The retired Queen Mary ocean liner in Long Beach has a new management company at its helm.
Evolution Hospitality, based in Newport Beach, is banking that a third time’s the charm in its bid to run the operation. Evolution is the third company in recent years to operate the retired luxury liner.
The Queen Mary doesn’t go anywhere. She’s been docked in Long Beach since the late 1960s. Tourists may check into a hotel that occupies her old cabins, or just visit her restaurants and ballrooms there.
Decades ago, the city bought the Queen Mary from a shipping company. Over the years, Long Beach officials have landed deals with several firms — including Walt Disney Co. — to manage the ship and more than three dozen acres of oceanfront property alongside it.
Before Evolution Hospitality came into the picture Monday, a similar group out of New York ran the Queen Mary for about two years before it bailed.
Evolution officials said the company's long service in the hospitality industry should help it attract more tourists, and more money, to the former reigning monarch of the Atlantic.