Titanic Memorial Cruise Retraces Doomed Journey

It is 100 years since the ill-fated British passenger liner, the RMS Titanic, collided with an iceberg that resulted in around 1514 deaths. Now the journey of the doomed ship is being retraced aboard the MS Balmoral to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of the liner. The Titanic Memorial cruise is a 12-night voyage with the same number of 1,309 passengers excluding the crew aboard the MS Balmoral. Included in the passenger list are relatives of the survivors, historians and authors apart from people fascinated by the Titanic story.

To recreate the environment, meals provided on the cruise are from the Titanic’s original menu. There will also be a five-piece Grupetto band from Belgium hired by the organisers to play era style music in honour of the Titanic’s musicians who are said to have played until the ship sank. The cruise from Southampton however left two days earlier than the Titanic as it cannot steam as fast as the latter. The ship will trace the same path as the Titanic that is, via Cherbourg in north-west France and Cobh on the south coast of County Cork, Ireland, to exactly the spot where the liner sank 100 years ago.

Titanic Memorial Cruise Retraces Doomed Journey

Newlyweds Mary Beth Crocker Dearing (L) and Tom Dearing of Newport, Kentucky pose while wearing period costume before boarding the Titanic Memorial Cruise in Southampton, England April 8, 2012. The cruise is to retrace the voyage of the ill-fated Titanic liner, which hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. (Reuters)

Titanic Memorial Cruise Retraces Doomed Journey

Eight month old Alisa Dounaeva of Godalming is held by her mother Lorna while seeing off her grandparents on the Titanic Memorial Cruise in Southampton, England April 8, 2012. The cruise is to retrace the voyage of the ill-fated Titanic liner, which hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. (Reuters)

Titanic Memorial Cruise Retraces Doomed Journey

Robert Burr of Southampton, whose grandfather Ewart Burr was a 1st class saloon steward who perished on the Titanic, poses on the bed of a replica Titanic cabin before boarding the Titanic Memorial Cruise in Southampton, England April 8, 2012. The cruise is to retrace the voyage of the ill-fated Titanic liner, which hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. (Reuters)

Titanic Memorial Cruise Retraces Doomed Journey

Passengers wearing period costume queue to board the Titanic Memorial Cruise in Southampton, England April 8, 2012. The cruise is to retrace the voyage of the ill-fated Titanic liner, which hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. (Reuters)

Titanic Memorial Cruise Retraces Doomed Journey

Stephen and Judy Keast of Melbourne, Australia arrive wearing period costume before boarding the Titanic Memorial Cruise in Southampton, England April 8, 2012. The cruise is to retrace the voyage of the ill-fated Titanic liner, which hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. Today is Stephen and Judy’s 30th wedding anniversary, and Stephen’s 50th birthday. (Reuters)

Titanic Memorial Cruise Retraces Doomed Journey

Maritime artist James Allan Flood (2nd L) of Del Ray Beach, Florida arrives wearing period costume to board the Titanic Memorial Cruise in Southampton, England April 8, 2012. The cruise is to retrace the voyage of the ill-fated Titanic liner, which hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. (Reuters)

Titanic Memorial Cruise Retraces Doomed Journey

Kerry Kimble (R) of Oshawa, Ontario reacts after successfully donning a life jacket during a drill on board the Titanic Memorial Cruise in Southampton, England April 8, 2012. The cruise is to retrace the voyage of the ill-fated Titanic liner, which hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. (Reuters)

Titanic Memorial Cruise Retraces Doomed Journey

Titanic Memorial Cruise leaves port in Southampton, England April 8, 2012. The cruise retraces the voyage of the ill-fated Titanic liner, which hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. (Reuters)

Titanic Memorial Cruise Retraces Doomed Journey

The RMS Titanic on its maiden voyage.

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