THE QMI BLOG
THE QUEEN MARY IS OPEN
CLOSED SINCE THE PANDEMIC; THE SHIP ONCE AGAIN WELCOMES "PASSENGERS"
April 1st, no kidding; the first tours of the ship resumed. We were on the first of these and are excited to share with you some of the improvements we saw onboard. The Long Beach Mayor was in attendance, reaffirming the city's commitment to the ship.
After a countdown lead by commodore Everette Hoard, the ship's horn sounded, announcing the reopening of the ship.
We boarded, scanned our QR codes & assembled in the staging zones for the Glory Days Historical Tour.
Grand Salon (former 1st Class Lounge)
The tour began in the Grand Salon. A large portion of the room was curtained off, likely for further renovations. Otherwise the room was unchanged, aside from being cleaned and lit well.
The Space everyone is waiting for, one of the most Iconic on the ship, was the second stop. We have heard much about a revitalization in progress, but it appears to not be finished yet. The dated chairs have been replaced by those from Sir Winston's (we assume this is temporary, though it is already an improvement) and the flooring is still to be changed (we are told flooring in the ship will begin to be addressed after the 7th of April)
We were pleasantly surprised to be able to tour a stateroom, one of the few with an original marquetry art piece intact, nonetheless! Mattresses are new, as are locks on the doors. The softgoods likely will be as well.
The Queen Mary's "Haunted Pool"
The Pool was not on the tour route for the Glory Days Historical Tour, though it might be on the haunted one. We did pass by it and saw that the lights imitating water are still on.
1st Class Dining Room
Our tour ended in what was once the largest room afloat. Little seems to have been changed here, though like the rest of the ship, it is cleaner and seems better lit. They did note that Sunday Brunch is expected to resume here, despite rumors.