Instant expert: RMS Titanic
Tours of the fabled ocean liner have been relaunched, more than 100 years after it sank
No, thank Dicaprio! This is about the actual vessel, the ultimate in pre-first World War travel, which – despite being hyped as ‘The Unsinkable Ship’ – met a tragic end in the icy Atlantic waters on its maiden voyage in 1912. Since then, its sole trip has passed into legend. But now you can visit the real thing, with newly relaunched tours of the wreckage.
But isn’t it at the bottom of the ocean?
It is indeed. Tour company Blue Marble Private is taking people around 4km below the Atlantic’s surface to explore the Titanic wreck from July. Its week-long tours from Newfoundland, Canada, include hopping in a submersible for six-hour dives of the ship’s remains, including the bow, propellers and the cavern where the iconic grand staircase was once located. It will come at a price though – a wallet-screaming US$105,129 (£74,377). Of course, Titanic tourism dives aren’t new – Deep Ocean Expeditions ran them until 2012 – but time is of the essence, with experts predicting it will disintegrate completely within 20 years.
Wow. That is awfully pricey, though...
Actually, it’s the cost of a first-class ticket on the original Titanic, adjusted for inflation.
Ok… so is there a steerage equivalent?
No, but in China’s Sichuan province work is underway to build a life-sized replica of the luxury liner. Reassuringly, it’s more than 1,200km from the sea, so at least it won’t sink. It isn’t scheduled to be completed until 2019, but will feature lavish imitations of the ballroom, theatre, pool and rooms.
But I want to see the original!
Well, for something cheaper (and closer to home), Titanic Belfast is a fine museum in the Northern Ireland capital – where the ship was built – devoted to exploring its story and myths. However, for those with deeeeep pockets, the real thing is only a submersible away. In 1912, RMS Titanic was the pinnacle of luxury ocean travel. More than 100 years later, you could say it still is.