New, Pricy Titanic Tours Planned for 2018

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March 15, 2017

The Titanic is still on the ocean floor, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't take visitors.

The wreck of the famed doomed ocean liner, which sank on April 14, 1912, 370 miles south-southeast of Newfoundland has been the subject of intense study since its discovery in 1985. However, the remains of the giant ship are on the sea floor, which at that location is 12,500 feet beneath the surface. Getting anywhere close to the wreck requires access to expensive equipment, since the pressure and temperature at such a depth would be deadly otherwise.

Scientific crews have paid a visit through the years, as has filmmaker James Cameron (whose credits include the film Titanic). A tour company offered a 12-day dive trip to commemorate the centennial of the sinking. That 2012 operation involved 20 tourists, each of whom paid $59,000 for the privilege.

Soon, a new set of tourists can descend to the watery depths, part of an expedition by London-based Blue Marble Private. The new expedition will be part of a seven-week working series of dives, involving scientists doing further research. Tourists who pay $105,129 each can be part of the action, pitching in to help do the research during an eight-day journey beneath the waves.

The new expedition will begin in May 2018. The new pricetag is the inflation-adjusted equivalent of the price paid by a first-class passenger on the 1912 voyage: $4,350.

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