A rendering shows the sight that might await participants on this epic trip
Resting at a depth of 13,000ft (4,000m), the RMS Titanic continues to captivate the public more than a century after it sunk to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean. It has now been announced that those still intrigued by the vessel will be able to see it for themselves, by joining diving drips to the shipwreck in 2018.
Commencing in May next year, London-based tour operator Blue Marble Private will run eight-day journeys that will culminate with an up-close encounter with what is the most fabled vessel of modern times. Open to just nine clients at a time, groups will begin their experience by flying by helicopter or seaplane from St John’s, Newfoundland to the expedition support yacht set somewhere above the wreck.
伦敦旅行社Blue Marble Private将从明年5月起提供泰坦尼克八日游，让游客们得以和现代最传奇的大船“亲密接触”。泰坦尼克号一次只对9名游客开放，旅游团将从加拿大纽芬兰的圣约翰市乘坐直升机或水上飞机到达沉船上方海面附近的探险游艇。
The shipwreck lies 13,000ft below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean
There will be time to adjust to this new environment, with this small group of privileged visitors being taught about the ship’s workings on their second day on board by its crew and guest explorers, scientists and expedition crew.
Those who wish to engage more directly with the workings of the ship will have the opportunity to take part in orientation sessions and can “assist” the crew in planning a dive, operating the sonar and using the undersea navigation system.
It’s on days three to six that the expedition is at its most exciting, however. Should weather conditions allow, that is when up to three passengers at a time will clamber aboard a specially designed titanium and carbon fibre submsersible to see the decaying remains of the Titanic itself.
Accompanied by a pilot and deep ocean expert, they will sail over the ship’s deck and should even be able to glimpse its still recognisable grand staircase from amongst the detritus.
Submersible passengers should even be able to see the ship's grand staircase
Dives will take place throughout the day on night, dependent on when weather conditions are most favourable, and Blue Marble Private’s clients will be expected to contribute to the mission (if even in just a cursory way) by assisting with sub-sea communications and undertaking basic tasks.
潜水将不分日夜地进行，取决于什么时候天气条件最良好。Blue Marble Private旅行社的客户们多多少少都要为这次潜水任务贡献一份力量，协助进行海底通信和完成一些基本工作。
The doomed vessel, which measured more than 880ft long and 100ft tall, went down with the loss of more than 1500 lives on April 15, 1912 during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.
Next summer’s trip marks the first time since 2005 that it has been possible for the public to dive to the site of the Titanic, and far fewer people have seen the wreckage than have travelled to space or summited Qomolangma.
A rare lithograph pre-maiden voyage poster of RMS Titanic that sold for a world record £60,000 in 2010 CREDIT: PA
The complexity of the trip and the scarcity of places also go some way to explaining its prohibitive price: it costs $105,129 (£86,500) per person.
There is a greater significance to that cost than might be immediately apparent, however. Adjusted for inflation, the price is equivalent to the $4,350 a first-class passenger would have paid to sail on the Titanic’s maiden voyage in 1912.
Obviously, however, all will hope and expect for these forthcoming expeditions to prove far more successful.