1. The RMS
The 2015 CHARM and pre-conference Doctoral Workshop
will be held aboard the RMS Queen Mary, permanently moored in Long
Beach, California. Launched in 1936, the Queen Mary is one of the
most famous and storied ocean liners in history, having made over
1000 transatlantic crossings including service as a troop transport
in WWII. She came to Long Beach in 1967 and is today a hotel,
conference facility, and historic site. Her restored interiors are
considered magnificent examples of art deco design. The ship is
listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the National
Trust for Historic Preservation has accepted the Queen Mary to be
part of the Historic Hotels of America. Much additional information
is available at
Since all scheduled CHARM activities will take place
on the Queen May (with the exception of an optional dinner
cruise - see 5., below), registrants are encouraged to stay on board. The
CHARM room rate is $125 per night for both single and double rooms.
All guest room rates are exclusive of applicable state and local
taxes (currently 15.065%) and a $9.95 per per day facility fee to
include in-room local and domestic long distance calls up to 30
minutes per call, in-room internet access, unlimited entry to the
24/7 fitness center and self-guided tour of the Ship. This rate is
per room. Shared rooms are priced at the same rate.
Registrants should make their
guest room reservations by calling 877-342-0742 in the U.S. and
Canada (+1 714-755-3400 outside U.S. and Canada) or by booking
online. Be sure to
request the 2015 CHARM Conference rate to receive this special group
rate. To book online,
access the room reservation system directly
here or visit the
Queen Mary website and book a
reservation online using Booking Code
If you book online, you may
notice a Resort Fee charge of $14.95 per day. The resort fee of
$9.95 per day should ultimately be reflected in your bill, according
to QM staff. You may want to verify at check-in or checkout. Standard check-in time is 4:00PM; check-out time is 12:00PM.
Any cancellations must be make at least 48 hours prior to arrive
date. The Conference rate is guaranteed from May 26 to June 2,
Long Beach has a number of large hotels. Closest to the Queen Mary
(about a 10-minute walk) is the Hotel Maya, a DoubleTree by Hilton.
Several more hotels are about a 30-minute walk. These include the
Hyatt Regency Long Beach, the Renaissance Long Beach, the Westin
Long Beach, the Courtyard Long Beach Downtown, and the Varden Hotel.
All of these will probably be more expensive than our Queen Mary
conference rate, but they are newer and the rooms will likely be
bigger than the ship's staterooms.
Arrivals by Air
attendees, especially those arriving internationally, will fly into
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). It is 22.3 miles (35.9 km)
from the Queen Mary. A taxi will probably cost a good $60-75,
airport shuttles perhaps half that amount. In off-peak traffic, the
drive takes about 30 minutes. In the afternoon and evening, it will
take 45 minutes or more.
options are Long Beach Airport (LGB) and John Wayne International
Airport in Orange Country (SNA). Small and relatively charming as
airports go, Long Beach serves direct flights from and to Boston,
NYC/JFK, DC/Dulles, Austin, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Seattle
Portland, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Oakland, and San Francisco. It is
10.8 miles (17.4 km) north of the Queen Mary, about a 20-minute
drive. John Wayne is 29.9 miles (48.1 km) away, about 40 minutes or
more by freeway depending on traffic. It serves much of the U.S.
and has flights to Mexico City and Vancouver.
Transportation in Long Beach and to Los Angeles
California is not as well endowed with public transportation as
other urban areas, and distances are challenging, but one can get
around with enough time and patience.
Transit takes you just about anywhere you want to go in the city
addition to regular bus service, the free Passport bus connects the
Queen Mary with a number of places downtown. If you like going by
water, the AquaBus and AquaLink will take you from the Queen Mary to
the Hotel Maya, Aquarium, Pine Avenue, and Shoreline Village,
Belmont Pier, and Alamitos Bay Landing.
