When i saw this thread title I was hopeing it was another Robert Downey Jr. movie. Those movies werent bad. This looks like a pass to me as I don't find Will Ferrel very funny. But others must as he keeps getting movie roles.
Saw the movie yesterday. It was awful and a number of people got up and left. The film is set in the 1880's and we see the Titanic docked in London. Queen Victoria is aboard the ship and the famous detective duo have to stop a bomb from exploding. We are shown several 'what if' scenarios which show the bomb exploding, but the Queen is saved by Dr. Watson who throws the bomb out of the window and saves the Queen. Such a terrible film. The only good thing about the Titanic scene is that we see a cameo appearance of Titanic actor Billy Zane. He boards the Titanic and jokingly says "Where is my bathroom in this canoe?" I would give the film a 2/10. Not even worth getting on DVD. I would wait for the Titanic scene to appear on youtube next year.
After reading your review and seeing the critical consensus over on Rotten Tomatoes it definitely sounds like one to avoid. Having the Titanic 30 years early seems like a minor issue compared to the film as a whole.
The Titanic also appears berthed in Cherbourg in a French film called 'The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec.' It is much more tasteful and well made, so this little inaccuracy might be forgiven.
I believe a number of Titanic passengers had explored the pyramids of Egypt before they sailed on the Titanic. This French film reminds me of their journey.
Clips from the film (Titanic is featured at the end)
Unfortunately the Gare Maritime didn't exist until 1933, but still definitely a better inclusion than above.
Actually if only Titanic did dock there, she would have ran aground and not been able to continue!
Back to topic, The Harpers themselves had been returning from a trip aboard and while in Egypt they befriended and took Interpreter Hammad Hassab (from Cario) with them back to America.