It’s the adventure of a lifetime: a journey through the chilly depths to the wreck of the RMS Titanic. The Titanic has captivated us since April 14, 1912, when the “unsinkable ship” collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic and was lost beneath the chilly waves.
She wasn’t discovered until 1985, and now, 35 years later, the OceanGate Titanic Survey Expedition is making it possible for you to see the Titanic with your own eyes. Starting in 2020, you can descend to the wreck site in a state-of-the-art submersible and explore the remains of the most famous ship in modern history.
How Much Does It Cost Per Person?
If you want to explore the Titanic firsthand, planning ahead is key. You need to apply to be a Mission Specialist, OceanGate’s term for someone who is part of the submersible team. You’ll also have to pay $125,000 for the entire journey. Although the cost is arguably steep, what OceanGate is offering is an experience that has been impossible until now, and space will likely be limited.
Your adventure starts in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where you’ll have dinner and be briefed on what to expect. The following day you’ll board the dive support ship, where you’ll participate in several more mission briefs, as well as safety training as the ship sails full steam ahead toward the wreck site. On the third day, you’ll arrive in the North Atlantic above the Titanic, and the real fun will begin. Between the fourth and seventh days, you’ll make your trip down to the Titanic in Titan, a modern submersible designed specifically to give you an unparalleled look at the wreck. Each dive will take between six and eight hours, with three hours devoted to exploring the wreck itself.
The eighth and ninth days will be spent returning to St. John’s, with a projected arrival on the tenth day.
What Do You Get For The Price?
Every Mission Specialist will have their own private room. Dive Support Ships are built for comfort and efficiency, but they are also fairly spartan. OceanGate’s Titanic Survey Expedition is focused on giving Titanic enthusiasts a meaningful, personal interaction with the wreck, and the dive support ship will reflect that singular goal.
You’ll have all of your meals covered on the dive support ship, as well as accommodation and transportation in St. John’s. Your airfare to St. John’s is not included in the price. You’ll be intensely briefed on how to support the mission, have a chance to chat one-on-one with Titanic experts and enthusiasts, and -- the highlight of the trip -- dive down to the Titanic itself. OceanGate offers cancellation credits that vary depending on the circumstances.
What Else Will You See During A Dive?
The waters surrounding the Titanic are home to many bioluminescent animals that glow brighter as you get away from the light at the water’s surface, and one of the most interesting aspects of the Titanic dive is how the wreck itself has been repurposed.
Several different species have taken up residence in the wreck, transforming it into a deep-sea reef. In a way, it’s a lovely footnote to the Titanic story -- that life can flourish in her corridors and rooms once again.
The inaugural OceanGate Titanic Survey Expedition promises to be an incredible adventure, a chance to see the monumental sunken Titanic before she succumbs to the harsh environment of the ocean floor. If there was ever a bucket list trip, this is it!
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