On a trans-Atlantic cruise in 2007 on the Queen Mary 2 our route passed within a few miles of the spot where the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912. Although one spot on the open ocean tends to look a lot like any other, I wondered what it would be like to pass over the exact spot.
Anyone else who has wondered the same thing will have a chance to do just that, on April 15, 2012 – the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated ship’s collision with an iceberg, and subsequent sinking.
At least two cruise operators plan to send ships to the area. Miles Morgan Travel has started taking reservations for a chartered ship, Fred Olsen’s Balmoral, on a “Titanic Memorial Cruise”. They hope to travel with 1,309 paying passengers – the exact number the Titanic carried. The Balmoral will leave Southampton, England and travel to New York along pretty much the same route (icebergs permitting). It plans to be at the exact location of the sinking, for a memorial service, the morning of April 15. The company reports that most cabins are already sold out, although some bookings are still available at prices ranging from 3,395-5,995 British pounds.
Perhaps they will meet the Azamara Journey there; it will be coming from Boston on a nine-day itinerary starting April 10, with a stop in Halifax, Nova Scotia (dress warm: temps 28-45, rain likely, in mid-April), where the Titanic’s survivors and dead were taken. A cemetery in nearby Peggy’s Cove is where the most of the dead were buried. Azamara Club Cruises is working with a company called Voyages to Remember to plan the cruise. Prices on the Voyages to Remember website start at $3,999 and top out at $14,999 for suites – per person, double occupancy. (The Azamara website does not show this cruise yet; it has the Journey in the Caribbean at that time.)
Many Titanic-themed activities are planned, including a video linkup with a submersible, which will be at the wreck site – nearly three miles below on the sea floor.
Missing will be the infamous iceberg, which of course, has long since melted. But long after the Titanic disaster, ships in the area reported seeing an iceberg with slashes of red paint.
The whole thing sounds kind of spooky! Cue Celine Dion with the theme song, please.
April 15, 2010 (the 98th anniversary of the Titanic sinking)