My kids (especially my daughter) are really interested in knowing more about the Titanic. So during this years trip to Southern California we decided to visit The Queen Mary in Long Beach. It's not the Titanic but very close and it was perfect timing for my little ones.
Our package (general admission) included a tour through the museum section (has many facts about the Titanic too - free headsets to guide you are an option), freedom to roam the majority of the ship, and the Ghosts & Legends Tour.
|My son fell in love with these on one of the decks!|
|Of course we had to ask for a picture with the "real captain" of the ship.|
I think he was there for the individualized/VIP tours but he didn't mind getting in the picture.
It's a little confusing where to start (how to get to the museum area) and then where to go next. You have to go to a set of elevators, go up to "?" floor, cross the overhead walkway, go down the stairs, and then you are at the museum. To get to the rest of the ship you have to go back up the stairs, cross the walkway, get on the elevator, take that to "?" floor, and then cross over into the ship..... Keep in mind that you are sharing the two small elevators with guest of the hotel and their luggage. Once we were done with the museum and found our way to the rest of the ship it was easy to figure out the rest.
The credit card machine was not working when we arrived to buy our tour tickets. So they opened late and then only accepted cash.
You have to pay for your parking on the way out by using a machine near the entrance of the ship. We of course forgot to do this until we were pulling out of the parking lot. We had to park again so one of us could run to a machine to pay and get our voucher to be able to leave the lot. This seems to actually be a common thing in California. It's the same process at Redondo Beach parking. What was really strange to me is there were people checking our vouchers on the way out - why couldn't they just take our money???