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.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

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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Growing Up in Long Beach
by Tim Grobaty
Lifelong resident of Long Beach, California, Grobaty recounts his childhood during the boomer years after World War II. His memories include forgotten hotspots, including drive-ins and famous restaurants, while also giving insight into the evolution of new neighborhoods, including East Long Beach.
Long Beach
by Carole Shahda Geraci, Fiore, Roberta,
Through historical photos, this Images of America showcases the history of Long Beach, from its earliest development in the late 1800s through Prohibition and both world wars to current status as "America’s Healthiest City."
Catalina A to Z: A Glossary Guide to California's Island Jewel
by Jerry Roberts, Bob Rhein
Located an hour outside of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Santa Catalina Island is a popular tourist destination with two vibrant communities (Avalon and Two Harbors) and beautiful seashores and wild lands. The authors compile the island’s fascinating history, which includes appearances by pirates, smugglers, squatters and Hollywood.
Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast
by Sarah G. Allen, Joe Mortenson, Sophie Webb
Sophie Webb, director of Oikinos, contributes the exquisite paintings for this outstanding field guide, the 100th in the California Natural History Guides series, perfect for the Sea of Cortez.
Long Beach Chronicles: from Pioneers to the 1933 Earthquake
by Tim Grobaty
After its incorporation in 1888, Long Beach was one of the country’s fastest growing cities. This collection of tales, compiled by local reporter Grobaty, chronicles the major events and significant personalities that shaped the city into the vibrant tourist destination it is today.
The Golden Shore, California's Love Affair With the Sea
by David Helvarg
In this eminently readable and well-researched tribute, Helvarg, an environmental journalist and filmmaker, considers the crosscurrents of culture, history, economy and myth that come together on the state’s golden shores.
Santa Catalina Island Guide and Dive Map
by Frankos
A folded map of California’s Santa Catalina Island that shows the entire island on one side and close-ups of Avalon and Two Harbors on the other side. Includes tourist details as well as helpful information for divers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Inventing the Dream, California Through the Progressive Era
by Kevin Starr
A historical portrait of California at the turn of the century, with a particular focus on the emergence of the Southern California culture.
RMS Queen Mary
by Andrew Britton
The Queen Mary is one of the most significant vessels in American history. Launched in 1936, she served in WWII then became a transatlantic passenger ship that ran between Southampton, England and New York. This book recounts the ocean liner’s illustrious history alongside unique, behind-the-scenes photographs.
Catalina Island
by Jeannine Pederson
Found off the coast of Southern California, the 76-square-mile Catalina Island has a storied history, including Native Americans and smugglers as well as chewing gum tycoon William Wrigley Jr. This installment of the Images of America introduces the island alongside historical photos.
Lonely Planet Los Angeles & Southern California
by Lonely Planet Publications
This practical guide to Los Angeles, San Diego, and Southern California features maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature, and plenty of information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. With color photographs and excellent travel information.
California the Beautiful
by Galen Rowell (Photographer)
Rowell's exquisite photographs are accompanied by excerpts from Joan Didion, M.F.K. Fisher, Jack London, William Saroyan and many other luminaries in this celebration of the nature and spirit of California.

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