Chilling nights at the Queen Mary

Written by David M. Loza, Contributor

Known for its long mysterious corridors and its chilling resemblance to the mighty Titanic in her glory days before her demise, the Queen Mary is known for hosting various attractions that range from celebrations, weddings, and various exhibits since she arrived in the city of Long Beach on Dec. 9, 1967.

Since its docking in Long Beach, rumors of the Queen Mary being haunted started to surface and guests have traveled near and far in order to catch a glimpse of an apparition, cold spots, and aromas that linger throughout the halls belonging to a different era.

The Queen Mary also serves as a hotel where guest can spend the night on board and wine and dine on one of the most beautiful, yet enigmatic ships of the 20th century.

It is rumored by the late psychic Peter James, that over 600 souls call the Queen Mary their home.

As some guests have walked her long corridors in the mere mindset of exploration, they have encountered paranormal situations that have made many wonder, is the Queen Mary haunted?

Known as one of the most haunted hotels in the United States by various online websites, the Queen Mary’s history is full of elegance, beauty, royalty, and war.

Her busy history is no doubt the culprit for her residual energy that is trapped and lingers aboard from deck to deck allowing not only staff members but guests the opportunity to enhance all their senses the moment they step foot onboard.

But is it haunted?

This answer came to us in room A135. A room notorious for drawers opening and closing

The room is a beautiful room with twin beds on the A- Deck on the forth floor. The room is furnished in 1930’s décor including the bathroom. Since it is know for drawers opening and closing, a camera was placed to record when absent.

Besides room A135, the A-Deck has many rooms with different reporting’s of hauntings. Room A110, has had reporting’s of a man sitting on the right hand side of the bed. Guests in A128 have heard tapping, and claimed to have seen a little girl pop up and say “Hi-ya,” and disappear before their eyes. In room A141 a woman has been reported seen crying by several guests, and in A207 guests have seen chairs in the room move across the floor.

After taking photos on the deck at 2:30 a.m., and returning to the room, nothing was captured on footage, but the room was colder than expected. Also, after the lights were turned off and an hour had passed, the television went on, only to turn itself off shortly after.

Again, nothing too frightening, and possibly ruled out as “electrical failure,” but still chilling. Especially when trying to fall asleep in the early hours of the morning.

Although the room wasn’t too much of a paranormal hot spot, the ship has notorious areas where it was questioned going further. For example, the B-Deck, near room B340, a room so haunted it had been taken off the circulation and no one is allowed inside unless they are guided by a paranormal ghost tour.

The B-Deck is definitely one of the most haunted decks onboard. Walking the endless halls at night was eerie and nauseating to the point where a few photos were quickly taken and the area was left by itself.

While walking around the ship, even in daylight, there is no doubt an eerie feeling that follows one around, almost as if someone was walking right behind them, especially around the bow where it was reported on Oct. 2, 1942 the Queen Mary accidentally hit and sank the HMS Curacoa killing 239 of the 338 passengers on board.

It has also been rumored that those who lost their lives on that tragic night still haunt the Queen Mary’s lower Bow. It is a “hot spot” for local ghost hunters that come from all sides of the globe.

Walking around the first class swimming pool was definitely an interesting experience that made one wonder if there was such a thing as a vortex inside the ship connecting this dimension to the spirit world.

People have reported seeing other guests in 1930s style swim suits wandering the decks near the pool.

Other guests have reported seeing wet footprints around the changing rooms and have heard the sounds of splashing water when the pools have been empty for some time now.

Upstairs, an attractive young woman in an elegant white evening gown has been spotted dancing alone in the corner of the room in the Queen’s Salon, which once served as the ship’s first-class lounge.

In the third class children’s playroom, a crying baby has been heard. It has been rumored to be an infant boy who died shortly after his birth.

These and any other haunting have made nonbelievers into believers and continue to attracted guests with its growing list of paranormal reports.

There are various ghost tours available ranging from $31 per person to $129 to dine with the spirits, as well as do a paranormal investigation around the ship.

Lastly, because Halloween is around the corner, join in on the fun and purchase Dark Harbor tickets from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1. Tickets vary, with different themed mazes; horrifying freak shows and lots more!

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 877-342-0742.