The trouble with Queen Mary is shes a hotel , conference/wedding venue and an attraction. Three types of customers. The hotel side mean guests are staying on her because they WANT to stay.Granted there are tour groups, but again they are staying beacuse its Queen Mary. Its not as though theres a great other reason to stay.
Conferences are generally 9am -3pm things break for lunch and away they go. They also take up one of the lounges so visitors wont get a chance to see that side. And the wedding side is a room that you wont get into see fully. With weddings you have the invited few and a meal afterwards. how many of those are expected to stay on QM.
Indeed with the Cunard Brides at sea, just how many extra guests are they getting sailing on a wedding trip.6, 10,50,200 ?
A hotel on the location of Queen Mary island , are we talking a Motel 6 or Marriott. There might be trade from the cruise ships leaving from San Diego, but at the moment there is no reason at all to go the Queen Mary unless you are going to see her, theres nothing else down there.
The day trippers venture onboard take a tour or just have a look around and l do often wonder if they get what they are seeing, l keep saying to really experience her you need to stay the night. Iv stayed the past two Christmas day nights and shes been full, a fact l still cant quite believe, who stays in a hotel on Christmas day night ?
Her Sunday brunch consistantly voted the best in Southern California is still crowd pulling and one of the best.
It would be nice to see in time, part of the gangway structure pulled down, that bit is hard on the eyes and tends to hide the wonder of seeing Queen Mary in her glory. and the fact is the stern end top tiers are hardly used, and the long walkway between the tiers again hardly used.
I do hope the Queen Mary island ventures goes ahead, it will bring much needed visitors to that part of town, but come what may l will always be staying onboard Hotel Queen Mary.
And if you have read thus far, do click on the link and see whats shes all about, it might, just might surprise you. http://www.queenmary.com/