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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

How to Celebrate the Titanic's 100th Anniversary?

2012 marks the 100th Anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Titanic and you just know that there are going to be some big events planned to celebrate in both the US and UK. One thing that I just recently read about is the Titanic Memorial Cruises – and there are three to choose from. Now just FYI, they are mostly all booked, so if you feel compelled to take part in one of these experiences, you had better book it NOW!

The Memorial Cruise from Southampton follows the itinerary of the fated voyage of the Titanic. This 12 night cruise departs Southampton, England on April 8, 2012 – the ship will pass by Cherbourg, France and will stop in Cobh, Ireland (both were ports of call for Titanic). Time will be spent on the 14th and 15th of April at the site where Titanic sank – including a 2:20 AM Memorial Service at the time the ship sank. There will then be a stop at Halifax, Canada where you can visit the Fairview Lawn Cemetery where many victims of the disaster were buried. The final stop will be in New York City on the 20th of April – Titanic’s intended destination. Throughout the trip you will be treated to lectures about various aspects of Titanic, as well as dine on many of the same dishes and listen to the same music. Prices begin at £3,650 (about $5,967 US) per person.

The Mini Cruise from Southampton is a 5 night cruise from April 3rd to April 8th. Departing from Southampton, where Titanic began its voyage, you will travel to Liverpool, England (where the White Star Line is based and many of the crew members were from) and then on to Belfast, Ireland (where the ship was built). This tour does not visit the Titanic site. Prices begin at £449 (about $734 US) per person.

The Anniversary Cruise from New York is an 8 night cruise. You set sail from New York City, where Titanic was intended to land, travel to Halifax, Canada to visit the Titanic Memorial in Fairview Lawn Cemetery, travel to the Titanic site where on the 14th and 15th of April there will be a memorial service, before finally heading back to New York City. Prices begin at $4,800 US.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not too sure that I would want to follow the exact path of Titanic on the dates that she did and eat the same food and listen to the same music. It just sounds like too much tempting fate. Even though I am sure it would be a wonderful experience for the Titanic and history lover.





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8 comments:

  1. I had no idea such cruises existed. This is very cool! Thanks for the info! I like the idea of the mini cruise, as it follows in the "steps" of the Titanic.

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  2. Irena - I thought it was so interesting when I found these!

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  3. i didn't realize it was the 100th anniversary!

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  4. I'm with you, Heather. I'm kind of superstitious so I know I would feel that way.

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  5. I too would find it kind of creepy to do the same stuff.

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  6. Carrie - next year is the 100th - but they are already filling up these tours!

    Michelle and Mystica - I think it would be a cool experience - but I would just have that creepy feeling that wouldn't let me do it!

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  7. I agree about taking a memorial cruise duplicating the ships itinerary. It would feel too much like tempting fate.

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  8. Seems a bit odd to commemorate in this way to me! It might be a fascinating trip though.

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