The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is to be marked in April 2012 with a once-in-a-lifetime cruise experience following the ship’s original route in 1912.
Passengers will enjoy an entirely Titanic-themed cruise including a memorial service in the early hours of the morning of April 15, 2012 above the original Titanic vessel that lies in the Atlantic, exactly 100 years after the ship sank that horrific day.
The Balmoral, a liner operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines – whose parent company Harland and Wolff built the Titanic – will leave Southampton, England on April 8, 2012 and begin its journey to Cobh, Ireland, where the Titanic made its final port of call on April 11, 1912. Passengers can enjoy a Titanic heritage shore excursion in Cobh.
The cruise will continue following the route of the RMS Titanic and arrive over the spot where the Titanic sank on April 14. A special memorial ceremony will be held between 11:40 pm when the ship hit the iceberg and 2:20 am on April 15.
After the service, the cruise continues to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where passengers can visit Fairview Lawn Cemetery where 121 Titanic victims are buried, along with Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery and Hirsch Jewish Cemetery, which also have graves of Titanic victims. The cruise’s final destination – as was planned for the original voyage – is New York City.
Managing Director Miles Morgan of Miles Morgan Travel, who has chartered the Fred. Olsen liner for the historic voyage said, “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.
“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 – it promises to be a truly memorable cruise,” said Mr. Morgan.
Miles Morgan has appointed Minneapolis-based Borton Overseas to coordinate reservations in the US for the Titanic Memorial Cruise. Borton Overseas coordinates Fred. Olsen’s US operations, which makes the partnership a perfect fit. An interesting historical aside: Borton Overseas – formerly Vanstrum Travel – made a reservation on March 11, 1912 for a client on the June 1st departure of the Titanic; a sailing that unfortunately never happened.
The 12-night journey starts at $3,900 per person for an inside cabin and includes all taxes.
Interested cruisers should call Borton Overseas at 1-800-843-0602 or visit the website for more information at www.bortonoverseas.com.