To mark the fated voyage of the Titanic exactly 100 years ago, a cruise ship is sailing from Southampton to New York on a twelve-night cruise to commemorate the anniversary of the sinking of the White Star liner.
Passengers on the Titanic Memorial Cruise ship, which left Southampton on Sunday April 8 include relatives of some of the 1,500 people who died when the Titanic sank and the ship will retrace the original voyage, including a visit to the site of the wreck.
The MS Balmoral is operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and was chartered for the special cruise by Miles Morgan Travel. The original Titanic was built in Belfast by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ parent company, Harland and Wolff.
The cruise will recreate the atmosphere of the era with special menus and live music “of the day”. The Titanic sank on April 15 1912 when she collided with an iceberg in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic.
Passengers from as many as twenty eight countries are on board, including the relatives of some of those who died. Seven hundred people survived the disaster.
Tickets cost from just over £2,000 up to £5,995 and a number of special onboard events are planned, including lectures by Titanic experts such as Philip Littlejohn who is the grandson of one of the survivors.
“It will be an emotional moment when we are over the wreck site, where I dived in 2001 and where my grandfather left Titanic rowing Lifeboat 13,” said Mr Littlejohn.
The dinner menu on April 13 will feature dishes served onboard the original voyage and a special memorial service on April 15 will take place onboard at the exact time the Titanic got into trouble.
The Southampton cruise will pass by Cherbourg on the French coast before calling into the Irish port of Cobh then sailing across the Atlantic to Halifax in Canada, before arriving in New York.
In the US, a similar memorial cruise on the Azamara will leave from Manhattan Cruise Terminal (Pier 88) on April 10th, setting sail for Halifax before returning to New York eight nights later.
For more information visit http://titanicmemorialcruise.co.uk