Nearly 100 years after the sinking of the Titanic, a pleasure cruise with the same number of passengers sets sail on Sunday to repeat the voyage of the ill-fated liner, including a visit to the place where it sank.
The Titanic Memorial Cruise will start moorings in the southern port of Southampton, England, where the Titanic departed on her maiden voyage. The journey of 12 nights, will commemorate the centenary of the sinking of the shipping company White Star Star.
With 1,309 passengers, the MS Balmoral will follow the same route as the Titanic. The organizers try to recreate the experience of travel, from food served, as well as the orchestra performing music of that time, in recognition of the musicians of the Titanic that kept playing apparently until the ship sank.
Organizers said that tourists from 28 countries have booked, including relatives of some of more than 1,500 people who perished when the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912 in international waters in the North Atlantic. Other passengers are relatives of 700 survivors, along with writers and historians.
The cost of the trip ranges from 2,799 pounds ($4,445) to 5,995 pounds ($9,520) per person.
During the trip, passengers can attend lectures to be delivered by specialists like Philip Littlejohn, grandson of a survivor. Passengers will eat dishes prepared in the style of those served in April 1912 and will attend a gala dinner on April 13 made in full accordance with the menu that day the Titanic.
Trip organizers prepared a special ceremony on April 14 starting at 23:40 pm in commemoration of the moment when the Titanic struck the iceberg, and then the precise moment when the ship sank.
The cruise is one of the events organized to commemorate the Titanic on the centennial of his ill-fated maiden voyage.