Hello. We just stayed at the Queen Mary over this past new years, for a new years cruise. The price was almost the same for a hyatt room, at Long Beach which is close to the port also. It could of been even cheaper, but we choose a "First class stateroom" with breakfast included. There were cheaper rooms in the second class staterooms. I was neat to stay on the Queen Mary. I grew up in the Long Beach area, and it was a childhood dream of mine to stay on her, even for one night. They had early check in for the Carnival cruise in the Queen Mary, which started at 11am. So, we checked in on the Queen Mary at 11am, then hung out at the Queen Mary till is was time to board. We walked, with our roller luggage to the carnival cruise port, a short walk we thought. No long lines to wait in, we just walked to the embarkation point. You can check Queen Mary rates on their website. Hope this helps. Lil' Lori
Zita -I lived in Southern California for several years and I found the Queen Mary was an ideal and very amenable way to prepare to set sail from Long Beach/San Pedro. I believe the rates are quite comparable to shore based facilities and a heck of a lot more fun!!
L'il Lori, aren't those first class staterooms great? We stayed in one that was a suite -- not a lot of $ for what we got -- and we joked that our son had his own cabin. His bed was inside a separate room within our stateroom, complete with sink, just as you entered from the main hallway. It was presumably maids or servants quarters at one time. My only disappointment was that the former First Class dining salon was closed for a private conference. I suppose I'll just have to go back.
One of the Carnival ships was in port while we were there, and we met several pax who either stayed onboard The Mary or who were touring her prior to boarding their ship.
Yeah, I loved our first class stateroom. We did not get a renovated one. I guess they have some rooms that are more renovated that others. I wanted the real deal. I thought it was very convenient to the carnival port. I would definatly recommend it to other people. Lil' Lori