Revel in some royal R&R with a fantasy hotel stay offered by Long Beach’s favorite queen
In honor of newlyweds Prince William and the former Kate Middleton’s official visit to California this past summer, the Queen Mary in Long Beach is offering a one-of-kind hotel package fit for royalty. “The Ultimate Royal Passage” begins with a three-night stay for two in the famed Windsor Suite. Named after the Duke and Duchess of Windsor who frequently traveled aboard the Queen Mary, the suite calls to mind the ship’s heyday when it hosted British royalty, political leaders and stars of Hollywood’s golden era.
And since nothing says royalty like an actual crown, the couple who books “The Ultimate Royal Passage” will also receive a diamond encrusted tiara, as well as a men’s luxury watch upon arrival. Additional luxury amenities include on-call butler and limo service; shoeshine service, monocle cleaning and ascot pressing; fresh flowers delivered daily; and keepsake monogrammed his and her bathrobes.
For royal appetites, a tour de culinary opulence features breakfast in bed; private Champagne brunch in the Queen’s Salon – complete with a bagpiper procession upon entry; an exclusive picnic in the ship’s engine room; high tea on the Verandah Deck; sunset caviar service at a secluded table on the Sun Deck; and dinner at Sir Winston’s, the Queen Mary’s five-star signature restaurant. A private sevencourse wine-pairing dinner in the Grand Salon with an intimate performance by a string quartet rounds out the white-glove dining experience. More perks await the couple at the Queen Mary Spa where they will be pampered with everything from a couple’s massage to pedicures to a gentleman’s hot-towel shave.
In between being waited on hand and foot, the “royal couple” will get to embark on a sunset horse and carriage ride, take in the Long Beach skyline from a romantic gondola harbor cruise, enjoy a shopping spree in the ship’s popular gift shop, STACKS, and savor plenty of surprises throughout their stay. A ghostly séance is also available for the couple brave enough to experience the Queen Mary’s paranormal side! “The Ultimate Royal Passage” comes with a royal price tag of $500,000.
However, those seeking a taste of the royal treatment aboard the Queen Mary without breaking the bank can also book the ship’s popular Romance Package, which includes a one-night deluxe cabin stay, bottle of Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, a $100 voucher toward dinner at Sir Winston’s Restaurant, Chelsea Chowder House or the Promenade Café plus breakfast for two.
“The Ultimate Royal Passage” is based on availability and must be booked by phone by Aug. 31, 2011 for travel by Feb. 28, 2012. Inclusions are subject to change based on availability and any changes in product will be of equal dollar value. Package is not available on holidays or during special events including New Year’s Eve. Other restrictions may apply. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.
For more information, visit http:// www.queenmary.com/Royal-Passage. aspx or call (800) 437-2934. About the Queen Mary — Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. May 27, 2011 marked the 75th Anniversary of that inaugural transatlantic crossing.
The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the awardwinning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Behind the Scenes tour while guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends tour. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 314 staterooms spanning three decks including nine full suites which have hosted a variety of colorful characters from World War II leaders to British royalty and the stars of Hollywood’s golden era. (For more information or for reservations, visit www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934.)