It might be the ultimate expedition experience for serious cruise lovers with serious change.
A brand new cruise voyage launching in 2021 is taking guests to new depths and a once-in-a-lifetime brush with tragic ocean liner history.
Starting in May 2021, underwater exploration specialist OceanGate will operate deep dives to see the ill-fated RMS Titanic. The 2435 pax ship, once called unsinkable, historically collided with an iceberg in 1912 on its maiden voyage and sank to the North Atlantic ocean floor.
Guests sail 600 kilometres off the coast of St. John's, Newfoundland on a 50-passenger ship, right to the Titanic site. Most passengers are researchers and crew, but nine of the people onboard will be paying passengers.
An onboard submarine named the Titan transports up to 5 people at a time 12,500 feet down to the ocean floor where the ship rests.
Passengers will get to witness rare, up-close views of the sunken ship, the hundreds of marine species that now live on the hull, and the debris field strewn with the Titanic's fixtures and its passengers' personal items.
Tales of its tragedy -- and fictional love story between Jack and Rose -- continue to pull at the heartstrings and imaginations of curious adventurers. So strongly, that some have been willing to cough up the US$125,000 for the OceanGate's expedition submarine experience to one of the most inaccessible travel bucket list destinations in the world.
The so-called "ship of dreams" may have spent the last 108 years under the water, but as Celine Dion's song says, its "heart will go on."
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