New Titanic Anniversary Cruise Announced

Posted Sep 17th 2010 03:58 PMUpdated Sep 17th 2010 04:34 PM

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A British travel agency has been marketing a controversial 100th anniversary memorial cruise on the route of the ill-fated Titanic, and now an American company is also selling a Titanic centennial cruise.

North Carolina-based Willtiger Corporation is hosting its "Voyages! Titanic 2012" cruise on the 682-passenger Azamara Journey, a ship operated by Royal Caribbean's Azamara Club Cruises. The 9-night cruise will embark from Boston on April 9, 2012.

The itinerary includes three days at the final resting place of the Titanic in the Atlantic, on the anniversary of the ship's demise.

The Azmara Journey will be the only cruise ship to "receive live video feeds from a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) deployed from an expeditionary ship alongside" the sunken ship, according to a press release.

The company says guests will have the opportunity to "immerse themselves in the history and experience of Titanic," throughout the cruise including three memorial services and a wreath-laying to be held at the site where the ship hit an iceberg and sunk, and some 1,500 people lost their lives.

"We'll be at the exact site at the exact time one-hundred years after the RMS Titanic met its demise to remember those lost and the ship," says Bill Willard, president of Willtiger.

The cruise will also feature presentations "by a prestigious line-up of maritime and fashion researchers and historians, executives from international Titanic societies, and survivors' relatives," the company says.

Dinner menus will have dishes from recipes served aboard the Titanic and guests will have the opportunity to "learn the Irish dance with which the ship's third-class passengers would have celebrated."

In addition to the time at sea, the cruise will also call at Halifax, Nova Scotia, where guests can book shore excursions that visit the Titanic cemeteries, the Maritime Museum and other memorial sites in the city, final resting place of many of the unclaimed victims of the tragedy.

Some have criticized the earlier announced Titanic memorial cruise, on the 1,350 Balmoral, as amounting to voyeurism. That cruise embarks from Southampton, UK, on April 8, 2012, and includes a wreath-laying ceremony at the Titanic site on the April 15 anniversary of the sinking.



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Lifeboat No. 14

I'm sorry, but i'll disagree with your comments about this being "exploitive" and "pure greed". The creator of the Voyages! cruise has been to the wreck site two times previously, and wanted to give others a chance to go to the site, such as millions of Americans who trek to places like Pearl Harbor and the Arizona memorial, and Gettysburg. No one is forced to go on this trip.

You should ask those who are signing up for these two cruises if THEY feel they are being exploited. The communications from those signing up are overwhelming appreciative for the opportunity to be at the site.

There will always be Titanic enthusiasts who want to remember in their own private way, and they can do that. This trip, with the Azamara Journey, gives others a chance to be at the site to pay homage and to remember.

October 06 2010 at 7:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steven Anderson

What I think should really be done, and I myself would do if I were a wealthy businessman or company is build an EXACT replica of the Titanic (down to the last detail) the crew would also dress as original crew did.

I would name it either "Titanic" or "Titanic 2". And I'd have it ready for a maiden voyage in 2012 on the same date as the original, following the same route. After this it would operate as a regular cruise ship offering cruises all year (following the same path or not, probably some other path). It would be a sailing tribute to those who made the original and those who died on it, sort of a working museum... various things could be done aboard to pay tribute.

I believe such a venture as this would be highly successful and someone really should do it. Actually I'm quite surprised nobody has yet

I don't see a problem with these memorial cruises. Sure it makes money for the companies and they like that, but they're providing a service for those of us who are interested in marking the 100th anniversary by seeing where it all happened. Nothing really morbid about that. Or do you also object to those who have traveled and still travel to see the Ground Zero site in NYC? At least you're not charged to see that one though, however when I did this about a year after 9/11 Ground Zero was lined with people selling memorabilia and NYC related items.

September 22 2010 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patrick S.

Yet another cruise ship has chosen to jump on the 'Titanic 100th anniversary' bandwagon. It's so exploitive....I don't understand some people's mentalities. I really don't.

September 17 2010 at 10:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jkhoyt08

Patrick-the reason for things such as the "Titanic 100th Anniversary," is quite simply sheer greed. These cruise lines do not care about the deaths of 1500 people, they care only about lining their pockets. In my opinion, this is just as bad as video games about WWII and other actual wars that have happened. All those lost and all that matters to people with this kind of mentality is the almighty dollar. It is quite sick and pathetic as far as I'm concerned.

September 21 2010 at 4:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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