You can now explore the wreckage of the famous Titanic ship on a submarine tour – if you have $A175,000.
Launched by tour company OceanGate Expeditions, the experience will be part of an eight-day trip from Newfoundland in Canada, taking nine people at a time.
The trip will include travelling to the underwater shipwreck, 595km away, as well as a six to eight hour submarine tour of it.
You will be joined with just two other guests underwater, but the entire trip costs a pricey $A175,000 (£96,368).
Pay $A175,000 and you could explore the Titanic wreck underwater. Picture: OceanGateSource:Supplied
You also won’t just be a tourist – you will be deemed a “mission specialist” – and will help the experts doing technical surveys of the site, which stretches as far as 25 nautical miles.
To be able to join the expedition, you need to fill in an application which includes a video interview and training.
However, it is already pretty popular – 36 people have signed up for the first six trips planned next year, some of which, according to Yahoo, have also been the few to sign up for the
$A350,000 Virgin Galactic space launch.
The eight-day trip includes a submarine exploration of the wreckageSource:AP
Ocean Expeditions has already completed expeditions in the deep sea across the Bahamas and Hudson Canyon and, if this trip is successful, it will be the first time the public will see the wreckage in 15 years.
Stockton Rush, president of OceanGate Expeditions explained what to expect down there: “All the bones are gone. There are no bodies down there.
“There are boots and shoes and clothes that show where people were 100 years ago, and that is very sombre.”
Setting off from Newfoundland in Canada, passengers need to apply to be part of the world-first public tripSource:Reuters
The world’s largest passenger ship at the time, the Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg, just five days after departing New York on April 10, 1912.
Of the 2224 passengers and crew on board, more than 1500 people were killed.
The last remaining survivor of the disaster, Millvina Dean, died on May 31, 2009, aged 97.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the Titanic will get new protections under an agreement between Britain and the US, which will allow the two governments to be able to grant or veto applications for people to visit.
If you can’t quite stretch to the £96k ($A174,000) price-tag, you can instead stay in a Titanic-themed Airbnb in Northern Ireland for £32 ($A58) each, per night.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission
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