Long considered one of the most haunted places on the planet, the Queen Mary’s prestige is rivaled only by its mystery. It is a veritable treasure trove for those with an inclination toward the paranormal and the supernatural. So it is no surprise that as summer turns into autumn, that this luxury cruise liner’s home is transformed from picturesque wharf into the devil’s bay known as Dark Harbor!
Since 2010 people have flocked to the fabled Grey Ghost for a glimpse into its former glory and haunted past, which were well on display on mazes like Soulmate and B340. But as I walked along their paths I noticed something different this year. The ship’s structure was exposed like never before, allowing one to really get a sense of its size and grandeur. From deep within the ship’s hull to the top of its sweeping decks overlooking the harbor, it seemed as if the creators were going out of their way to highlight the majesty of the storied Ghost. And they should as no other haunt has the good fortune of being hosted on such a historic vessel with such unique architecture. Walking down its dark narrow corridors you could almost see the past; with former passengers and sailors trying to get from one end to another… whether for good or ill is all part of the ship’s mystery and mystique. My favorite section was the catwalk that not only had one of the haunt’s best visuals but also provided a glimpse of the ship’s enormity. Unfortunately, the admiration was short lived as the denizens of the dead: deranged school girls, dead jilted lovers, and zombie shipmen all did their best to ensure that there was no return passage for you.
Those looking for something altogether new won’t be disappointed as this year Dark Harbor has added, Intrepid. This new attraction can only be described as a harrowing walk through a demented Scottish shipyard. As for those not willing to put in work, Intrepid’s demon, Iron Master, is more than ready to recruit your soul on his voyage to hell.
It’s not all horror and hell however, as the harbor does a really good job of creating a festive environment. There are shows ranging from fire breathers to dark stand-up, a paintball area, and even a swing that gives you a great view of the bay.
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Dark Harbor is rated PG-13 and receives: