When it comes to famous voyages, the trip of the RMS Titanic is likely one of the most well-known in the history of the travel industry. While the voyage ended in catastrophe, a Titanic Memorial Cruise is retracing the exact route, and serving the same menu, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, as reported by the Post Chronicle. While the Titanic Memorial Cruise is sold out, another 100th Anniversary Memorial Cruise from New York is offering cabins for 50 percent off, as reported by USA Today.
What are the specifics of the Titanic Memorial Cruises and the 100th Anniversary Cruise?
The cruises are being organized by travel agent Miles Morgan, the first of which will retrace the voyage of the Titanic from Southampton, which is a 12-night trip that is sold out, as reported by Wales Online. But the USA Today report on the second trip, the 100th Anniversary Cruise, is scheduled to depart from New York the same day the Titanic embarked on its journey 100 years earlier. Both cruises are complete with memorial services and stops in Halifax, where many Titanic victims are buried.
How much does passage on the 100th Anniversary Cruise cost?
According to the Titanic Memorial Cruise website, prices for the trip leaving from New York aboard the Azamara Journey, which are now heavily discounted, start at $1,999 for an inside cabin with many alternative options for around $3,000, and an ultra-inclusive Club World Owners Suite for more than $10,000. Of course, all prices include meals, many drinks, and gratuities, but travel to New York is not.
Has the Costa Concordia disaster affected booking for the trip?
According to Travel Agent Central, a Travel Guard poll found that the majority of travel agents did not expect the Costa Concordia disaster to negatively affect cruise bookings. But the report also mentions almost 40 percent of those polled expected travelers to pick up vacation insurance as a result of the Costa Concordia. In addition, the USA Today article reports that in the days following the Costa Concordia running aground, traffic to the Titanic Memorial website increased by 50 percent.
Are there any other Titanic related activities?
Besides the two Titanic related cruises, Peter Greenberg Worldwide reports that Kensington Tours is offering a 15-day experience that includes a submarine dive down to the wreckage of the Titanic; however, that package comes with a hefty $60,000 price tag.
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