If you want
to travel up to Los Angeles, the Metro website (http://www.metro.net/)
has an easy to use trip planner. The "Blue Line" has two stations
in downtown Long Beach. It will take you to downtown Los Angeles
with stations at Pico (1236 S. Flower St.) and 7th
St./Metro Center (660 S. Figueroa St.). At 7th St./Metro
connections can be made with the Red, Purple, and Green lines.
Click on the map below for a
of downtown Long Beach
Optional Saturday Evening Dinner Cruise
CHARM attendees (and a guest) may wish to join
with other CHARMers on an optional Saturday evening barbecue dinner
Spirit Cruises' Pacific Spirit.
The cruise will depart Shoreline Village, located across the bay
from the Queen Mary, at 6:30PM and return at 9:00PM. Attendees will
be able to walk to and from the yacht or take a nearby Aqua Cab or
taxi. The price for this optional event is $69. Attendees may bring
a guest for an additional $69. NOTE: This is an optional event, not
included in your CHARM registration. Please pay when you register.
We must obtain an accurate headcount in advance of CHARM.
Long Beach Restaurants
Mary features several restaurants and bars including Sir Winston's
Restaurant & Lounge, Chelsea Chowder House & Bar, Promenade Cafe
Observation Bar & Art Deco Lounge, and the Tea Room. The Midship
Marketplace for coffee, sandwiches, and snacks. For more details
Long Beach is well stocked with restaurants. The Pike has 16
and Shoreline Village has 14 more (see
Pine Avenue has still more eateries including L'Opera Ristorante (www.lopera.com/)
where the 2005 CHARM held its optional Saturday dinner. If there is
sufficient demand, we may make reservations early during the
conference at one or two of these restaurants for Saturday
on-your-own evening dining.
Activities and Attractions
Mary has a variety of guided tours and exhibits, such as the
Princess Diana Exhibit and the Ghosts & Legends Tour. Some are more
or less permanent, others temporary. See
Long Beach has additional attractions. Nearby are the Aquarium of
the Pacific (www.aquariumofpacific.org/),
the Long Beach Museum of Art (http://lbma.org/),
and the Museum of Latin American Art (www.molaa.com/).
You can walk to the Aquarium in 20 minutes from the Queen Mary. The
museums will take you 45 minutes on foot.
If you have
an extra day, consider taking the Catalina Express to Catalina
Round trips at this writing are $74.50 ($68.00 for seniors 55+).
The boat ride takes about an hour. The boats depart from 320 Golden
Shore in Long Beach, about a 25 minute walk from the Queen Mary.
California boasts world-class art museums including the Los Angeles
County Museum of Art (www.lacma.org/),
the Museum of Contemporary Art
the Getty Center in Brentwood (http://www.getty.edu/visit/center/),
the Getty Villa in Malibu (http://www.getty.edu/visit/villa/),
and the Huntington Library and Museum in San Marino (www.huntington.org/).
The architecture of the two Getty museums is outstanding. The
Huntington also has exquisite Japanese and Chinese gardens and the
world's largest outdoor collection of cacti and succulent plants.
Reaching either Getty or the Huntington by public transportation,
while not impossible, would be difficult.
worthwhile museums include the Autry National Center of the American
the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (http://www.nhm.org/site/),
the fossil rich Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits (http://www.tarpits.org/),
and the Petersen Automotive Museum (www.petersen.org/).
The Page and the Peterson are both very near LACMA.
park aficionados, we have Disneyland in Anaheim and Knott's Berry
Farm in Buena Park, both of which are in nearby Orange County, and
Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles.
And do not
forget the Hollywood Sign and the nearby Griffith Observatory, Walt
Disney Concert Hall downtown, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
daytime highs for the end of May are about 75 OF (24
OC) and lows about 60 OF (15 OC).
Chances of rain are miniscule and sun should be plentiful. However,
this time of year we often have "May gray" or "June gloom"
conditions where low clouds are present in the morning and sometimes
linger into the afternoon, especially near the ocean. A light
jacket or sweater will be necessary for the evenings.
For additional information about the Conference contact: