All Deck Chairs Are Filled: Titanic 100th Anniversary Cruise Is Fully Booked
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Mark Memmott
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:55 PM
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A ship will leave Southampton on April 8 and stop at the site of the Titanic's sinking on the 100th anniversary of that tragedy. Then, it is to finish the voyage that the Titanic couldn't.

In case you were hoping to get a spot on the MS Balmoral when it sails from Southampton, England, on April 8 for its "Titanic Memorial Cruise" on the 100th anniversary of that earlier ship's fateful voyage, you're too late.

It's fully booked.

But, if you're interested in sailing from New York on April 10 aboard the Amazara Journey and meeting up with the Balmoral on April 15 at 41°43'57"N, 49°56'49"W in the Atlantic Ocean — where the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912 — there are still some spots.

The cost? $4,900 to $14,850 per person, for the April 10-18 voyage from New York and back again.

On the 15th at the site of the Titanic's sinking, the ships plan to hold "a memorial service at 2:20 a.m. to commemorate the 100th year anniversary and to pay tribute to all the brave passengers and crew on board that fateful night."

The Balmoral is scheduled to then finish the Titanic's never-completed trip, docking in Halifax on April 16 and New York City on the 19th.

According to the BBC, the passengers on board the Balmoral will include relatives and passengers of those who were on the Titanic. The "unsinkable" ship's sinking after it struck an iceberg claimed about 1,500 lives. About 700 people survived.

The Balmoral accomodates 1,350 passengers and a crew of 500.

(H/T to NPR's Liz Halloran.) [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]



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