The Queen Mary shopping gallery on the Promenade Deck has a brand new look dating back 80 years. Officially opening on April 23, the fully restored boutiques replicate the glitzy art deco age when royals, celebs and worldwide elite sailed the Atlantic during that Golden Age of transatlantic travel.
To celebrate, free admission to the ship will be offered Wednesday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Located beneath Queen Mary’s portrait-in-relief by the main staircase, the boutique mall is again as exquisite as it was 80 years ago. Walking in the footsteps of the countless famous, you are surrounded by the beautiful woods, veneers and interior fittings that became irrelevant over the years as function surpassed beauty.
Over 2,000 square feet of retail and lobby space underwent rehabilitation or restoration. Woods and veneers were replaced or matched to the originals. Ceiling refurbishments included the removal of acoustical tiles to reveal the original ceiling’s defining features. The Starboard Shop’s Napoleon Marble fireplace hearth near Kenneth Shoesmith’s esteemed “Marketplace” painting is once again in full display. The Portside shop’s tufted leather panels at each end now reflect the ship’s post war re-fit and showcase original light fixtures.
“When Cunard designed the ship’s interior spaces there was a master plan. World-class artisans worked in concert with the shipbuilder and fitters; the result was harmonious interior design. Warm, luxurious interiors welcomed shoppers with a nautical elegance that was all Queen Mary. To resurrect this experience and to rekindle that spirit throughout the ship…including our retail outlets…continues to be my priority,” said Queen Mary General Manager John Jenkins. Event Network, a San Diego-headquartered retail consultant and facilities operator, has been working with the ship on the restoration of the shops.
There are five affected areas with each shop reflecting its decades of the ship’s storied history. The Portside Marketplace, originally the first class library, offers women’s accessories, jewelry, apparel, books and ship souvenirs. The Centerline Boutique, once a gentlemen’s Austin Reed of Regent Street haberdashery, now features gourmet foods, chocolates, packaged teas, candy and other items. The Starboard shop, once the first class drawing room, offers men’s accessories, apparel, books and ship mementos. The original Tobacco Shop, now a wine boutique and tasting room, exclusively features Malibu Family Winery vintages. And across the lobby, a small sundries and stationery store has become the Wyndham Vacations Visitor’s Center.
The Queen Mary is located in Long Beach Harbor. For directions and more information, go to queenmary.com.
Photos courtesy of the Queen Mary