Dear Valued Guest:
We’d like to thank you and the many visitors aboard The Queen Mary for your continued support of our iconic landmark. Since the ship was docked in Long Beach many years ago, our commitment to providing a safe, fun and educational experience has been our #1 priority. As the ship’s new leaseholders, Urban Commons have strengthened that commitment. Importantly, Urban Commons has taken immediate action on critical renovations that will preserve the historic integrity of the ship and ensure that The Queen Mary continues to be a safe destination for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit every year.
Urban Commons stepped in last year with an immediate focus on improving operations onboard The Queen Mary. They are addressing the most immediate structural needs to enable The Queen Mary to thrive in her next 80 years. In fact, there is more restoration activity taking place onboard the ship today than there has been in the past 30 years. During this time, we will continue to welcome guests to the ship for hotel stays, weddings, meetings, and to enjoy our various special attractions and events.
In addition to the short-term updates to the ship, Urban Commons has been hard at work, in collaboration with the City of Long Beach, to create a long-term plan for The Queen Mary site that will help draw even more interest to this unique landmark. We anticipate sharing more information about those plans in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you onboard.
Long Beach officials say the ship is safe for the public and that those areas noted in the marine survey have been closed. Already, $23 million is being spent to fix the most serious problems. “Major action is being taken regarding the repairs, and the public is not being put at risk,” city spokeswoman Kerry Gerot said.
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