The renovations modernize aspects of the ship, but care was taken to preserve the famous ocean liner's art deco heritage.

The RMS Queen Mary – the world’s most famous floating hotel – has finished renovating all 314 of its staterooms, including nine suites, in a significant project that also included renovations of three of its restaurants, 18,700 square feet of meeting space and the ship’s Royal Wedding Chapel.

According to the hotel’s management, the renovations modernize aspects of the ship, but care was taken to preserve the famous ocean liner’s art deco heritage.


“It was important for us to maintain the ship’s authenticity and historic appeal,” says Uwe Roggenthien, general manager of the Queen Mary. “But there are amenities that today’s traveler expects from a destination like the Queen Mary, and the renovation program meets those expectations.”

Moored at the Port of Long Beach in California since 1967, the Queen Mary is the world's most famous floating hotel. It once was one of the fastest ocean liners afloat and during World War II carried hundreds of thousands of soldiers between the United States and the UK. On its hazardous wartime crossings, the ship (then painted battleship gray) traveled alone because its speed enabled it to outpace the notorious "wolfpacks" of German U-boats. As an ocean liner the Queen Mary often carried royalty, Hollywood stars and many other famous people and dignitaries

The stateroom renovations included adding flat screen TVs and iPod docking stations as well new bedding, curtains, carpets and refreshed decor.

In the Queen Mary’s restaurant Sir Winston’s and the ship’s Promenade Cafe, menus have been updated to embrace sustainable dining practices and the restaurants’ interiors have been refurbished.

A third restaurant was completely redesigned as a classic fish house and reopens on November 18 as the Chelsea Chowder House & Bar. The new restaurant features a selection of chowders, kettle-cooked seafood dishes, brewed foods and specialty beers and its capacity has been increased to 130 seats from 85.

The ship’s Royal Wedding Chapel has received a fresh coat of paint, new carpet, drapes and pews, but efforts have been made to retain its romantic charm. The chapel seats 150 guests, and the Queen Mary hosts an average of 150 weddings per year.

The ship’s three largest meeting salons – the Grand, Queen’s, and Windsor salons – and its Royal Salon and King’s View room have all been renovated with new carpet and drapes, chosen in consultation with an art deco art historian.

Moored at the Port of Long Beach since 1967, the Queen Mary offers a museum and Behind the Scenes tour, as well as the ship’s well-known Ghosts and Legends Show. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000 square-foot exhibit hall.

The Queen Mary has 314 staterooms spanning three decks, including nine full suites which have hosted personalities ranging from World War II leaders to British royalty and the stars of Hollywood’s golden era. For more information or to make reservations, see www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934.

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