Thursday, October 8, 2009

Next Knights "Roadtrip"?

Here's an idea for the next Knights "roadtrip."

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (CP)

NEW YORK — A trans-Atlantic cruise is being offered in 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

The Titanic Memorial Cruise will depart, as the original ship did, on April 8, from Southampton, England, and arrive at the spot in the North Atlantic where the Titanic sank on April 15.

A memorial service will be held onboard the cruise exactly 100 years after the Titanic hit the iceberg and sank, between 11:40 p.m., on April 14, 2012, and 2:20 a.m. on April 15.

The cruise will then head to Halifax, where passengers can visit three cemeteries where Titanic victims are buried. The final destination for the cruise is New York, where the Titanic was headed. The memorial cruise will also make a stop in Cobh, Ireland, after leaving Southampton, just as the original vessel did.

The British firm Miles Morgan Travel has chartered the Balmoral, a ship owned by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, for the memorial voyage. The Balmoral holds 1,350 passengers and a crew of 510 and has 710 cabins. Prices for the 12-night trip started at US$3,900 for an inside cabin, including taxes.

The cruise will include food that matches the menus of the original voyage, a live band offering music and dancing from that era, and lectures from historians.

Minneapolis-based Borton Overseas is handling reservations for U.S. travellers who wish to join the trip. Details at 800-843-0602 or http://www.bortonoverseas.com.

Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor of CruiseCritic.com, said the irony of the Titanic is "the boost that the tragedy has given to contemporary cruising. The fact that a ship sank and lots of passengers lost their lives has paled in the face of the romantic image that it portrays."

Jen Schak, a spokeswoman for Borton, said the cruise is "selling quite well. All lower-grade inside cabins and some suite categories are sold out."

Coincidentally, Fred Olsen's parent company Harland and Wolff built the Titanic. The cruise line is Norwegian-owned but based in the United Kingdom.

5 comments:

Tammy Howard said...

Ooooh - I get seasick, too. Plus I'm not certain I want to re-live the journey of the Titanic. But seriously - ya'll go. Enjoy that. Report back.

Lady T. who is the Queen of Nothing, not the King of the World of Pickerington (of which she is also not the Queen)

Anonymous said...

hmmm I can't see anything in there about being allowed to paint Kate Winslet naked...in a private cabin... So i'll take a rain check... lol..or put the idea on Ice...

If only they'd had a bit of Global warming back then...and less of the floating Ice...their'd have been none of that...

Anyway.. the only chunks of Ice i am interested in right now... is the rocky batch that is just about to hit the bottom of my crystal glass tumbler, to be covered by a 15 year old Scotch....from Oban.

awww Lady T... you are queen of all our KMSA hearts..and i'm sure many a broken male heart in Colubus OH..:))

Sir D ( je avoir le mal de mer auci ) of Inland Oxfordshire

Sir Hook of Warrick aka "David K Wells" said...

Sir Bowie, nice job inserting the Founding Father's amongst the crowd to see the Titanic off. Funny, I'm sure they all were saying "how lucky those rice blokes on the ship are" only to say later, "I remember seeing the ship off, glad I wasn't on it."

I'm with Sir D...no finger paintings with Kate naked...no Titanic cruise for me...of course...hot sex in the cargo hold would work!

By the way, Lady A and I love cruising! We've been on about 20, and plan a Mediterranean Cruise next June for our 25th anniversary!

Sir Captain Hook of Warrick

Sir James of Taylor said...

I don't think I get seasick, but haven't been on many large, moving boats/ships. But it sounds like a lonely voyage and the beginning of a horror movie.

Sir (I used to paint Kate Winslet in the nude ... but I got cold) of Taylor

Sir Bowie of Greenbriar (a.k.a. David A. Kuhn) said...

This might just have to be a new photo project -- The Founding Fathers Travel in Time.

Sir Bowie