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Titanic Tour

Those who can afford luxury travel might be interested in learning that you can now head to the bottom of the Atlantic ocean and visit the wreck of the Titanic. British travel company Blue Marble Private, the firm behind the tour, promises a once-in-a-lifetime epic experience.  However it’s not just a simple day tour, it lasts for days!

Those that don’t mind paying the reported £86,500 for a ticket, (which incidentally is double the original £40,000 cost of a first class ticket to sail on titanic), will fly in a helicopter from Newfoundland to the expedition’s support yacht in the North Atlantic.  After two days on board the yacht learning about the ship, these extreme sightseers will get a five-hour dive to the sea bed to see the decaying remains of the Titanic. Nobody could dive that deep and survive the pressure so a special submersible designed by OceanGate Inc will take people safely to and fro. The specially designed titanium and carbon fibre submersible can reach depths of 4,000 metres and will be guided by a crew of experts.

Obviously this is not a tour for us humble folk,  but it its thought it will be popular with the rich, scientists, archaeologists and wannabe explorers. Only 9 people will go on any one tour.

Take a look and the link below for details of how to book:

http://www.bluemarbleprivate.com/insight/dive-the-titanic

Titanic Tours – by Blue Marble Private (Photo: Oceangate.com)

Titanic Facts

  • The Titanic ship sank after hitting an iceberg on 15 April 1912.
  • It was the ships maiden voyage and left Southampton heading for New York.
  • Over 1,500 of the 2,224 passengers and crew died.
  • The ship was more than 880 feet long and 100 feet high – the worlds largest passenger ship at that time.
  • Some of the wealthiest people in the world were on the ship when it sank.
  • The richest passenger to die was John Jacob Astor IV who at the time had a net worth of around £68m (approximately £1.6 bn today)/
  • Some of the ship’s interiors were inspired by those at the Ritz hotel in London.
  • Only 16 lifeboats and four collapsible boats were on-board.
  • 100,000 people turned up to see the ship’s launch on May 31, 1911

Titanic 1997 Film Facts

  • The film gross of over $1.84 billion.
  • The movie cost $200 million to make with $7.5 million spent to reconstruct the ship.
  • The movie set was mounted on hydraulic jacks which could be tilted.
  • Titanic nominated for fourteen Academy Awards.
  • James Cameron apparently drew all the pictures in Jack’s sketchbook, also the hands seen sketching Rose were not Jack’s but Cameron’s.
  • Matthew McConaughey was meant to play Jack, but James Cameron insisted on Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • Gloria Stuart who played Rose Dawson and also narrates the film was the only person working on the film who was actually living in 1912, the year the ship sunk.
  • Gloria Stuart became the oldest person to ever be nominated for an Oscar at age 87.
  • Oddly after James Cameron finished the script, he discovered that there was a real J. Dawson who died aboard the Titanic.
  • They used a genuine artefact that survived the sinking, the piece of wooden paneling that Rose floated on after the sinking can be seen at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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