A 100TH anniversary commemorative cruise retracing the route of the ill-fated Titanic in 1912, including a visit to Cobh in Cork, has attracted massive interest from people worldwide.
British holiday firm Miles Morgan Travel has secured 80% bookings for the cruise.
The company has confirmed that its cruise will visit Cobh Titanic’s last port of call where she took onboard mail and 123 passengers emigrating to the US.
RMS Titanic was the largest passenger steamship in the world when she set off on her maiden voyage from Southampton for New York on April 10, 1912.
Four days later, it struck an iceberg and sank, resulting in the deaths of 1,517 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.
The memorial voyage will set sail from Southampton on April 8, 2012, for a 12-night cruise on board the MS Balmoral.
The cruise will follow Titanic’s itinerary, passing by Cherbourg before calling into Cobh or Queenstown as it was then known. From Cobh, the ship will sail across the Atlantic, arriving at the Titanic site on April 14/15, exactly 100 years after the ill-fated voyage. A memorial service will pay tribute to the brave passengers and crew who perished on the fateful night.
The voyage will then continue to Halifax, Nova Scotia, the final resting place of many who were on board, before continuing on to New York.
“We have secured the Fred Olsen Cruise Liner MS Balmoral for the trip. Fred Olsen’s current involvement with Harland and Wolff, where the Titanic was constructed, made them the obvious choice linking past and present,” Miles Morgan said.
“The Titanic Memorial Cruise is now already over 80% full and we have passengers booked from 22 different countries including Ireland, north and south.
“Many passengers are descendants of those who died on Titanic or who were involved with the ship in one way or another.”
Cobh and Harbour Chamber president and historian, Michael Martin, said: “It would be a great addition to Cobh’s plans to celebrate the centenary of the Titanic disaster and they would be very welcome here. The town of Cobh itself is a veritable living Titanic museum as the buildings, piers and streets are exactly as there were in 1912.”
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