Dark Harbor Opens Today at the Queen Mary, Get Ready for Fun, Fright, Music and Some ‘Spirited’ Drinking

Just when they thought they were out of the scary part....Photo by Edward Simon for The Los Angeles Beat.

It’s Halloween time again—–the time that the spirits come out to haunt the Queen Mary in Long Beach. And there are plenty of spirits, since the Queen Mary is known to be haunted. In fact, Cabin B340 is off limits to everyone because of the strange goings on there. But guests to this year’s Dark Harbor can explore the maze in the Village, a Circus whose acts might slay you and even a Freak Show. For those who want to see the bowels of the Queen Mary, ‘Submerged’ takes you into an area you might never leave. There is a nice ‘swing’ ride too that was part of Michael Jackson’s ‘Neverland’. Plenty of food from places like the Grave Digger’s Grill and the Body Parts BBQ. If you are really looking for spirits (and maybe wine and beer too) there is the RIP Lounge and the Captain’s Corpse Bar. There is some great music too by The Rhythm Coffins a perfect group to get you in the Halloween mood. They are definitely a killer band!

The Rhythm Coffin rocks Dark Harbor. Photo by Edward Simon for The Los Angeles Beat.

Alexa is a specialist in the the Paranormal and one of the guides that leads guests who opt for the Encounters Tour through some of the haunted sections of the Queen Mary. “We get to go into the underbelly of the ship and the environment is just amazing. There’s even a little fun thrown in! I think my favorite story about the ship is Suit B340, but I got an opportunity to go all the way inside to the bow of the ship, when the Queen Mary hit the Curaçao. I mean, it’s a horrible story, with all the lives on this ship and they could not do anything about this tragedy. Over 300 lives on the Curaçao were lost. The queen survived the war by zig-zagging and the Curaçao came to connect with supplies and the Queen Mary ran right over it. She literally cut the Curaçao in half. Since at that time the Queen Mary had 12,000 lives aboard, they were not granted permission to stop to rescue survivors. It was horrible! The Queen threw things overboard to help, but a lot on the Curaçao lost their lives. It’s interesting, the beauty of the ship and the sadness and extent of humanity”.

Alexa summoning spirits on Encounter Tour. Photo by Edward Simon for The Los Angeles Beat.

Alexa talked about the guests who take the tour of encounter.” What surprises me the most is the audience. We all want to play and we all want to suspend our beliefs, just like when we were kids. so we participate by putting on a show and the audience participates by spending time with us”.

sSe's looking for someone for the ....Last Dance.....Photo by Edward Simon for The Los Angeles Beat.

Dark Harbor will run through November on several nights. The dates are Oct. 3-4, 9-12, 16-19, 23-26 and Oct. 29-Nov. 2. Dark Harbor is open 7pm to 12am and 7pm to 1am on Fridays and Saturdays. More information can be obtained about all of Dark Harbor’s different options from their website, www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor/. Packages are availabe including just tickets, VIP and Fast Fright passes, early bird specials hotel/Dark Harbor packages and event Private Cabana Service. For those who can’t wait to see what the Ghoulish opening night looked like, a photo essay is after the break.


The Queen Mary

1126 Queen’s Highway

Long Beach, CA 90802

PH: (877) 600-4313 

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Ed is a native of Los Angeles who loves food and food cultures. Whether he's looking for the best ceviche in Colombia, the best poke in Hawaii, the best tequila in Jalisco or the best Taiwanese Beef Roll in Los Angeles, it's all good food! He also loves a good drink. He's had Mai Tais in Hawaii, Bourbon in Kentucky, Tequila in Mexico and Rum in Jamaica. His wine escapades have taken him to Napa, Sonoma, the Willamette Valley and the Santa Ynez Valley. And he's had beer all over the world! Music is another of Ed's passion, writing and interviewing many classic rock, rock and blues musicians. Getting the great stories of road experiences from them is a particular delight. Traveling also fits in with Ed's writing, exploring all over to find the most interesting places to visit, even in out of the way areas.
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