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article imageTitanic wreckage tours on Russian subs only $68,000 a pop

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By Anne Sewell
Mar 27, 2012 in Travel
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A tour company is offering something different for your next trip. If you are feeling "flush", you can travel in a Russian 'Mir' submersible to view the wreck of the Titanic.
“Descend 12,500 feet into the North Atlantic to the deep-sea plain where Titanic lies at eternal rest. Explore the ghostly wreck and her debris field aboard the Russian 'Mir' submersibles,” says the company Deep Ocean Expeditions on their website.
RT reports that the tour company has decided to offer something different to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic. Travel in a Russian 'Mir' submersible under the sea to view the wreckage of the famous ship. The 'Mir' is apparently the only type of vessel able to withstand the crushing pressure down there.
So far, the company has 80 people signed up and ready to go, but of course a trip like this doesn't come cheap. The current pricing is $59,680 for a 2-week cruise, which includes one 8-10 hour dive to view the wreckage. The tour offers participants 5-star dining during the trip, plus specialist lectures from experts and also practical marine biology sessions.
The tours start off from Newfoundland, off the Canadian coast 380 miles out to the point where the Titanic met its end in 1912.
Tour leader, Rob McCallum says that while the price is astronomic, it is not just the very rich that have signed up for the tour.
“They’re people who have worked hard for their money and not made this decision lightly,” he said.
Mir submersible
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Mir submersible
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To be able to conduct a tour to such heavily pressurised depths, the company has had to solicit the services of 2 Russian 'Mir' submersibles. These very advanced vessels are capable of diving to depths of 6,000 meters, which give them access to 98 per cent of the ocean floor.
The experience is not for the claustrophobic, as the cabin space is a mere 7 feet. However, the large viewing screens and the capacity to stay down there for a total of 18 hours make them ideal for the job.
Titanic tours have been rare in the past, with the last taking place in 2005, despite a high demand.
The iconic ship sank during its maiden voyage in 1912 after a collision with an iceberg. 1,517 or the 2,000 passengers on-board died. The Titanic was a technological marvel of the times, weighed in at 46,000 tons and was the largest vessel ever to be built.
With the deterioration under the water, the ship is not what it used to be. There is accidental damage to the wreck by submersibles and also the presence of iron-eating bacteria in the hull
The hope by scientists and specialists in the field is that the 100-year anniversary of this famous ship will help to push for a worldwide protection agreement for the wreckage.
So, pack your bags and get ready for a trip of a lifetime.
The bow of the RMS Titanic wreck
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The bow of the RMS Titanic wreck
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