Though it is possible to appear elegant by gluing rhinestones to exposed skin, filling pants-pockets with loose caviar, or paying for a piggyback ride from Sean Connery, there are simpler, more enjoyable methods. Sup in sophistication with today's Groupon: for $39, you get admission for two people to champagne Sunday brunch on the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
The opulent dining room's polished wood and burgundy plush brim with the spread of the Queen Mary's vibrant champagne brunch. Glide through an edible constellation of over 50 culinary stars, from eggs benedict and omelets to belgian waffles, while an inexhaustible supply of champagne fills vintage-style flutes with soothing effervescence. Savory smoked salmon, shrimp, oysters, and mussels pepper Poseidon's yearbook of oceanic delights, while freshly-baked pies, cakes, and chocolate-covered strawberries round out a roster of delicacies more dulcet than a lullaby crooned by a cupcake. Live entertainers ensure that glasses are consistently hoisted in the stylish grand salon amid the mouthwatering proliferation of entrees, pastas, Mexican and Asian fare, and children's buffet. Bask in the sophistication of the first-class dining room aboard the historic vessel, which first set sail in 1936, and has served as a World War II troop ship and aquatic playground to myriad celebrities and royalty.
_The Queen Mary_
Since its maiden voyage in 1936, The Queen Mary has cultivated a colorful history by transporting iconic figures from Winston Churchill to Fred Astaire across the ocean blue, as well as serving as troop transport in a world war. Today, passengers board the famous ocean liner to tour historical and haunted areas amidships or stay overnight in an onboard hotel. Visitors rub elbows at seasonal soirees and dive into historical exhibits, fueling up at restaurants, bars, and cafés for a literal taste of The Queen Mary's brand of luxury.