Second Cruise to the Wreck Site in 2012

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From RIANovosti:

Travel companies criticized over Titanic wreckage cruises
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Travel companies that offer 15-day dive cruises to the Titanic's remains have come under under criticism from relatives of those killed in the tragedy.
More at http://en.rian.ru/world/20111116/168758256.html

Comment: Just goes to show that not everybody is happy with all this, and not entirely without good reason.​
 
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"I like the idea of a costume party, yeah yeah. Now tell me - who will be dressing up as my wife's great
grandfather?" a member of the forum said."

He's perhaps taking it a bit too far with that. Now are these companies actually doing all of this for profit or simply for entertainment purposes? No doubt making money out of this would be very disrespectful to these descendants.
 
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>>He's perhaps taking it a bit too far with that. Now are these companies actually doing all of this for profit or simply for entertainment purposes?<<

C) All of the above.

They would be pretty foolish to offer a deal like this without the prospect of making some money. They might very well want to do it at cost out of the goodness of their hearts but they have stockholders to answer to.
 
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From The Daily Mail:

'I'll take Kate to see Titanic prow for real': Virgin boss Richard Branson and actress to dive 12,500ft to shipwreck
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It is one of the most iconic images in film history. When Kate Winslet stood on the prow of the Titanic in the blockbuster 1997 film, it turned her into an overnight superstar.

Now the actress is set to see the doomed ship for real — courtesy of billionaire Sir Richard Branson.
More at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2063753/Ill-Kate-Titanic-prow-real-Virgin-boss-Richard- Branson-actress-dive-12-500ft-shipwreck.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Comment: Somebody was saying something about the expeditions becoming a sideshow????​
 
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From The Independent:

Watch out for the icebergs... cruise recreating Titanic's fateful voyage is sold out
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For some, it might sound too much like tempting fate — and for others, it smacks of "disaster voyeurism". But for more than 2,000 Titanic enthusiasts, the chance to mark the centenary of the maritime disaster by sailing on a large cruise ship to commemorate the sinking on the very spot of the tragedy is proving difficult to resist.
More HERE
 
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From Time Newsfeed:

Would You Take a Replica Cruise of the Titanic's Maiden Voyage?
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To mark the centennial of the Titanic’s sinking, a British company is offering a chance to reconstruct the ship’s fateful journey by traveling to the location where the ship sank.

Marketed towards relatives of those on board, as well as history buffs and those who are simply curious, Titanic Memorial Cruises has organized two voyages that will retrace the transatlantic journey.
More HERE
 
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From Yahoo:

Titanic Anniversary Cruise Offers 50 Percent Discount
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When it comes to famous voyages, the trip of the RMS Titanic is likely one of the most well-known in the history of the travel industry. While the voyage ended in catastrophe, a Titanic Memorial Cruise is retracing the exact route, and serving the same menu, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, as reported by the Post Chronicle. While the Titanic Memorial Cruise is sold out, another 100th Anniversary Memorial Cruise from New York is offering cabins for 50 percent off, as reported by USA Today.
More HERE
 

Steven Hall

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Mike, I wouldn't go even if they flew me 1st Class from Sydney to New York. That's just how I feel. For those going, I don't have any issue.
Many I know have been offered a lecture berth and ALL have declined.
I see quite a few Titanic Historian's / Author's e.t.c are going; whether they got a 'freeby' or a 'discounted berth' for lecturing on the ship I don't know.
But I wish them a safe and enjoyable cruise as with the other passengers.
 
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Mike, I wouldn't go even if they flew me 1st Class from Sydney to New York.

Well, I probably would, Steve - merely because I have never flown first-class in my life, and I'm sure it must be fun. However, I wouldn't get on the ship at the other end either. Largely because I just couldn't summon up the solemnity that I suspect the occasion will demand, at least when they get to the coordinates. Not 100 years later, and on a commercial cruise.
 

Doug Criner

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Think of the extra liquor sales at the bars aboard. Or, will the drinks be "on the house?" Will there be a special "Titanic" drink offered that day?

I think that when passengers disembark from these cruises, they may have some remorse. Will the tour operators? Probably not.
 

Steven Hall

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Yeah, maybe I'd take the 1st class ticket. Never travel 1st ticket before. When I fly I'm always in steerage . . ., or tail class.
But to be honest, the cruise thing just doesn't interest me Monica.
 

Ernie Luck

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I must admit I'm not keen on all the ballyhoo of this particular anniversary but will never regret our trip to New York on the Queen Mary 2 two yeas ago. A cheap last minute offer came up which we couldn't refuse and my wife and I left Southampton in April 2010, ten days later than Titanic did in 1912. We experienced similar weather conditions to that of what Titanic must have experienced - without the Icebergs; the water temperature dropped to freezing as we approached the Grand Banks and going into New York under the Verrazano Bridge in the early hours was a wonderfull experience. The Captain announces at what time and how far you will be from the wreck site. I recollect we were 30 miles North with the nearest iceberg 100 miles away.

I can't really understand anyone in the Titanic community knocking the opportunity; there will be other years, so think on.
 
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It's not a question of knocking the opportunity, Ernie. It's about the commercial aspect of the enterprise - and it could hardly be any different could it, let's be realistic? - and whether one can stand this sort of thing. I'd be absolutely no good at standing at the rail and throwing flowers into the sea in memoriam. I'm sorry everyone - and many of you won't understand this - I'd giggle. So I've never contemplated going, even though I've been asked.

I most certainly wouldn't want to offend others (which I would), and like Steve, I've never been attracted to cruises anyway.

But travelling aboard merchant ships which take just a few passengers .. oh yes. My sister has done it across the Atlantic, and had an absolute ball.