Wednesday, 15 Apr, 2009 Current Events

Ship to Follow the Route of Titanic


The Balmoral is the ship that will mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the famous giant Titanic by following its original route.

The Balmoral is operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, the parent company of which is Harland and Wolff, the one the constructed the Titanic. The bookings were recently opened, 97 years after the famous ship was lost. The historic cruise is set for April 2012. Creators of the Balmoral made sure that the ship accommodates 1,309 passengers, which is the exact number of people that sailed on Titanic.

It will leave Southmapton in early April 2012 and dock at the Irish port of Cobh, which was previously known as Queenstown and which is also the place where Titanic made its last call on April 11, 1912.

People will have the possibility to arrive on April 14 to the location where Titanic sank about a century ago. They will take part in a memorial ceremony which is expected to take place between 11.40pm, the time when Titanic hit the iceberg, and 2.20am on April 15, the supposed time of the ship's sinking.

Although the Balmoral was build years after Titanic, in 1988, it is still unable to sail as fast the famous vessel, which is why it was decided to leave Southampton earlier, so passengers would arrive on time for the ceremony. After leaving the spot where Titanic sank, the Balmoral will continue its route to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where passengers will be invited to visit the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, the place where 121 Titanic victims are buried. The final point is New York.

Despite the economic recession, Miles Morgan, managing director of Miles Morgan Travel, believes that all tickets will be sold out. Miles Morgan Travel is the company that has chartered the vessel.

It is also worth mentioning that the cuisine of the Balmoral will be the same as it was on Titanic. In addition, passengers will be offered different entertaining activities such as music and dancing in the style that was popular during the times of the Titanic.

"There will be a chance to hear first hand from historians who have studied the Titanic story," he said. The pricing for the 12-night cruise that follows the route of Titanic, including flights from the Big Apple to Britain, will start from GBP2,595 (about $3,800).

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