The RMS Queen Mary plied the Atlantic Ocean in high style from 1936 until she began shuttling Allied troops during World War II. The British liner returned to cruising in 1947, but by then airlines were luring passengers away. In 1967, after 1,001 transatlantic voyages, the Queen retired to Long Beach, Calif., and a berth as a 314-room floating hotel. Her Grand Salon is now a setting for Sunday brunch, a dozen shops cater to visitors, and tours of the ship include ghost stories.
Photography courtesy the Queen Mary
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