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Thank you for purchasing your 2018 Sapphire Awards Gala ticket! Here is some important information you will need as we approach this exciting event.


RMS Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
Wednesday February 14, 2018
7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Cocktail hour will begin at 7:30 PM. There is no need to arrive any earlier unless you wish to explore the ship. The ship is permanently docked; no paddling will be required.

There is only one entrance, signage to the exact location of the Gala aboard the ship will be visible and staff will be on-hand to direct you.


The RMS Queen Mary is conveniently located 1.9 miles / 7 minutes from the Long Beach Convention Center where Strategies in Light 2018 will take place.

The easiest way to get to the venue is by using a public ride service such as an Uber, Lyft, or cab for approximately $6-$10. They did not pay us to put those recommendations in here, but that would have been nice, wouldn’t it?

If you choose to drive your own vehicle, there is free and ample parking in The Queen Mary parking lot. Please mention The Sapphire Awards to avoid any charges. Using an assured voice with the parking attendant will let them know you mean business – free parking business.


Formal attire suggested but not required. Please leave your boating attire (such as bathing suits, sunhats, and boat shoes) at home because this is a formal event.


If purchased online prior to January 31, 2018, they were mailed directly to the address provided on your ticketing form. Exceptions are those who purchased their ticket through the Strategies in Light registration portal, or those who specifically requested their tickets be held at will-call.

All tickets purchased after January 31, 2018, through the Strategies in Light registration portal, or specifically requested not to be mailed, will be held at will-call during Strategies in Light. Please visit the conference desk located on the Lower Level by Seaside 52 only at the following times to pick up your tickets:

Tuesday February 13, 2018: 8 AM PST – 4 PM PST

Wednesday February 14, 2018: 8 AM PST – 11:30 AM PST**

To enter the Sapphire Awards Gala, please follow the signage to the designated hall aboard the RMS Queen Mary.  There will be a registration table as you walk in where you will present your ticket and given your table assignment.

If you do not have your ticket upon entry (lost, unable to pick up at will-call, etc), you will be asked to show a form of identification to gain entry to the event. Phrases such as “I’m with the band” will not gain you access -- if you were in fact with the band, you would be extremely late for rehearsal.


All seating has been pre-assigned. You will receive your table assignment upon entry to the Gala.

If you have any questions, comments or compliments, please contact Danielle at danielleb@pennwell.com or 603-620-1443.