December 29, 2011 by staff
It’s a voyage that could be considered morbid, but in fact all 1,309 places on the Titanic memorial cruise sold out a year ago, with the top tickets selling for as much as $9.300.
According to the trip’s planners the most poignant part of the new journey (which will sail with the same number of passengers as on the original voyage) will come seven days into the trip.
On April 14, 2012 – one hundred years to the very day in 1912 that the ship’s lookouts shouted: ‘Iceberg, right ahead!’ – the passengers on this remarkable new voyage will experience a chilling echo of history.
When an iceberg hit the Titanic’s starboard side disaster struck and the ship sank at 2.20 A.M. on April 15. 2,224 passengers and crew had come aboard for the maiden voyage and 1,514 died.
The 2012 12-night cruise will be aboard the liner Balmoral, chartered by Titanic Memorial Cruises.
Passengers are scheduled to participate in a memorial service at the sinking site and will also eat the same 11-course meal served to the Titanic’s first-class diners, including oysters, roast pigeon and sautéed chicken Lyonnaise.
Conscious of the controversy the memorial trip is generation in some circles, Miles Morgan of Titanic Memorial Cruises told the Daily Mail the voyage was not ‘disaster v****rism’ and he claimed the passenger list includes relatives of both victims and survivors.
‘We’ve heard stories from guests who are having dresses created by top designers especially for the event and requests from musicians who want to audition to be part of the famous string quartet (which played on as it sank),’ he told the Mail.
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