It’s hard not to be fascinated by the Titanic. Not only was the infamous ship — which sank during its maiden voyage way back in 1912 — missing until 1985, but it also happened to sink just off the Canadian coast.
Now, more people have conquered Mount Everest or made the journey to space than those that have seen the famous shipwreck. But that’s all about to change.
That’s because London-based luxury travel boutique Blue Marble Private will begin running eight-day tours to the site in the summer of 2019 — for a pretty hefty price. Each package costs roughly $140,000 Canadian per person, plus physical labour that “vacationers” will have to do. Nor is it a guarantee that anyone will actually see the ship itself if the weather’s bad.
You see, the tours are limited to small groups of nine, who will be flown from St. John’s to a yacht stationed somewhere above where the actual ruins sit. Once there, they’ll get a full history of the ship from scientists and the expedition crew alike in order to properly prepare them for the dives that take place on days three through six.
If the weather conditions allow it, up to three people at a time will then dive with the crew, all while helping to navigate the submarine down to the Titanic herself.
Obviously the trip can’t really be considered a vacation in the general sense of the term, but it’s a pretty cool opportunity for the general public to finally see an important piece of history. And while the price point is absolutely sky-high, it’s about the same (after inflation) price as the $5,800 CAD first-class passengers paid to board back in 1912.
This isn’t the first time an expedition to the Titanic has been opened up to the rest of the world, mind you. Bluefish ran a couple of expeditions to the wreck back in 2005, allowing roughly 40 people the chance to participate. No word on how long the expeditions will last this time around, but if this happens to be your lifelong dream, you may want to start saving now.