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by , SmarterTravel Staff - October 31, 2009
California: The Queen Mary

The Queen Mary

Once referred to as the Grey Ghost, the Queen Mary has long been synonymous with paranormal activity. Launched in 1936, she served as a war vessel during World War II and later as a passenger carrier before docking in Long Beach, California, in 1967. In 1972, the ship opened as a hotel, and ever since stories of otherworldly occurrences have run rampant.

With 49 reported deaths here, it's not too far-fetched to imagine a few souls remain. The first-class swimming pool is a particularly haunted area. Some have seen wet footsteps appear, even though the pool has been dry for nearly 30 years. Others have heard the echoing of happy voices ringing in the empty swimming room or seen women in vintage bathing suits.

To experience the phenomenon first-hand, you can stay aboard the ship for $149 per night for an inside twin stateroom during the summer. Or, you can choose from several spine-tingling tours led by a psychic or a paranormal specialist. These more in-depth tours start at $50 and take you to restricted areas of the ship.

For a more basic tour, the Ghosts and Legends Tour for $24.95 reenacts several of the sightings with special effects and includes a self-guided walking tour. The best deal is the Haunted Encounters Passport, which includes a self-guided shipwalk tour, a haunted encounters film and tour, a souvenir paranormal passport, a ticket to the Ghosts and Legends tour, and a ghost sightseeing scavenger hunt for $27.95.

(Photo: The Queen Mary)

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