The night of 14 April, 1912 is one that will not easily be forgotten. The Titanic, one of the largest and grandest cruise ships ever built, hit an iceberg and sank on its ill-fated maiden voyage. Approximately 1,500 passengers onboard drowned in the disaster. This year marks the 100 anniversary of that tragedy and will be marked with a sale of artifacts recovered from the ship, as well as a new cruise line, along the original route, planned for April.
According to a report in the Telegraph, The Balmoral, operated by Fred Olsen Cruises, whose parent company Harland and Wolff built the Titanic, has been chosen for the voyage. It will carry 1,309 passengers – the same number that sailed on the fateful voyage – on the same route as the Titanic, leaving Southampton in early April 2012 before docking at the Irish port of Cobh (formerly Queenstown), where the Titanic made its final call on April 11, 1912.
The cruise will continue to follow the route of the Titanic and, on April 14, it will arrive at the exact location the vessel sank some 100 years before, where there will be a special memorial ceremony between 11.40pm (when the ship hit the iceberg) and 2.20am on April 15 (when the ship sank).