Memorial Day Weekend At The Queen Mary

May 25 - May 27

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with the Queen Mary! Salute to Service is a three-day event to honor and remember those who have served and pay homage to the Queen Mary’s duty as a troopship during WWII. Come aboard the ship for reenactments and demonstrations, appearances by beloved historical figures, and lectures.

Nicknamed the “Grey Ghost” after receiving a hauntingly stark paint job, the Queen Mary’s impressive speed and size made her an ideal troop hauler during WWII. Often carrying as many as 15,000 men in a single voyage, the ship set world records for speed and cargo during her tour of duty. Salute to Service is the perfect opportunity to explore the Queen Mary and learn the incredible true story of how her involvement played a pivotal role in guiding the Allied Forces to victory in WWII.

Free Admission For Current And Retired Military Personnel, Veterans, And First Responders!

The Queen Mary is proud to offer free admission to active service members of the armed forces, retired military personnel, veterans, and first responders. Guests of the same party will receive a 25% off discount on tickets for Memorial Day weekend purchasable at the box office.

Tours, Exhibits, and Attractions offered at the Queen Mary include:

Schedule of Events


Wartime Reenactments and Demonstrations

Each day from 12 pm to 8 pm, you’ll find WWII troops, nurses, and Allied leaders throughout the Queen Mary, giving you a glimpse into the incredible true story of how the ship guided the Allied Forces to Victory in WWII.

Wartime Scenario

"Queen Mary Is Under Attack!"

Due to system failures from attack damage, the Queen Mary Wireless Room has taken its backup radio equipment out on deck. Witness Wireless Room operators attempt to summon aid and keep the ship in contact with the outside world. Observe how a Signal Corps officer uses top-secret experimental radio equipment to make contact and pass messages using communications satellites that had been secretly launched by the U.S. during the war.

Located on our Sports Deck

Presentations and Lectures

  • All Day: “War Rooms at Sea” exhibit
  • All Day: In-between lectures, check out “Queen Mary Voices,” a series of short films featuring oral histories and stories from our original crew members and passengers aboard the Queen Mary. (48 min.)
  • 11am - 12pm: “Queen Mary and the War” with Commodore Everette
  • 1pm – 2pm: “Victory through Strength and Unity: A Women’s tale” with Captain James
  • 3pm – 3:30pm: “War Bride” film viewing, featuring June Allen (War Bride on the Queen Mary’s first of thirteen “bride and baby voyages” in 1946)
  • 4:30pm, 6:30pm: "Birds of Prey" Come join us for our interactive animal shows! Learn about birds of prey and various reptiles. 

Around the Ship

  • 12pm – 1pm: Captain’s Meet and Greet at the Bridge (open to all guests)
  • 5pm – 6pm: Captain’s Reception for Hotel Guests – Observation Bar
  • 6pm – 6:30pm: Commodore and Churchill to tour Sir Winston’s
  • 2:15 – Ship’s Officer tour*
  • 6:15 – Ship’s Officer tour*

*This tour is specific to the role of the ship’s officers and the crew of the ship. This will be a first come, first serve tour option. (No additional cost, limited availability).

Sunset Taps Schedule

  • Saturday, May 25th: 7:54pm
  • Sunday, May 26th: 7:54pm
  • Monday, May 27: 7:55pm

Other Available Tours and Exhibits


  • Glory Days Historic Tour
  • World War II Tour (Tour offered only Saturday through Monday during Memorial Day Weekend)
  • Haunted Encounters
  • Steam and Steel Tour

Christopher is the best!

  • 4D Theater – featuring two films incorporating elements of wind, water, bubbles and so much more
  • Engine Room – A self-guided tour through the remaining engine room with a visit to the last remaining propeller still attached to the port side shaft
  • The Shipyard – featuring the world’s largest Queen Mary model made entirely out of LEGO bricks
  • Ship Model Gallery – View the intricate details of many historic model ships including the RMS Titanic, RMS Queen Mary, RMS Lusitania and many more

Their Finest Hours: Winston Churchill And The Queen Mary

Few public figures have had more influence on modern political and social life than former British Prime Minister, Winston Spencer-Churchill. Fewer still had an ongoing relationship with the Queen Mary. To commemorate their affinity, the Queen Mary brings you Their Finest Hours, an exhibit inviting you to trace this remarkable and somewhat unknown chapter in the ship's history.

Stay Aboard!

Once a world-class ocean liner, the Queen Mary Hotel offers guests unique accommodations and a wide array of attractions that simply cannot be found anywhere else. Whether it’s the authentic polished wood paneling, the original 1930s artwork, the Art Deco style or the operable porthole(s), there’s no question that the Queen Mary Hotel is unlike any other Southern California hotel. Each stateroom is unique with its own personality and offers a real glimpse into what transatlantic travel was like during the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. With an impressive history and tradition of excellence, the Queen Mary Hotel is more than a place to rest one’s head – it’s an entire experience.

From historic tours to paranormal attractions, shops, spa and various events, there are a wide variety of things to do and see while aboard the ship. We hope you enjoy your stay aboard the Queen Mary and take advantage of all the wonderful sites, sounds and tastes, the ship has to offer. Reserve your room today. 

Royal Sunday Brunch

A local favorite, the Queen Mary Royal Sunday Brunch takes you on a worldwide culinary adventure and features over 50 unique dishes from around the globe. Delight in traditional western breakfast fare like made-to-order omelets, pancakes, eggs benedict and homemade hash. Experience a southwestern sensation with Albondigas soup and carne asada tacos, or spice it up with Hot n’ Sour soup or Asian style ribs. Cleanse your palate at our refreshing salad station featuring a chef crafted Cobb salad, imported tuna nicoise and a variety of domestic and imported cheeses. The highlight is our signature carving station, which offers perfectly prepared prime rib with au jus and leg of lamb with mint jus.