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Agents can offer clients a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a chartered special-interest cruise on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Azamara Club Cruises’ Journey will bring passengers to a memorial service on April 14, held at the exact time and place where the disaster occurred a century before. History buffs, people whose relatives were on the Titanic and aficionados of historic ships have been very responsive to the offer, fueled by the tremendous television exposure of the Titanic and the recovery of articles from the ship.
Sailing from New York April 10 on an eight-day cruise, the staff onboard the 694-passenger Azamara Journey will provide guests with some of the same meals originally served on the Titanic, along with themed entertainment. Included are boutique red and white wines for lunch and dinner, bottled water, soda and specialty coffees. Also included are all gratuities and a list of highly respected onboard lecturers and historians who include: Gunter Babler, who participated in the Titanic expedition to the wreck; Ken Marschall, recognized as the world’s leading Titanic artist, who has dived to the wreck several times and illustrated a number of famous books on the subject; Captain Bill Smith, captain of the world’s largest cruise ships — Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis and Allure of the Seas; and Bill Miller, Mr. Ocean Liner., charismatic maritime historian who has written more then 65 books and whose life and work have been chronicled in a movie.
Period costumes will be available for guests, who will also have an opportunity to visit various Titanic sites during a call in Halifax, Nova Scotia, whose history is heavily intertwined with the iconic wreck. Among the shore excursions are three cemeteries where some victims of the wreck are buried: Halifax Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery and Baron de Hirsch Jewish Cemetery.