Celebrate the New Year Aboard Queen Mary

Byline: Nu Yang

LONG BEACH — Revelers can say a fond farewell — or a “goodbye and good riddance” — to 2011 and ring in 2012 aboard the historic Queen Mary, starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 31. The New Year’s Eve celebration event continues until 2 a.m. and is intended for partiers who are 21 and older.

One ticket purchase lets attendees join in seven different onboard parties. The different celebrations allow party-goers to enjoy live jazz, sing along with dueling piano performances or put on their dancing shoes and boogie to music from the 1970s and 1980s or all-night sets by local DJs.

Two fireworks shows are scheduled — at 9 p.m. and midnight — on the starboard side of the ship, facing the city and Lighthouse Park.

Party-goers who come early can dine at one of Queen Mary’s signature restaurants — including Sir Winston’s, Chelsea Chowder House and Bar, and the Promenade Café — or enjoy a Grand Ballroom dinner buffet.

New Year’s Eve revelers who choose to stay aboard have the option of purchasing a hotel and ticket package. It includes an overnight stay in a historic Queen Mary stateroom, two tickets to the New Year’s Eve celebration, a special New Year’s Day champagne brunch for two and a commemorative gift.

A Royal VIP package is also available, including general admission and exclusive access to the VIP party on the bow of the ship.

General admission is $99 and includes unlimited access to all seven parties.

For tickets and more information, visit queenmary.com.

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