On 14th April 1912, RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg four days into her maiden voyage from England to America. Just over two hours later, the ill-fated passenger liner was laid to rest at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
Now, almost 105 years later, a luxury travel company is offering a select group of guests the chance to visit the remains of the world’s most famous shipwreck. UK-based Blue Marble Private just announced the Dive The Titanic expedition, an 8-day journey that will take intrepid underwater explorers 4,000 metres below the water’s surface to see the skeleton of the historic ship.
After embarking from Canada by helicopter or seaplane, travellers will be transported to an expedition support yacht above the Titanic’s wreckage in the North Atlantic Ocean. Each day will see them board a specially-designed titanium and carbon fibre submersible and descend to the remnants of the ship. Guided by a crew of experts, they’ll tour the doomed oceanliner and its most iconic sights, including the famous grand staircase.
The guests will also be treated to educational sessions on the Titanic’s history and the mechanics of deep-sea exploration, and will have the opportunity to help the crew prepare for dives, operate the sonar, and use the undersea navigation system. Participants can take images, videos, and sonar data home as mementos of their once-in-a-lifetime experience.
This marks the first time since 2005 that the public has been permitted to dive to the site of the Titanic, according to The Daily Telegraph. The sight is so rare, in fact, that fewer people have seen the ship than have travelled to space or summited Mount Everest.
The inaugural Dive The Titanic expedition is scheduled for 2018, with further dives planned for 2019. Just 9 adventurers at a time can be accommodated on each outing. And yes, it won’t be cheap.
The trip reportedly costs US$105,129 per person – equivalent to a first-class passage ($4,350) on the Titanic’s only voyage, after adjusting for inflation. With luck that will be the only thing the two voyages have in common.