Get Transported Back to the Golden Age of Ocean Liners

Written By: Nikki Brown Queen Mary Island

The Queen Mary luxury liner transported the rich and glamorous across the Atlantic between New York City and England for decades. It wasn’t until the dawn of the jet age when she retired to the port in Long Beach. 81 years later, the Queen Mary is undergoing a different sort of journey – one of transformation.

A huge development plan was announced on March 22 that will metamorphose the ship and surrounding waterfront into a modernity-meets-nostalgia wonderland. Queen Mary Island will epitomize the 21st century-version glitz and glam of the golden age ocean liners. Urban Commons announced that the project will be a $250 million, all-inclusive entertainment destination on 65 acres of waterfront land surrounding the Queen Mary.

Voyage back in time to imagine men in suit jackets and women in sleeveless dresses dancing the cha cha across the Queen Mary’s grand salon. Picture Hollywood legends like Bob Hope and Clark Gable rubbing shoulders with royalty like the Duchess of Windsor and Winston Churchill. Stars, beauties, and pleasure-seekers frolicked in the ship’s indoor pools, played tennis, and dined in-style to tinkering piano music and rich saxophone jazz. These travelers of past generations were privy to beauty salons, libraries, and even a music studio while onboard.

“Queen Mary Island will hold something for everyone, whether that is adrenaline-inducing activities or simply enjoying live entertainment and dining near the waterfront,” said Principal of Urban Commons Taylor Woods. “We are genuinely excited about creating a place for people to connect, interact and make memories and look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with the city as we bring this highly-anticipated destination to life.”

True to the Queen Mary’s aim to offer patrons the premier luxury experience of its time, Queen Mary Island aspires to bring to life the modern-day equivalent. Eclectic shops, gourmet restaurants, and casual eateries will line the boardwalk alongside bike paths, lush gardens, and eye-catching art installations.

The architecture and design of the waterfront will be reminiscent of a bygone era of transatlantic travel and reflect an authentic, industrial shipyard aesthetic. From a boutique hotel to an impressive outdoor amphitheater, Queen Mary Island will plunge visitors into the luxury liner’s storied history. Interactive kiosks will provide glimpses into the Queen Mary’s past, and live music will entertain visitors just like the ocean liner’s patrons once enjoyed.

Paying homage to luxury liner’s offering of the best in pleasure-seeking for travelers of the 40s, 50s, and 60s, Queen Mary Island will offer present-day visitors the most cutting-edge urban adventure experiences and amusements. A giant indoor facility will include novelty interactive activities, including surfing, canyoning, skydiving, zip lining, and indoor ice climbing.

Queen Mary Island will be one of the first of its kind, representing a new era of development that incorporates inspiration from rich histories with innovative technology and futuristic lifestyle features. The revival of the Queen Mary and Long Beach waterfront will draw visitors from around the world, just as the luxury ocean liner enchanted international crowds during her glory days.

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