The historic ship, RMS Queen Mary, permanently docked in Long Beach, California, is a popular destination for ghost hunters and paranormals since it has long been reported to be haunted by a whole array of former passengers. The Queen Mary is considered by many to be the world’s most haunted ship and has been declared by Time Magazine to be one of “America’s Top 10 Most Haunted Places."
The ship served as a military transport during World War II, so the spirits of sailors join the ghosts of well-heeled guests on the luxury ocean liner turned hotel and attraction. There are self-guided tours where you may encounter paranormal beings and more intense guided tours with the Queen Mary's resident para investigator and ParaXplorer Project founder Matthew Schulz.
For those with a casual interest, the Self-Guided Walking Tour of the ship included with general admission takes you through several areas where placards indicate places where apparitions have been spotted. Some spirits you might run across on your own include the ghost of a sailor known to haunt the engine room, an elegant lady who makes regular appearances in the Observation Bar, and a little girl who has been seen materializing in different places around the ship. While that might be enough ghostly encounters for you, the self-guided tour does not have access to many of the most haunted areas of the ship.
Haunted Encounters Tour
The one-hour non-scary Haunted Encounters Tour is a daytime ticket that includes an introductory film, a fast-paced guided tour of parts of the ocean liner reputed to be haunted, and lots of anecdotal stories of ghostly encounters on the ship. Tour participants will enjoy the special effects display in the first-class pool area, explore the ship from the engine room to staterooms, and play along with the Ghost Sightings Scavenger Hunt booklet.
Paranormal Ship Walk
For more serious ghost enthusiasts, you can sign up for an evening tour of the ship's haunted areas with a resident para investigator. This tour is more in-depth and covers different areas of the ship than the daytime tour. Visitors have more opportunity to commune with spirits. There are several tours per night and reservations are suggested.
Dining with the Spirits
The Dinner and a Ghost Tour is basically the same tour as the Paranormal Ship Walk with the added bonus of a three-course meal at the elegant Sir Winston's. The experience takes 4.5 hours—2 hours for group dining followed by the guided tour through the ship. Reservations are suggested.
For those interested in actually conducting paranormal research on the ship, a paranormal investigator leads guests in Paranormal Investigations at night. This is a small group experience where half a dozen participants can learn to work the research equipment and participate in meditation exercises designed to open the mind to psychic phenomenon. You'll be led into the depths of the Queen Mary's reportedly active locations, including those not available to the general public, in this exciting evening of ghost hunting.
There are also opportunities to take a private tour or organize a group tour with a paranormal investigator. When you organize one of these private tours, you can select the time you want to visit and customize locations for your potential ghostly encounters.
Queen Mary Dark Harbor
Every October for the Halloween season the Queen Mary is transformed into a giant haunted house attraction with seven mazes on and off the ship, two dance parties, haunted bars, and live bands playing. During October most of the other haunted tours cease because the tour areas are incorporated into the haunted mazes for the month-long event.