History buff, or just obsessed with James Cameron's tragic love story set aboard the unsinkable RMS Titanic? For US$60,000 you can journey to the ships ruins, but make sure its for the right reasons - you won't see Jack Dawson at the bottom of the Atlantic!
The Titanic never got to finish its maiden voyage in April 1912, as it tragically crashed into an iceberg and sank to the bottom of the ocean. The wreckage still lies at the bottom of the sea, but scientists have been visiting the site since the early 1990's to collect data and information. Bluefish, a luxury concierge company based in Los Angeles, offered underwater expeditions to see the wreck in 2002. Between 2002 and 2006, 8 people visited the site. After the economic crisis caused a standstill in the purchase of luxury expeditions, people couldn't afford to splurge, but Bluefish is offering the trip this year.
There are a maximum of 20 spots on the Akademik Keldysh, owned by the Shirshov Insititute of Oceanology, to venture out to St Johns, Newfoundland, and then embark on an underwater journey aboard a submersible to the wreck site, which lasts between 11-12 hours. Each submersible can only fit one to two passengers and a pilot on the 12,465 foot expedition underwater. The price is $59,680, which covers the dive to the Titanic wreck, accomodations and meals aboard the ship, activities, and amenities. The money goes towards supporting scientific research done by the Shirshov Institute of Technology, who collect data on every dive, as well as samples (but not artifacts), and records images.
There have been 300 enquiries lodged for this years expeditions and there have already been four bookings - so get in fast if you want to see one of history's most famous tragedies.