New Titanic Anniversary Cruise Announced

A British travel agency has been marketing a controversial 100th anniversary memorial cruise on the route of the ill-fated Titanic, and now an American company is also selling a Titanic centennial cruise.

North Carolina-based Willtiger Corporation is hosting its "Voyages! Titanic 2012" cruise on the 682-passenger Azamara Journey, a ship operated by Royal Caribbean's Azamara Club Cruises. The 9-night cruise will embark from Boston on April 9, 2012.

The itinerary includes three days at the final resting place of the Titanic in the Atlantic, on the anniversary of the ship's demise.

The Azmara Journey will be the only cruise ship to "receive live video feeds from a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) deployed from an expeditionary ship alongside" the sunken ship, according to a press release.

The company says guests will have the opportunity to "immerse themselves in the history and experience of Titanic," throughout the cruise including three memorial services and a wreath-laying to be held at the site where the ship hit an iceberg and sunk, and some 1,500 people lost their lives.

"We'll be at the exact site at the exact time one-hundred years after the RMS Titanic met its demise to remember those lost and the ship," says Bill Willard, president of Willtiger.

The cruise will also feature presentations "by a prestigious line-up of maritime and fashion researchers and historians, executives from international Titanic societies, and survivors' relatives," the company says.

Dinner menus will have dishes from recipes served aboard the Titanic and guests will have the opportunity to "learn the Irish dance with which the ship's third-class passengers would have celebrated."

In addition to the time at sea, the cruise will also call at Halifax, Nova Scotia, where guests can book shore excursions that visit the Titanic cemeteries, the Maritime Museum and other memorial sites in the city, final resting place of many of the unclaimed victims of the tragedy.

Some have criticized the earlier announced Titanic memorial cruise, on the 1,350 Balmoral, as amounting to voyeurism. That cruise embarks from Southampton, UK, on April 8, 2012, and includes a wreath-laying ceremony at the Titanic site on the April 15 anniversary of the sinking.

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