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Tourist trips to wreck of Titanic... but at £86k, it's no mere drop in ocean

By Chris McCullough

A tour operator is offering a cruise with a difference - exploring the wreck of the Titanic.

Adventurous tourists can dive down and see the wreck of the luxury liner that sank over 100 years ago after setting sail from Belfast.

But punters will have to dig deep as the trip will set them back £86,000. Those who do splash out can dive down 4,000 metres to the floor of the Atlantic in a submarine.

Starting in May next year Blue Marble Private will take customers on the eight-day holiday, starting on the coast of Newfoundland in Canada.

A helicopter or seaplane will take passengers to a support yacht where they will spend the first two days being taught about the ship's workings by guest explorers, scientists and the expedition crew.

The wealthy customers will then help plan the dive, and get familiar with the equipment needed for their adventure.

On day three, nine passengers will board the titanium and carbon fibre submersible three at a time.

Under guidance, the tourists will travel down four kilometres in five hours in the sub to view the ship's deck and famous staircase.

According to the company, fewer people have visited the wreck of Titanic than have been to space or climbed Mount Everest.

It was on April 15, 1912 that the Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg on what was her maiden voyage en route from Southampton to New York.

More than 1,500 people out of the 2,224 aboard lost their lives in the disaster.

Some of those on the ship were emigrants from Ireland, Britain and Europe who were seeking a new life in North America.

First class tickets for the fateful journey cost the equivalent of £3,500. Now, 105 years later, the price to see the wreck in its watery grave is a lot more.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and an expedition designed only for those with a truly adventurous spirit," said Blue Marble Private.

There has been a resurgence of interest in the Titanic as visitors have been flocking to Titanic Belfast, which opened its doors five years ago.

The Belfast museum, sited in the very area the ship was built, was named last year as the world's best tourist attraction at the World Travel Awards.

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