Titanic memorial cruise offers cruise lovers a chance to reserve a place in history
Luxury cruise lovers would so not want to miss this opportunity to be a part of a Titanic memorial cruise and reserve a place in history with the departure date set for early April in 2012. Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, whose parent company Harland and Wolff built the Titanic, are offering this one-in-a-lifetime chance to embark on Titanic’s epic journey all over again aboard “The Balmoral” to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship. This nostalgic voyage is aimed to replicate Titanic’s luxury experience and will carry 1,309 passengers – the same number that sailed on the maiden voyage– and follow the same course, leaving Southampton before docking at the Irish port of Cobh, where the Titanic made its final call on April 11, 1912. There is even a memorial service planned at the spot where the vessel went down. Miles Morgan, managing director of Miles Morgan Travel, the company which has chartered the Balmoral, expects the cruise to sell out quickly despite the economic downturn. “The Titanic still grips the imagination of people throughout the world and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of a unique cruise packed with interest for those with a fascination for the Titanic story,” he said. “The whole voyage will be steeped in Titanic history. The food served will match the sumptuous menus on the original voyage; the entertainment will include music and dancing in the style featured in those glorious times and there will be a chance to hear first hand from historians who have studied the Titanic story.” More than 100 cabins have already been booked for this unique cruise, but there is still plenty of room available from a total of 738 cabins. The Balmoral features a speed of 20 knots (very close to Titanic’s 21 knots). The 12-night cruise, including flights from New York to Britain, will cost $3,782 upwards.