Ongoing Restoration

Joe Russo

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From the LA Times:

Goodbye, old paint: A new coat for the Queen Mary

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The Queen Mary’s signature black-and-orange smoke stacks, which can be seen from 20 miles away on a clear day, stood out a little brighter on today after receiving a fresh coat of ultra-low-emissions paint, and a commendation from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Read more at:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2008/11/goodbye-old-pai.html
 

Joe Russo

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Jason D. Tiller

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From the LA Times:

Queen Mary is getting a long-overdue makeover

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The Queen has seen better days.

A makeover has been long overdue for the venerable Queen Mary, the retired cruise ship turned tourist attraction and hotel docked in Long Beach Harbor since 1967.

For the rest, go to http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-queen-mary3-2010mar03,0,860188,full.story

Comment: There are some photos of the ship, through the first link on the left hand side of the page.
 

Sean Hankins

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I wouldn't exactly call most of what's going on "restoration". They've replaced the carpeting, drapes, and chairs in the three restaurants, none of which are original spaces to the Queen Mary. They're all contrived Long Beach amenities. Two of the three block the starboard promenade and the other was created by gutting the engineers top quarters. Meanwhile, the original a la carte restaurant the Verandah Grill, sits empty most of the time rather than being used for its original purpose, a restaurant.

The stateroom makeovers are merely a replacement of the long worn out soft furnishings. The wood paneling which is in desperate need of attention in many places remains unrestored, nor has the cold flourescent lighting added in the 1980s been addressed.

And let's not even get started on the pool that many have ben pushing for years to be restored for hotel guest use. It's still merely a run down, ghetto fabulous stop on the "Ghosts & Legends" tour.

Yes the soft furnishings were long overdue to be updated but until they change the way most of the ship is used, which right now is a two star posing as a three star hotel sandwiched between a multi purpose catering venue (the cause of most of the damage to the wood paneling with carts full of tables and chairs constantly smashing against it)and low end theme park, its essentially a waste of time and money.
 
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Sean, I couldn't agree more.
The "redecorating" is nice, and it needed to be done, but it's hardly "restoration", which as far as I know there has been none of yet under the new leaseholder.

If what we've read in another forum is true, that there was discussion of ripping out the original wood paneling in what remains of the 2nd Cl. smoking room, which Long Beach converted to a "wedding chapel", (because the magnificently styled paneling is "too dark") then proper restoration by these folks is probably not going to happen any time soon.