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Queen for a Day With Discounts

March 23, 1997|HANK KOVELL

Travelers 55 and older can get discounts on the Queen Mary, a landmark attraction and hotel that is observing the 30th anniversary of its arrival in Long Beach, Calif.

But you may not have much time to use the discounts. The Long Beach City Council will decide in mid-April whether to allow the operator, Joseph F. Prevratil, to tow it to Japan to raise money for repairs and restoration. The ship may be gone for three to five years.

In the meantime, senior room rates on weekdays will be $67.50 (usually $72 to $153) and $72 to $153 for weekends (usually $80 to $160).

Admission for seniors to the Shipwalk Tour is also discounted: $9 (regular price $11). A combination ticket that offers the self-guided Shipwalk Tour and a guided tour to areas not open to the public is $13 (regular price $15).

Luncheons are served in the Promenade Cafe on Tuesdays with a choice of three prix fixe meals at $7 or $9 with dessert (usually $12). Dancing to big band music is in the Queen's Salon.

The Royal Wedding Chapel on the Queen Mary is celebrating its 25th anniversary. On June 1, the ship is inviting former brides and grooms to participate in a mass renewal of vows. The cost will be $25 per couple, which includes the ceremony and a champagne and cake reception.

The Queen Mary has three restaurants. The Promenade Cafe is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sir Winston's, the dinner room serving California and continental cuisine, is open from 5:30 to 10 p.m.; and the Chelsea, which features seafood specialties and views of the harbor. Lunch is served weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

For a brochure or reservations on the Queen Mary or the restaurants, call (562) 435-3511.

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Vantage Deluxe World Travel, a Boston-based company that specializes in tours for travelers 50 and older, is offering a 16-day escorted tour to China and Hong Kong on various dates May through October. Participants visit five cities in China: Beijing, Shashi, Wuhan, Xian and Fengjia, and have three nights in Hong Kong. A six-night Yangtze River cruise provides deluxe staterooms with two lower beds and private bath.

The price ranges between $4,395 and $4,995 per person, double occupancy, which includes round-trip air transportation from Los Angeles, a tour director, first-class hotels, daily breakfasts and a welcome dinner. Meals in Hong Kong include daily full American breakfasts and a farewell dinner. Accommodations in Hong Kong will be at the first-class Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers. Group size is limited to 40.

For complete information, call Vantage Deluxe World Travel at (800) 784-0935.

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