A bit of background on this famous ship from the Queen Mary website. Upon undertaking her maiden voyage in 1936, the Queen Mary boasted five dining areas and lounges, two cocktail bars and swimming pools, a grand ballroom, a squash court and even a small hospital. The Queen Mary had set a new benchmark in transatlantic travel, which the rich and famous considered as the only civilized way to travel. She quickly seized the hearts and imaginations of the public on both sides of the Atlantic, representing the spirit of an era known for its elegance, class and style. For three years after her maiden voyage, the Queen Mary was the grandest ocean liner in the world carrying Hollywood celebrities like Bob Hope and Clark Gable, royalty like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and dignitaries like Winston Churchill.
As World War II started, the Queen Mary was transformed into a troopship carrier, painted a camouflaged grey color and stripped of her luxurious amenities. Dubbed the "Grey Ghost" because of her stealth and stark color, the Queen Mary was the largest and fastest troopship to sail, capable of transporting as many as 16,000 troops at 30 knots.
On October 31, 1967, the Queen Mary departed on her final cruise, arriving in Long Beach, California, on December 9, 1967. She has called Southern California her home ever since. The Queen Mary is now a floating Hotel, home to three world-class restaurants and an icon in Southern California.
Many say the proud ship is haunted, and in more than one place. Believe it or not, the Queen Mary has been voted as one of America's top ten most haunted places, according to Time magazine. As it notes on the QM website, "Explore the legendary ship with a series of twilight tours and séances that explore the haunted past and paranormal activity that the Queen Mary is known for... click here for more information on our Tours at Night - including Dining With the Spirits, Paranormal Investigation and Paranormal Spirit Walk.