Monday, April 25
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
Located in the beautiful Long Beach Harbor
Badges Required. Included with full conference registration and one-day Monday-only Retailer registrants. Individual tickets for Booth Staff are available for purchase until 7:00 pm Monday, April 25. Continuous shuttle service provided from the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Westin, Renaissance, Courtyard Marriott and Hilton hotels.
Please join us on the legendary Queen Mary for a once in a lifetime celebration. This kick-off event celebrates a few of our (and we hope your) favorite things: outstanding food, refreshing beverages in a one-of-a-kind historical setting. Welcome Receptions are legendary—come find out why and make sure you stay to the end – you won’t want to miss the surprise.
- For three years after her maiden voyage, the Queen Mary was the grandest ocean liner in the world carrying Hollywood celebrities like Bob Hope and Clark Gable, royalty like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and dignitaries like Winston Churchill.
- During this time she even set a new speed record, which she held for 14 years. But when the Queen Mary docked in New York in September 1939 that would be the last time she would carry civilian passengers for many years.
- As World War II started, the Queen Mary’s transformation into a troopship had begun. She was painted a camouflaged grey color and stripped of her luxurious amenities.
- Dubbed the “Grey Ghost” because of her stealth and stark color, the Queen Mary was the largest and fastest troopship to sail, capable of transporting as many as 16,000 troops at 30 knots.
- After the end of WWII, the Queen Mary began a 10-month retrofitting process, which would return the ship to her original glory.
- On July 21, 1947, the Queen Mary resumed regular passenger service across the Atlantic Ocean, and continued to do so for nearly two more decades.
- Now the historic Queen Mary sits in the Long Beach Harbor and boasts thousands of visitors on an annual basis.
Please note: This is an outdoor event, dress appropriate for the weather.