ABC News reported on a cruise ship which is tracing the famous Titanic voyage that ended with a crash into an iceberg and the sinking of the ship in 1912.
The cruise ship, the M/S Balmoral, is a luxury cruise ship operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. The ship left England on Sunday and was set to pick up passengers in France and Ireland before continuing the voyage to America. However, strong winds delayed the cruise ship from arriving in Ireland. The winds were reported as being 45 miles per hour, and there were extremely rough seas. This kept the cruise ship from docking until the early evening.
The interesting cruise involving the Balmoral has the exact same number of passengers that were onboard the Titanic 100 years ago, and actually has the passengers dressed in early 1900s-era costumes, and the cruise will offer some of the exact meals that were eaten by the passengers onboard the Titanic. There will also be memorial services for those who died on the Titanic.
Some of the passengers on this cruise have been reported to be actual descendents of some of the passengers who died on the Titanic in 1912.
The Balmoral is scheduled to reach New York in approximately 10 days.
The timing of this cruise is interesting in light of the recent Costa Concordia disaster. It is also an interesting concept in my opinion, to try and recreate a cruise that resulted in such a tragedy. Of course, the intent of the cruise is to be a memorial cruise for the Titanic victims.
I personally feel it would be somewhat of an eerie feeling to be on a cruise trying to trace the voyage of a vessel that ended up sinking. However, a passenger has defended the voyage. Passenger Carmel Bradburn, 55, who lives in Australia, described herself as "fanatical" about the Titanic and struck back at accusations that retracing the doomed voyage is in poor taste. "I don't think the cruise is morbid. It's like saying Gallipoli is morbid or commemorating the (Crimean) war," she said. "Remembering those who died is not morbid."