I am so excited to share this post with you. Last week I was on a mini vacation with my family. We took a three night cruise from Long Beach, California down to Ensenada, Mexico. We decided to spent the night before the cruise aboard the stately Queen Mary which is permanently docked in Long Beach.
If traffic is good, we are less than an hour away from this beautiful ship. The cruise terminal is right next door to the Queen Mary and a very short walk away. I had heard a few stories about this ship which is now a floating hotel. Some people said it was like an old outdated hotel, but to me it was an evening being transported back in time (obviously, they didn't appreciate history).
Our cabin was almost in original condition. My daughter and her family stayed in a cabin that had been modernized. I was so happy that I got to stay in cabin that was still intact. Talking about intact, here's some some photos of the bathroom's modern plumbing (just kidding):
I'm surprised that this still works. It sure isn't in code with California's water conservation but it was so much fun to see this contraption. After doing some research, I found out that Shanks company was based in Scotland. The sink was also from Shanks.
Here's a photo of the "electric heater" original to the cabin. The Cunard White Line incorporated these heaters into the plan of the ship to accommodate the North American passengers who were used to warm homes.
We took a tour of the ship and saw some of the rooms not open to the public. One of these was the First Class pool. It's in the middle of the ship, below deck. It was eerie to go in there at night and see the lights shining on an empty pool. The pool today is not usable since the depth of the pool starts at six feet and goes to 12 feet.
One of my favorites was to walk along the promenade deck. Sorry that I don't have a picture of the teak flooring that's still intact. I could just see in my mind those ladies and gentlemen sitting on the lounge chairs breathing in the salty sea air.
I forgot to say that my first impression of walking into the Queen Mary is literally like going back in time. The beautiful woods and the art deco design really stands out. There is a lovely observation bar that serves a great happy hour too. If you are a fan of Mystery on PBS and watch Poirot, then you will love visiting the Queen Mary. It's right in the same period of time. The ship carried many famous people and royalty across the long ocean voyage. It was so nostalgic and I thoroughly enjoyed my short time on board ship.
As I have mentioned, today the Queen Mary is a hotel. To rate it as a hotel, then I would say it's good. Our room had high quality hotel bedding and since no smoking is allowed, the room smelled fresh. But, if you don't like old plumbing fixtures, fans that don't work and no air conditioning, then maybe it's not the hotel for you. (My husband thought we were a bit nuts to want to stay here!) But, I thoroughly enjoyed my time and would go back again in a flash.
Length: Queen Mary 965 ft. LBP - Carnival Inspiration 855 ft
Beam: Queen Mary 118 ft - Carnival Inspiration 103.4 ft
Tonnage: Queen Mary 81,237 GRT - Carnival Inspiration 70,367 GT
Passengers: Queen Mary 2,139 - Carnival Inspiration 2,054
Crew: Queen Mary 1,101 - Carnival Inspiration 920
I look at these numbers and I am amazed at the size of this ship for it's day. And, the Queen Mary did a tremendous job of transporting the troops during World War II. She was known as "The Grey Ghost" and carried more than 800,000 troops!
That's about all I have to share today. Sorry that I don't have anything "crafty" to share with you this week. I did knit two different toddler sweaters that I can share in the next weeks. They are a fun and fast pattern. Which reminds me, do stop by Handmade Monday and check out some great ideas.
Have a wonderful week,