off of a 30’ high replica of The Queen Mary.

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Each ice exhibit is meticulously hand carved and created by an international team of expert ice sculptures from Harbin, China and enhanced with LED lighting to create a visually awing experience like no other.The Ice Kingdom is kept at a frosty nine degrees Fahrenheit to preserve the ice and guests will receive parkas to help protect against the frozen temperatures.

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CHILL welcomes back ice tubing with six lanes of glistening ice slides standing two stories tall and 100-feet long in front of The Ice Kingdom. Ice skate under the stars on the 6,000 square-foot ice skating rink with a view of the picturesque Queen Mary ship. A holiday village will offer gingerbread houses, holiday carolers, the decoration adorned Candy Lane, and a visit with Santa Claus. The world’s largest rocking horse and snowman bounce house will provide holiday merriment for all guests young at heart.

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CHILL is a truly unique holiday experience that brings the cold festive weather of other areas right here to sunny Southern California,” commented Steve Sheldon, director of entertainment events at The Queen Mary. “Stepping into the Ice Kingdom immediately puts you in the holiday spirit.”

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CHILL will also feature nightly live entertainment, movies under the stars, and festive food and beverages. Lodging packages are also available. CHILL sponsors include The Port of Long Beach, Hawaiian Host, YP, Coca-Cola, Heineken, and Finlandia. 

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WHAT: CHILL At The Queen Mary
WHEN: November 21, 2014 – January 11, 2014
WHERE: 1126 Queens Highway | Long Beach, CA 90802

DETAILS:

  • Tickets: $39.99 for adults and $29.99 for kids (ages 4-11)

CONTACT INFO: (877) 342–0738

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The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor will rise from the haunted bows of a rich, torrid history to scare all those who dare this Halloween season beginning October 2 through November 2. Dark Harbor is pleased to unveil two brand new mazes, Soulmate and B340, and an Exclusive Encounter unlike any other haunted experience onboard the infamous cruise liner.

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Graceful Gale was the belle of The Queen Mary in the 1930s. As a beautiful first class passenger Gale charmed her way across the ship’s dance floor regularly until mysteriously disappearing on her final passage in 1939. The new Soulmate maze will take over the former location of the Containment maze and bring to life the haunted spirit of the frightful Graceful Gale. The story of Gale will unravel as her true spirit is revealed and those who dare will realize that Gale may not be as graceful as she appeared, but in fact is more monstrous than ever imagined. Gale will haunt The Queen Mary in order to lure suitors into her possession. Once she captures their hearts she will have her adoring minions cut them up and reassemble them to create her “perfect mate.” But Gale isn’t so easy to please and only a few creatures are suitable enough to be her dance partner. The rest of the rejects are doomed and outcast to haunt the Queen at night.

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On a 1948 Atlantic voyage, third class Queen Mary passenger, Samuel, was locked away in room B340 after a violent outburst. After hours of isolation, crew found Samuel in his room, violently ripped apart. Murdered or self-induced suicide, no one knows. B340 is a new maze through Samuel the Savage’s schizophrenic journey of isolated decent into insanity. Travel through his warped mind literally and figuratively, ultimately reaching the final resting place, but only after visitors navigate a mirage of virtual B340s. Samuel is on the loose, he’s dangerous and completely out of his mind. Through his maze you may lose your own mind and find it impossible to escape.

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The new Exclusive Encounters on board the Queen Mary will take a very limited number of thrill seekers on a terrifying top secret paranormal journey through the depths of the ship that have never been open to Dark Harbor guests before. Those who dare to voyage on an Encounter will be so brave they will have to sign their life away and hope that they return safely to land.

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The Monster Midway, Freakshow, Mechanical Monster, The Ringmaster, and all of the terrifying spirits of the Queen will return for the horror amidst freaks, food, and live entertainment.

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The terror begins October 2 and runs for 20 haunted evenings through November 2 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, and lodging packages available. Season passes are also an option for optimal adrenaline seekers. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor.

