Above: Why I was a guest on the Queen Mary
Occasionally I get to escape with my handsome man (HM) to different cities or events. Not too long ago we were the guests of a wholesale pet product distributor who put us up at the Queen Mary.
Above: The Hotel at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.
Although I grew up in the area, I never spent much time visiting the ship. My brother had his prom on the Queen Mary and I served as his chauffeur but that was the last time I was anywhere near the ship.
Above: View of the Queen Mary on board.
The enormous ship is amazing but sadly much of the interior is not as fantastic as you would expect. It needs some TLC and elbow grease. The lights are dim enough that unless you look closely you miss most of the wear and tear and dirt.
Above: Another view of the ship.
All of our friends were excited that we were going to stay on board the haunted vessel–and one friend confessed that she used to play a stow away in some of the campy old shows they used to stage on the ship.
Above: Yellow Cab Co-Op lets you arrive in style.
The Queen Mary has an interesting history since the luxury liner transported the weathy but then was used to move troops during World War II.
Above & Below: Views of our state room on the Queen Mary
Our room was surprising large. Much larger than my cruise ship experiences. The lighting was very poor and if you are claustrophobic the ventilation leaves something to be desired as well.
Above: Entry & table in our state room.
However we were looking forward to the adventure and after a long drive were excited to arrive. Our bellman was fabulous and we soon settled in.
Above: The state room bathroom was spacious.
As instructed we poked around to explore the ship. It would be really easy to get lost as it is so big.
Above: Hallway of Queen Mary.
Above: View from our port hole.
Above: LONG hallways of the ship.
Above: Art work on the Queen Mary
Above: Another breathtaking area of the Queen Mary.
Above: Cameo of Queen Mary
We were attending the open house of a large pet product supplier who had invited a number of vendors and manufacturers to display and promote their wares.
Above: Artwork in the Grand Ballroom
The highlight of the venue was the reception in the Grand Ballroom. The vast hall must have been something as it was stunning to look at still. The disappointment for me was that the lovely artwork and etching were not protected and some idiots had damaged parts of the artwork to leave their marks.
Above & Below: Bird art in the Grand Ballroom of the Queen Mary
On some of the paintings the wear was beginning to show since anyone could put their hands onto the images.
They artwork and construction of the ship were amazing.
Above: Grand Ballroom of the Queen Mary
Although we had a great time, I was there to keep an eye out for new products.
I have to say that I was most impressed by a cat litter that is really eco-friendly from the packaging to the product.
Above: Close to Nature Cat Litter
Close to Nature Cat Litter is made from soybeans. It clumps but doesn’t destroy the earth like clay litters do.
Also, once used it can be used in the garden if you choose to do so. The new packaging is biodegradable–making it a great product and a true eco-friendly product.