Hollywood Grade Special Effects Added to the Ghosts and Legends TourThis is not the tour you may remember from the past. Hollywood grade special effects and sounds were added to make the experience truly frightening. Holographic ghosts float overhead. Fountains spill water like the ship was sinking and all of this is choreographed to a soundtrack straight out of a horror movie. The tour group was provided with flashlights to guide their way into the dark corners of the ship. You may not want to fully rely on them for illumination.
Real Ghosts of the Queen Mary IncludedIn addition to the ambiance, the ship’s history was integrated into the script. The Queen Mary consistently rates as one of the top 10 most haunted places in the United States. Over 200 souls were lost on or as a result of the Queen Mary. In fact, three, in particular, are, now permanent ghosts and haunt the new attraction, assuming you are unlucky enough to see them. They include Jackie, a young girl who drowned in the Queen Mary’s pool, an infamous crewman who was crushed by door #13 in the engine room, and the Lady in White who is known to haunt the Observation Bar to this date. These are some of the vignettes also found on Dark Harbor, which runs during Halloween.
Nothing Can Recreate the Authentic Queen MaryThe most terrifying part of the tour is that it leads through some of the scariest and most decrepit areas of the ship itself. No amount of Hollywood magic or money could reproduce the unique atmosphere of Queen Mary’s boiler room. During the tour, I heard others stating how impressed they were with the design of the boiler room, not realizing that it was untouched, at least not by human hands. The musty smell will stay with you long after the tour ends. The boiler room is certainly one of the scariest places you may ever visit.
Details of the Ghosts and Legends TourIf you have a fear of dark dank places, this may not be the tour for you. If, on the other hand, you are looking for an immersive experience aboard an authentically haunted ship, I would highly recommend giving the tour another look. The renovation added a flash and wow factor that doesn’t detract from the authenticity of the surroundings. There may be other ghost tours, but none can replicate the history that is all around you when touring on the Queen Mary.
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