The Queen Mary has an overall length of 1,019.5 feet and more than six decks. Grand stairways connect several floors, but elevators are available. Walk is approximately 1.5 hours. In Laguna Beach, walking and standing up to 1 hour, climbing stairs to outdoor amphitheater seats. We suggest you bring a sweater, jacket, or other warm outerwear in case it's cold. Blankets, seat cushions, and binoculars can be rented at the entrance.
Aboard the Queen Mary, enjoy a breakfast buffet featuring a variety of hot and cold items plus juices, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll then go on a walking field trip throughout the ship with one of the on-board experts and learn more about her fascinating history while visiting areas not accessible to the general public. We’ll learn about the R.M.S. Queen Mary’s history as one of the greatest luxury liners ever built. She boasts some of the finest, most beautifully designed interior decorations ever wrought for an ocean liner. Strongly influenced by the Art Deco movement of the 1920s-30s, they represented the best in shipboard elegance, function, and “modern” lines that set the standard of the times. There are elaborate murals, paintings, sculptures, objets d’art, and carvings in wood — more than 50 different types from around the world — that gave her the nickname Ship of Woods. Our instructor will present the history of the Pageant of the Masters, with a behind-the-scenes-view of how the illusions are produced. Among the highlights are objects featured in former pageants. The pageant is a key component of Laguna Beach’s annual Festival of Arts. This unique event consists of a series of “tableaux vivants” where real people recreate faithful likenesses of famous art works. The stage show takes place in an outdoor amphitheater with intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, live narration, an original score played by a professional orchestra, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers. After a short break, our instructor will showcase the artists and their work that will be featured in the evenings Pageant of the Masters performance.
Aboard the Queen Mary, we’ll have a hearty meal including coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You might like to see more of the Queen Mary on your own including the exhibit “Diana: Legacy of a Princess.” Late afternoon, we will regroup and board a motorcoach for the ride from Long Beach to Laguna Beach, our destination for the evening's performance of Pageant of the Masters. From humble beginnings 80-years ago, this summer-time performance is a sight to be scene! The Festival of Arts is a juried art show that features various media and is intended to be enjoyed prior to attending the performance.
On the Pageant grounds, we'll have boxed meals. Bistro tables and grassy areas provide a casual location to have a picnic. Seating is not reserved, you'll find your own place to enjoy the ambiance which often features not only art but interactive displays.
Pageant of the Masters: 8:30 p.m. Audiences have packed the amphitheater for this spectacle every summer since 1932. The living pictures we witness will reveal the significant others without whom the creation of great masterpieces might not have been possible. Sometimes, two is the magic number! The theme changes year to year. Our program was planned far in advance when details were not available. The information will be posted on our website when available and included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment. Returning to the ship, prepare for check out and transfer in the morning.