Last year British operator Miles Morgan Travel chartered Fred. Olsen’s Balmoral (1988/43,537gt) for a special cruise to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic on 15 April 1912. The ship is fully booked, with more than 1,300 passengers from 24 countries, including 350 from the United States. It departs from Southampton on 8 April for Cobh and then heads to the site where Titanic sank, spending 14 and 15 April in the area, before sailing to Halifax, where many of the unclaimed victims are buried, and finally New York.

Interest is so high that a second ship has been chartered. The 694-passenger Azamara Journey (2000/30,277gt) will undertake a similar cruise from New York, departing on 10 April, the exact anniversary of Titanic’s departure from Southampton, visiting Halifax before joining Balmoral at the site where Titanic sank. On both ships an extensive series of lectures will be held, covering different aspects of the Titanic story.

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