Management errs on side of caution amid coronavirus fears

LONG BEACH, CA, MARCH 12, 2020 – The Queen Mary has decided not to hold its annual ShamRock ‘N’ Roll event which was due to take place this Saturday, March 14, 2020.

The event that takes place on the nearest Saturday to St. Patrick’s Day celebrates all things Irish, with live music, including lively Irish jigs, and special drinks, will not take place this year to prevent an opportunity for the COVID-19 virus to spread in Long Beach.

“We can only apologize to guests who were expecting a night of fun, but safety must come first, not only for ticket holders, but also Long Beach residents and the community at large,” said Mark Frances, Managing Director at the Queen Mary. 

Ticket holders have been sent communication regarding full refunds but can also contact the Queen Mary directly if a notification has not been received.

“We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols from government officials,” continued Frances. “While this decision is a proactive one on our part, we felt the risks associated with this popular event poised too great of a threat to our community. People of Long Beach can see the calendar of exciting events on the Queen Mary’s website.”

This is the only event at the Queen Mary that has been postponed or stopped but management at the Queen Mary will monitor the situation closely and make adjustments to the ship’s event calendar if necessary.