This Halloween Season the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

The Iconic Ship Introduces a New Maze and New Spirits Inspired by the Real-Life Hauntings on the Queen Mary

Often cited as one of the most haunted places in the world, the Queen Mary announces the return of its annual Dark Harbor event this Halloween season. A new maze and new characters inspired by some of the ship’s most famous spirit inhabitants adds a new dimension to the Halloween experience that blurs the lines between paranormal and reality. 

Beginning October 5, Dark Harbor returns for 15 nights of terror offering a completely unique and unpredictable experience as guests venture through six fright-filled mazes haunted by more than 250 monsters, ghouls and sprits. The event also features live entertainment, food and beverages.

New for the 2012 Halloween season is the petrifying maze, Deadrise, a WWII escort ship that helped guide the Queen Mary, at that time known as The Grey Ghost, through enemy waters until the two ships had a fatal collision. Since 1942, Deadrise has been resting in its watery grave, but The Captain has called the ship and its sailors to escort him and his ghosts and monsters as they battle against the living to reclaim Dark Harbor.

“Each year we try to expand the Dark Harbor event, and up the scare factor for our guests,” said JJ Wickham, production designer and art director of Dark Harbor. “Utilizing the well-documented haunted history of the ship for this year’s theme promises to provide guests more terrifying twists than ever before.”

Led by The Captain, this year’s event features five new characters based on the Queen Mary’s haunted history.

  • The Captain – Captain of the Grey Ghost during WWII, he’s still protecting his undead troops.
  • Samuel the Savage – Locked in room B340 after a violent outburst, Samuel was later found ripped apart in his room and is now locked forever in Containment – or is he?
  • Graceful Gale – This classic beauty boarded the ship in 1939 and then disappeared without a trace. Now Gale haunts the dance floor looking for a new partner – for eternity.
  • Half Hatch Henry – A young firefighter who was crushed by hatch #13, Henry roams the ship’s mazes looking for action.
  • Scary Mary – The ship’s youngest soul has haunted the ship since her drowning in the pool. Mary’s always looking for a new playmate.

“Dark Harbor is unlike any theme-park haunt with its history of documented paranormal activity,” said Erika Frost, psychic paranormal expert. “Queen Mary staff members, countless guests and paranormal tour participants have experience and encountered the spirits firsthand, and as you make your way through the six mazes, you will find yourself questioning your own reality.”

Dark Harbor is not only the most unique haunted experience in Southern California but also the best value with ticket prices starting at just $20 online, with FastFright, VIP Passes and lodging packages also available. Dark Harbor will be open October 5-7; 12-14; 18-21 and 25-28, 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit

 About the Queen Mary

Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Glory Days tour, guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Tea Room. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 314 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.


  1. ooh…this sounds fun! I love the Queen Mary!

  2. I saw this deal today and it made me think of this review. Half price tickets deal available for the next two days. I think it is for select dates but I thought it was worth sharing.

  3. Can’t wait! Going this week!

  4. Thanks for the info! This was soooooooooooo scary!!!

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