Titanic anniversary cruise 2012
Although the cruise will broadly follow Titanic’s itinerary, it will leave Southampton on April 8, two days earlier than the 1912 voyage, because the 20-knot, 617ft Balmoral is slower than the 23-knot, 882ft Titanic.
It will also have the same number of passengers on board as in the original voyage.
All 1,309 places on the memorial cruise were snapped up more than a year ago, even with tickets costing up to 5,995 pounds.
The cruise deviates a little from the original route to New York by stopping at Halifax, on the Canadian east coast, from where many of the rescue attempts were launched.
Passengers will take part in a memorial service at the site and on the day of the sinking, and will also eat the same 11-course meal served to the Titanic’s first-class diners, including oysters, roast pigeon and sauteed chicken Lyonnaise.
Miles Morgan, of Titanic Memorial Cruises, denied suggestions of disaster voyeurism and pointed out the passenger list includes relatives of victims and survivors.
“We’ve heard stories from guests who are having dresses created by top designers especially for the event and requests from musicians who want to audition to be part of the famous string quartet [which played on as it sank],” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying. Millvina dean 2009, john jacob astor iv, madeline astor