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Floating Hotels, Hostels, Lodges and Riverboats

Floating Hotels, Hostels, Riverboats, Lodges and more Inns and More

Queen Mary Hotel - Long Beach, California

Queen Mary Hotel - Long Beach, California  
Queen Mary sailed on her maiden voyage on 27 May 1936 and captured the Blue Riband in August of that year; she lost the title to SS Normandie in 1937 and recaptured it in 1938. With the outbreak of World War II, she was converted into a troopship and ferried Allied soldiers for the duration of the war. Following the war, Queen Mary was refitted for passenger service and along with Queen Elizabeth commenced the two-ship transatlantic passenger service for which the two ships were initially built. The two ships dominated the transatlantic passenger transportation market until the dawn of the jet age in the late 1950s. After several years of decreased profits for Cunard Line, Queen Mary was officially retired from service in 1967 and sailed to the port of Long Beach, CA.  The ship now serves as a tourist attraction featuring restaurants, a museum, and hotel.
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Flying over King Pacific Lodge

King Pacific Floating Lodge - British Columbia, Canada  
King Pacific Lodge, A Rosewood Resort, was named the world's number one wilderness lodge for 2006 by prestigious Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report. King Pacific Lodge is a one-of-a-kind luxury floating wilderness lodge anchored in a sheltered harbor along the shores of Princess Royal Island in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia. Guests enjoy interpretative hikes, sea kayaking, beach combing, heli-hiking, whale watching, wildlife viewing, star gazing, floatplane tours, fly-tying instruction, cultural tours with the indigenous Gitga'at, searches to view the rare cream-colored 'Spirit Bear,' saltwater trolling, fly-fishing and remote freshwater heli fly-fishing. Guests return from the activities to their beautifully appointed, comfortable accommodations and gourmet meals paired with award-winning wines.
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Alaska Pirates Pride Tugboat Bed and Breakfast - Juneau, Alaska

Alaska Pirates Pride Tugboat B&B - Juneau, Alaska
The Heritage vessel Alaska Pirate’s Pride(APP), built by Stone Boat Works of San Francisco in 1927 is streamlined by her Steam Boat hull configuration and core construction from Alaska Sitka Fir. The Alaska Pirate’s Pride remains an authentic vessel, stable platform, smooth on the water and beautiful on the eye. The Alaska Pirate’s Pride motor yacht is an 86 foot converted Tugboat based in Juneau, Alaska. This unique vessel can accommodate 8 guests in 4 state rooms including 2 double, 1 single and 1 ‘family style room” custom built in oak with 8 bunk beds. Since her retirement from shipping, APP has been performing in top shape in her new role of cruising the Inside Passage of Alaskan Coastal waters and offering a comfortable home to Captain Bud, his wife Bert and many visitors.  
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The Vita Nova Floating Hostel in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Vita Nova Floating Hostel in Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Vita Nova, originally named the Tijdgeest was built and launched in 1913. It traveled in and around Holland carrying various types of cargos in the winter and pleasure passengers in the summer. The first passengers were members of the Christian church and had to sleep in hammocks slung between the decks. The present owners took over the boat in 1996 and after a major refit, it has been used for the pleasure routes ever since. In the summer, she can be found cruising the waterways of Holland and the rest of the year, she is moored in Amsterdam close to the central railway station and is used as a floating hotel. There are twenty four cabins on two decks, cabins are one or two berths with or without shower; there are separate showers on both decks. 
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The Delta King Riverboat in Old Sacramento, California

The Delta King Riverboat in Old Sacramento, California
The Delta King Hotel in Old Sacramento is a unique Sacramento treasure. The authentic riverboat plied the Sacramento River between San Francisco and Sacramento from 1927 to 1940. During World War II it served as a troop transport on San Francisco Bay. After the war the Delta King became a derelict roaming the Delta, without purpose or home. It sank at Richmond in San Francisco Bay in 1982 for a period of 18 months. In 1984 the Delta King was brought to Sacramento where it underwent an extraordinary renovation at a cost of $9 million. Today it is a beautiful floating hotel with modern lodging amenities, 2 acclaimed restaurants offering casual and fine dining, 2 professional theaters, a wine school and exceptional facilities for weddings and meetings. The Delta King is the best of the old world and the new.  
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