Looking for the Best Fireworks for the Fourth? Found Them!

he 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. 

“We’re transforming all decks of the ship in to a ‘time machine,’ with each new era marked by a change in music and programming,” said Steve Shelton, Queen Mary Director of Entertainment Events. “Guests will reminisce Independence Day in bygone eras while still being able to enjoy today’s popular music and entertainment. There’s something for the whole family.”

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The Sun Chronicle: The royal treatment


When we needed a place to stay in the Los Angeles area before our Panama Canal cruise aboard Cunard’s newest ship, the Queen Elizabeth, we thought of Cunard’s legendary Queen Mary.

She has been a floating hotel steeped in history and has been docked in Long Beach, Calif., since ending her transatlantic runs in 1967….read more.



Queen Mary goes rainbow in May to celebrate Long Beach Pride, hosts Poseidon Dance Party
The historic ocean liner the Queen Mary, anchored in Long Beach Harbor as a historical museum, is illuminating the night sky with rainbow-colored lights from bow to stern to show solidarity with the LGBT community…read more.

Long Beach Pride parade and festival tips & notes
This will not be a good weekend to be in a car: The westbound and eastbound lanes of Shoreline Drive between Ocean Boulevard and Shoreline Village Drive will be closed until 10 a.m. Monday. Ocean Bouelvard will be closed 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday for the Parade.…read more.

Rainbows Color Events Throughout Pride Week
While this weekend’s Gay Pride Festival and the parade on Sunday attracts a lot of attention, there are other activities happening to help celebrate Gay Pride Week. Here’s a list of other happenings around town.…read more.

Queen Mary Raises Rainbow Lights for Pride
To inaugurate Pride weekend, the Queen Mary has risen a row of rainbow lights where a string of traditionally white ones glow.

They will continue to glow until the end of the weekend, including hanging over those who decide to dance atop the deck in the ship’s annual Pride party, Poseidon.…read more.

Queen Mary goes rainbow in May to celebrate LB Pride


Day Tripping Aboard the Queen Mary

Attention Time Warner subscribers, the Time Warner Cable travel show, Day Trippin’ was at The Queen Mary, here is a preview.

The entire segment aired on Channel 101 and is now available on Time Warner Cable’s Video OnDemand!

Here’s how to view:

(Time Warner Cable Subscribers)
Go to Video OnDemand
Select LOCAL
Select SoCAL’s BEST
Episode 14


MSN: A Floating Piece of Hollywood History

In the golden age of Hollywood, from the late 1920s to the early 1960s, one of the most glamorous escapes a movie star could take was a cruise aboard a luxury ocean liner. This was the heyday of grand ships, and the Queen Mary, a British vessel that took its maiden trans-Atlantic voyage in 1936, was one of the most plush and celebrated. Boasting elaborate art deco interiors, a majestic ballroom and every creature comfort imaginable, from cocktail bars to swimming pools, it was a magnet for celebrities like Bob Hope, Fred Astaire and Elizabeth Taylor. In 1948, Clark Gable famously delayed the departure of the Queen Mary by 18 minutes, the result of an extended goodbye to his sweetheart…more


2013 West Coast BBQ news coverage

What You Missed At The West Coast BBQ Classic
Long Beach isn’t typically synonymous with superior barbecue, but this past Saturday the seaside city could have rivaled Memphis, Lexington, or Llano for how seriously it approached the subject of smoked meats…read more from LA Magazine Grubstreet.

The 2nd Annual West Coast BBQ Classic Event
The Queen Mary’s Waterfront Events Park presented The 2nd Annual West Coast BBQ Classic, an official California-State-Certified, KCBS – Sanctioned BBQ Family Friendly Championship sponsored by the infamous gentleman’s drink Jack Daniel’s. This spirited ONE DAY event had a record turnout last year and certainly did not disappoint in festivities this year…read more from LA Splash.

Queen Mary held 2nd Annual West Coast BBQ Classic
The Queen Mary Waterfront Events Park was the site for this year’s 2nd Annual West Coast BBQ Classic on Saturday May 11. The event started at 11 a.m. to a packed crowd of hungry barbeque enthusiasts and ended at 6 p.m. with an awards ceremony…read more

Left Coast Q wins the 2nd Annual West Coast BBQ Classic at the Queen Mary

Today was a smoky day in Long Beach at the Queen Mary Events Park. When the smoke finally cleared, the 2nd Annual West Coast BBQ Classic was over. It came to a great end, as Matt Dalton and his team from Left Coast Q in Banning, California, took 3rd place in ribs, 6th place in chicken and then finished the day by winning the Grand Championship trophy, the top award of the day…read more

Top Tips For Queen Mary’s West Coast BBQ Classic Cookoff Event
The Queen Mary hosts an annual barbeque contest called the West Coast BBQ Classic Cookoff, and it’s a fine event, a fun event. I checked it out and here’s the top tips for attending it, based on my observations….read more.