Calling all adventurers: A travel company will soon offer expeditions deep into the sea to a place where few have gone before.
Starting next year, interested parties will be able to take an excursion down to the wreck of the Titanic.
Yes, that Titanic.
The big shipwrecked one.
You can go there and see the ship in all its creepy, sad glory, as long as you have the cash.
The London-based travel company organizing the expeditions is called Blue Marble Private, and they will be offering this ultra-exclusive trip to just nine voyagers at a time, starting in May 2018. These expeditions will launch off the coast of Newfoundland in Canada and continue for eight days.
Passengers will leave from St. John’s, Newfoundland, in a helicopter or seaplane and fly to the main expedition support yacht anchored above the wreck.
Divers will submerge in a “specially designed titanium and carbon fibre submersible,” which will take the passengers—along with a crew of experts—to depths of up to 4,000 meters (that’s almost two and a half miles deep). Divers will then have the chance to see stunning views of the ship’s deck and famous grand staircase.
But an adventure like this doesn’t come cheap. According to the newspaper The Daily Telegraph, the journey will cost about $105,129 (£86,500) per person.
This astronomical sum, taking into account modern-day inflation, is curiously the equivalent of the price of a first class ticket to sail on the Titanic during its doomed maiden voyage back in 1912.
And to clear up any confusion, you won’t actually be scuba diving. Since the wreck is so deep underwater, you’ll have to stay in the Blue Marble vessel. Conventional divers, even with the aid of specially designed equipment, have only reached depths of about 300 meters. And that return trip to the surface took nearly 15 hours, so as to avoid decompression sickness.
This travel opportunity isn’t the first time tourists have been able to dive the site of the grand ship. A different company, Deep Ocean Expeditions (DOE), offered visits to the ship back in the 2000s.
The company closed up shop in 2005 except for one special expedition organized around the wreck’s centennial in 2012. (Interested parties may be bummed to learn that a ticket with DOE cost just $59,000, nearly half the cost of today’s tickets!)
So, would you shell out to see the Titanic?