Ship to Replicate Titanic Voyage for 100th Anniversary of Disaster — Tempting Fate or Paying Respects?

Few disasters have captured the public's intrigue quite like Titanic has.

Everyone knows the tragedy that was the sinking of the Titanic cruise ship, said to be “unsinkable,” back in 1912.  The 100th anniversary of the tragedy that killed over 1,500 people is coming up in days.  It is already being commemorated by a 3D release of the classic James Cameron film of the same name, but a cruise line is taking the remembrance to a new level.

With the exact number of passengers and a ship engineered to replicate as closely as possible the maiden voyage of the Titanic, the Titanic Memorial Cruise set off from Southampton, which, you guessed it, is where the Titanic left from back in 1912.  The cruise will last twelve nights and will indeed culminate with a memorial service at the exact spot that the Titanic hit the iceberg and sank.  Many of the people on board are relatives of some that died aboard the ship, or some that were fortunate enough to make it away in the lifeboats.

As you might imagine, some are saying that this is tempting fate for something like this to happen again.  However, it’s unlikely that the new Titanic cruise would suffer the same fate as the ship back in 1912.  Technology has gotten a little better between now and then, and random icebergs rarely cause a problem for ships these days, thanks to sonar, satellite, and radio imaging.  The ship has gone to great lengths to try to make this experience authentic, even having musicians play music from the time period of the Titanic’s original voyage.  Even dishes are modeled after what was served on the original ship.

There are only two things that will be different.  One is that the ship had to leave two days later than the Titanic did because it moves that much faster.  So, the cruise did not leave at the same time as the old ship did.  And second, well, they’ll be missing the whole iceberg sinking part.  There have been no complaints about not sinking the ship taking away from the authenticity of the experience.

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