Queen Mary Poised to Undergo $15 Million Makeover
Photo courtesy of the Cunard Line.
Despite having been retired for nearly five decades, the iconic Queen Mary is set to receive an extensive makeover.
The Los Angeles Times reported the city of Long Beach, California — where the cruise ship turned hotel has been docked since 1967 — and local developer Urban Commons have their sights set on a $15 million renovation that will include enhanced guestrooms and suites as well as the development of additional amenities.
"What we will do is greatly enhance the guest experience," Urban Commons principal Taylor Woods told the Times. "We will stay true to the design, but we will bring a contemporary influence to our renovations."
The ship's 355 rooms and suites will be outfitted with larger flat-screen televisions as well as faster Wi-Fi service. Couches, beds, carpet and showers will also be replaced and upgraded.
Meanwhile, existing furniture including night stands, headboards and dressers will be refurbished in an effort to maintain some of the hotel's historic charm.
Oldschool carpet patterns reminiscent of the vessel's original 1930s carpet will also help accentuate the ship's history.
Renovations will begin in the coming months and are expected to be completed by the end of next year. However, work will be completed in stages so that the hotel can remain open throughout.
Outside of the guestrooms, Urban Commons is looking to add a music club in the boiler room and a cinema and sports area on the rear deck. Updates to the Observation Bar at the front of the ship could also be in the works.
But the enhancements to the hotel are just a small fraction of the developer's $250 million plan for the ship and the 45 acres that surround it. According to the Times, Urban Commons hopes to construct an additional hotel, a carousel, ferris wheel, several retail shops, multiple restaurants and even a small marina on the adjacent land.
Formal plans must still be submitted and approved, but the firm hopes some of the projects will come to fruition in as little as three years' time.
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