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March 28, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Tourists will soon be able to join an eight-day trip to visit the Titanic, sailing to the site in a luxury yacht and diving down to examine the wreck – but the trip doesn’t come cheap.

London-based tour operator Blue Marble Private has revealed plans to take groups of nine next year on an underwater excursion to view the doomed ship, London’s Daily Telegraph reports.

Resting at a depth of four kilometres below the surface of the sea, the four-funnelled, British-registered RMS Titanic was carrying 2223 people when it struck an iceberg four days out from Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York. News of the disaster, in which 1517 people died, sent shockwaves around the world.

Submersible moves above Titanic – artist’s impression from Blue Marble Private website

The ship and its final voyage have riveted public imagination ever since, spawning numerous books and several films, including one of the most popular films of all time.

From May next year, Blue Marble Private will run eight-day tours including a close-up encounter with the ship in its final resting place.

On days three to six of the tour, weather permitting, up to three passengers at a time will board a titanium and carbon fibre submersible to examine the remains of the Titanic.

A pilot and deep ocean expert will accompanying tourists as they glide over the ship’s deck. They may even be able to glimpse its still recognisable grand staircase.

The last known photo of the Titanic afloat, taken 105 years ago, on 12 April 1912. The ship is shown during its maiden voyage at Crosshaven, Ireland, having departed Queenstown before heading westwards towards New York.

The price is GPB 86,500 (AUD 141,540) per person, which hopefully will provide agents with a suitably grand commission.

Clients in humbler circumstances, and visitors to Sydney who want to gain insights into the Titanic at far less expense, might be far better off dropping in to see ‘Titanic The Exhibition’, giving insights into the first and final voyage in a thrilling self-guided tour sailing into the Byron Kennedy Hall, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park in two week’s time, from Saturday 8 April 2017.

For a limited time only, families and fans can re-live the opulence and tragedy of the world’s most famous ill-fated voyage through dramatic room recreations, 100-year-old artefacts and hands-on activities. See: Titanic The Exhibition (Where You’re the Passenger) Sails into Sydney

Written by Peter Needham

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