Winter is a time for ice-sculpting, just like summer is the season of sand castles, and spring is the best time to build a house out of rain. Suit the season with this Groupon.
$19 for Admission to The Ice Kingdom (Up to $39.95 Value)
- One ticket to The Ice Kingdom, a holiday festival running through Sunday, January 6 (up to a $24.95 value)
- Admission on the Queen Mary (up to a $15 value)<p>
Carved out of more than 2 million pounds of sparkling ice, The Ice Kingdom is ruled over by the beautiful Snow Queen from her Fairytale Castle. Nearby, a frosty model of The Queen Mary herself boasts an inviting slide off the bow, and the stalagmite-spiked Ice Cave recalls the North Pole’s peppermint mines. The colorful forms of Santa Claus and his tiny helpers toil away in Toyland, and three wise men gather around a manger beneath frigidly twinkling stars in the Nativity Scene. Besides this impossible, magical realm, Chill is home to Ice Tubing, Ice Skating, and a Holiday Village. Temperatures run low in this wintry wonderland—hovering around a frigid 9 degrees—and though parkas are provided, it is wise to dress accordingly.<p>
Since its maiden voyage in 1936, The Queen Mary has cultivated a colorful history: she transported iconic figures from Winston Churchill to Fred Astaire across the ocean blue, and even served as the world's fanciest troop transport during World War II. However, her historical exploits are more than matched by her modern-day splendor. Now at home in the Port of Long Beach, the venerable ship pairs her art deco trappings with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and nearby city. Guests at the onboard hotel recreate timeless transoceanic luxury during stays in her 346 staterooms (which include nine full suites). Their stays often include multiple trips to onboard restaurants such as the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar, as well as appearances at the weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon.
Of course, history remains an important draw for this singular ship. An onboard museum recounts the facts and figures of the ship's glory days, and tours touch upon some of her notable ghostly inhabitants and haunted areas amidships. This combination of contemporary amenities and historical charm make The Queen Mary an in-demand venue for conferences and events; fortunately, the ship boasts 80,000 square feet of event space spread across 17 sumptuous salons, as well as a trilevel, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall.