The closest you can get to the RMS Titanic is no longer just through the eyes of Jack and Rose.
According to Forbes, Ocean Gate, an ocean submersible manufacturer, will begin offering eight-day trips to the remains of the Titanic as part of a seven-week-long expedition.
But it’s a trek. Starting May 2018, participants can fly by helicopter to St. John’s, Newfoundland, and then spend two days on a yacht in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic, travelling towards the location of the remains. They’ll then take the five-hour dive for two miles to the bottom of the sea in an Ocean Gate submersible called Cyclops 2, which is still under construction.
Here’s the catch: it’ll cost you.
Tickets are $105,129 per person, which is, according to Forbes, what it would cost in today’s dollars for a first-class ticket on the Titanic itself. The crews for each eight day mission will consist of about 20 people: nine tourists, the submersible pilots, and an operations crew.
One of the goals of the expedition is to create a 3D photographic model of the remains, as a team from a visualization lab will be provide imaging and lighting equipment for the crew to capture the images needed.
Ocean Gate has already stated that they won’t be collecting any artifacts, as they respect the fact that the wreckage is a memorial.
The expedition is in accordance with NOAA’s Guidelines for Research, Exploration and Salvage, so all in all, the trips serve not only an entertainment purpose for the curious, but as an opportunity for research and preservation.
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