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WHAT: The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor 
WHEN: 
October 2 – November 2 | 7:00 pm – midnight
WHERE: 
1126 Queens Highway | Long Beach, CA 90802

DETAILS:

  • Tickets: start at $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, and lodging packages available

CONTACT INFO: (877) 342-0738

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The Queen Mary lights up Labor Day weekend with Shoreline Jam August 30–31, followed by the sixth-annual Long Beach Funk Fest on September 1. Shoreline Jam’s new two-day festival format offers even more live music to fill the Labor Day holiday weekend at the Queen Mary’s Waterfront Event Park.

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Saturday, August 30 is led by The Dirty Heads, hot off the release of their acclaimed new album Sound of Change. The band’s fusion of rock, hip-hop, and reggae earned them a No. 1 single on The Billboard Alternative Chart and a global fan base. The Dirty Heads take the stage at 10:00 pm, preceded by roots rock sensation Stick Figure at 8:30 pm and the critically acclaimed independent hip-hop duo The Grouch & Eligh at 7:00 pm. The Aggrolites’ high-energy dirty reggae will take the stage at 5:30 pm, C Money and The Players will perform at 4:00, The Originalites at 2:30 pm, Krooked Treez at 1:15 pm, and Brewfish will kick off the first day of the festival at 12:00 pm.

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On Sunday, August 31, Shoreline Jam continues with world-renowned reggae rockers, Pepper returning to the festival to headline day two at 10:00 pm, preceded by the upbeat reggae stylings of Collie Buddz at 8:15 pm. J Boog returns to Shoreline Jam with his irresistible soul-reggae at 6:45 pm, along with fellow returning act Seedless at 5:15 pm. The Expanders will take the stage at 3:45 pm, Ethan Tucker at 2:15 pm, The Simpkin Project at 12:45 pm, and Jet West will start the day at 12:00 pm.

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The Long Beach Funk Fest will continue the outdoor celebration on Monday, September 1 with a groove-fueled tradition of music known for getting people on their feet. The lineup boasts George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic headlining the sixth-annual event. The funk icon will be joined on stage by the best funk artists available including Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Katdelic, The Meters Experience featuring Leo Nocentelli, Delta Nove, Brasil Baile Funk with Gisella, Sea Funk Brass Band, MC Rickey Vincent, and more. Live art, dance, and the Kid’s Zone of Funkativity will also be returning to the event.

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Shoreline Jam single day, general admission tickets are $25 in advance and $35 day of the event and are on sale now. Single day VIP tickets are available for $75 in advance and $100 day of the event. Long Beach Funk Fest single day, general admission tickets are on sale now and start at $15 in advance and $20 day of the event. Single day VIP tickets are $45 in advance and $75 day of the event.

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WHAT: The Queen Mary Shoreline Jam And Long Beach Funk Fest
WHEN:
August 30 – September 1, 2014 
WHERE: The Queen Mary | 1126 Queens Highway | Long Beach, CA 90802

DETAILS: 

CONTACT INFO: Tickets info – (877) 342-0742 or tickets@queenmary.com | Event info (562) 499-1771 or events@queenmary.com

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Celebrate an All-American 4th of July aboard the Queen Mary. Choose your favorite era of Independence to salute or stroll from decade to decade with the entire ship as your playground.

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Listen to live music, learn your favorite American jig, and lounge all day enjoying family-friendly activities. With a giant fireworks extravaganza and unforgettable family fun, 4th of July aboard the Queen Mary is the ultimate Southern California tradition.

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WHAT: All-American 4th Of July 
WHEN:
Friday, July 4, 2014 | 12:00 – 11:00 pm
WHERE: 
1126 Queens Highway | Long Beach, CA 90802

DETAILS:

CONTACT INFO: (562) 499-1771

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The Queen Mary presents the annual ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXI!  Guests will catch a glimpse of Scotland’s rich culture by  watching world champions compete for reigning titles, or testing their own might and skill during novice demonstrations and contests.

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Eighty-three years ago, in a small seaside town in Scotland called Clydebank, construction began on the RMS Queen Mary. Exemplifying the fine craftsmanship of Scotland, the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy is undeniable. The ship’s glorious heritage is celebrated annually with a two-day festival honoring her Scottish roots.

