While adventure travel has become popular with tourists looking for more than just your average run-of- the-mill tour vacation, several new cruises designed to follow the originally intended route of the doomed ocean liner Titanic may be taking things a little too far.
The Titanic Memorial Cruise, set to depart from Southampton, England on April 8, will retrace the original voyage of the Titanic in commemoration with the 100th anniversary of the famed ocean liner's voyage. Fred Olsen Cruise Line is also offering a mini-Titanic cruise aboard the ship's 1,309-passenger Balmoral ship. For $4,018, passengers will spend 12 days at sea, but currently there is only room available on the waiting list for interested travelers. Additionally, the 694-passenger Azamara Journey is also booked to visit the resting place of the Titanic on April 15 after departing from New York and making one stop in Nova Scotia. This eight-night cruise will cost participants $4,900 per person.
Those travelers with a more adventurous side can get a much closer look at the ship for during the 100th anniversary. Deep Ocean Expeditions has coordinated four trips to the wreckage of the Titanic starting in July. Seeing the Titanic, however, will make a titanic impact on a person's bank account as the trips (not including airfare to and from the port) cost $59,680 a person.
During these expeditions, participants will be at sea for 12 to 13 days after leaving from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, as they steam toward the Titanic crash site. Once at the crash site, divers will be able to board a compact MIR submarine for an eight to 10 hour trip down to the crash site. The 12,500 foot descent takes two and a half hours, but once at the bottom of the ocean, visitors will spend four hours exploring the wreckage of the infamous White Star Line Vessel.
Here's to hoping that history doesn't repeat itself.