The R.M.S. Queen Mary and Catalina Island
Travel back to the grandeur of the 1930s onboard the Queen Mary and learn about the ship’s design, construction and many uses. Then experience the village of Avalon and Catalina Island.
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Program No. 1180RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Welcome aboard the Queen Mary! During 31 years at sea and 1,001 transatlantic crossings, this ship transported the rich and famous across the North Atlantic. Now this is your chance to experience an era of opulence as you stay aboard one of the original luxury ocean liners. Relive the ship’s history from construction and launch to passenger service and troopship through ship’s officer talks and expert-led walk. Get acquainted with Catalina Island and its charming seaside village of Avalon.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 1.5 miles per day. No porterage.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Relive the excitement of 1930s opulence on board the Queen Mary — docked, yet still afloat — and enjoy expert lectures on the ship’s design and construction.
  • On Catalina, imagine Big Band music playing as you stroll across the ballroom of the Casino, Avalon’s most recognizable landmark.
  • Examine native plants at the Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Garden.
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Will Kayne
Will Kayne is the ship historian and the exhibits coordinator for the RMS Queen Mary, one of history’s most famous ocean liners, now retired in Long Beach, Calif. as a museum. Having done extensive research into the Queen Mary’s archives, he now creates all its educational programs. Will honed his writing and presentation skills in the world of theater. He holds a degree in theatre performance from Northern Illinois University and his acting credits include “Dallas” and “Days of Our Lives."

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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