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The Queen Mary (SM) Arrives in Demonic Dark Harbor Oct. 1

The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor premieres Oct. 1 and runs 18 nights through Oct. 31.  (PRNewsFoto/Queen Mary)

Eighteen nights of wild, wicked and way-out frights await in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- With its haunted history and new take on Halloween attractions, the Queen Mary's Dark Harbor premieres tomorrow night creating what is sure to be a new October tradition in Southern California.

Chill-seekers looking for a change from the area's usual theme-park scares are in for a terrifying treat as the reportedly haunted ship docks in Dark Harbor to thrill the lost souls who dare enter her seven Halloween-themed mazes and attractions.

To enter this harbor of the damned, all guests will have to navigate through a 220-foot maze of cargo containers encountering some of the 160 monsters producing an estimated 270,000 scares each night. The three shipboard mazes--with names like 'Submerged,' 'Containment,' and 'Hellfire'—showcase pyrotechnical, atmospheric and watery special effects (recycling through tens of thousands of gallons of water each hour). On shore, two other mazes--'The Village of the Damned' and 'The Cage'--ensnare visitors not already mesmerized by the imposing sight of 'Hell's Bells Tower.' Constructed with the help of Long Beach's longshoremen, the tower is built from 11 cargo containers stacked four stories high, towering 33 feet and shooting 20-foot flames. Performances by local bands, food and drinks in the Night Mariners' Bar, and an additional monster-filled attraction known as The Barricades will keep guests at the Queen Mary's Dark Harbor eerily entertained.

Tickets, which start at only $35 plus parking, are expected to sell quickly. A limited number of Fast Fright passes at $55 provide front-of-the-line privileges and are available to guests who can't wait to meet their fate in the five mazes. Tickets may be purchased in-person at the ship or on-line at Ticketmaster.

Prepare for the thrill of a lifetime: Oct. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 21-24 and 27-31 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Visit for tickets, hotel packages and other details.

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About the Queen Mary
Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco decor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. Its award-winning restaurants include the signature Sir Winston's as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship's Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship's museum and Behind the Scenes tour while guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends tour. 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 spanning three decks including eight full suites which have hosted a variety of colorful characters from World War II leaders to British royalty and the stars of Hollywood's golden era. For more information or for reservations, see or call (800) 437-2934.

SOURCE Queen Mary