Long Beach, California – Visits to the Queen Mary were banned for about two years after the pandemic started, but that may change very soon.
The City of Long Beach has retained control over the Queen Mary for the first time in more than 40 years in 2021.
Located in Long Beach since the 1960s, the ship has become a major attraction on the city shore.
The city is now attempting to repair the Queen Mary, and authorities have said that there is a lot of work to be done.
“Some structural repairs, the bilge pump system, some early fire and water detection systems. So once these repairs are done, the ship will be ready for reopening, but then there will be longer term improvements that will be necessary at the ship as well,” director of public works in Long Beach, Eric Lopez, said.
The Queen Mary is being repaired at a cost of $5 million dollars, and authorities are expecting it will be accessible to the public by the end of 2022.
“I’ve heard a lot about people wanting to come back, so we are excited we are heading toward that point where we will be able to reopen the ship,” Lopez said.
For up-to-date information about the Queen Mary, you may visit longbeach.gov.