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The Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival showcases nearly fifty Scottish clans and vendors amidst a weekend of spirited professional and amateur competitions in piping, drumming, massed bands, darts, Highland dancing, and athletics. Scottish Highland Games, a pre-cursor to the Olympic Games, were designed to test the strength, skill and technique of ancient warriors by face offs in stones, hammer throw, weights for distance, weight over bar, sheaf and the famed caber toss.

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Weekend festivities kick off with a Grand Parade and Address to the Haggis and include Border Collie sheep-herding, firing demonstrations, and historic re-enactments daily. Adult guests can partake in whisky tasting sessions with aged malt experts, and craft beer samplings while the wee laddies and lassies bear witness to Queen Mary’s coronation, knighting ceremonies, and even take part in wee Highland games. Saturday night’s “Rock YerKilt” concert features the best Scottish Rock & Celtic bands around.

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“The annual ScotsFestival and Highland Games is a truly unique event that pays homage to the Queen Mary’s storied history,” commented Steve Sheldon, Director of Entertainment Events at Queen Mary. “It gives visitors a chance to experience Scotland’s finest right here in Long Beach.”

About the Queen Mary

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 14 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms including nine full suites.

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WHAT: ScotsFestival And International Highland Games XXI
WHEN: February 15 and 16, 2014 | 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
WHERE:
The Queen Mary | 1126 Queens Highway | Long Beach, CA 90802

DETAILS:

  • Tickets: $8 online ($12 at the door) for guests age 4-11 and $18 online ($22 at the door) for guests age 12+

CONTACT INFO: (800) 437-2934

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The Queen Mary will celebrate America with a unique take on the classic July 4th holiday by highlighting the best of traditional American entertainment decade by decade. Throughout the day, the air will fill with the sounds of Big Band, Swing, Pop, and Rock while the decks become alive with vintage style entertainment, live performance acts, and summer games. In honor of Independence Day, uniformed Active Duty Military men and women will be admitted free of charge.

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They are transforming all decks of the ship into a ‘time machine,’ with each new era marked by a change in music and programming. Guests will reminisce Independence Day in bygone eras while still being able to enjoy today’s popular music and entertainment. Fun for the whole family.

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Beginning at noon, the iconic Long Beach attraction will throwback to the last century with a take on The Golden Age, which coincides with the ‘hey-day of transatlantic travel.’ This period is of special significance to The Queen Mary which embarked upon its Maiden Voyage during the 1930s. Amusement and entertainment will include a stilt-walking Uncle Sam, Bingo and golden era games and characters, the Lil’ Big Band, a barbershop quartet, and will conclude with the not-to-be-missed California Foot Stompers.

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The mid-century celebration kicks up its heels with vintage games and entertainment from the Andrew Sisters to the Pointer Sisters, concluding with a Beatles Tribute Band. Popular area DJs will spin Disco grooves and tail-shakers from the 70s, 80s and 90s, while date-appropriate games, amusements, libations, and treats are served up. The session concludes with the Mike Vitale Band performing favorites of the period.

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The festive spirit of activities, touring, dining, shopping, and dancing will crescendo with one of the most highly touted 4th of July Firework displays in Southern California. And bringing the Independence Day celebration to close, guests can exercise their freedom of choice to wind down with a patriotic movie under the stars on the open air Sports Deck or to rev up under the musical spell of local DJs.

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WHAT: Queen Mary Presents All-American 4th Of July Celebration
WHEN:
Thursday, July 4, 2013 | 12:00 – 11:00 pm
WHERE:
The Queen Mary | 1126 Queens Highway | Long Beach, CA 90802

DETAILS:

  • Tickets
    • Adult General Admission $39.99
    • Child (5-11) General Admission $19.99
    • Adult VIP Admission $59.99
    • Child (5-11) VIP Admission $39.99 
    • FREE Adult General Admission to Active Duty Military (with ID) / Military in Uniform
    • Children 4 and under are free
    • $5 Off Adult General Admission for Military Veterans with proof of service at the box office
    • Event Parking – $20.00
  • Fireworks 9:00 pm

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

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook | Twitter | Yelp

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