Here's one we left off our list of the 50 Places to See Before They Die: the RMS Titanic. History's most famous shipwreck has been sitting on the ocean floor south of Newfoundland for over a century now, and the decades have taken their toll. Scientists predict the ship's steel body will soon be completely consumed by rust.
Of course, very few people alive have actually seen the Titanic. Helps to be an oceanographer, or a budding director with an eye for billion-dollar-blockbusters. Which is why a planned joint expedition between luxury tour operators Cookson Adventures and private submersible company OceanGate Expeditions is so special. This July, nine deep-pocketed travelers will have a golden opportunity to see the ship with their own eyes ... before heading back above sea level to dine on the same cuisine that was served on the original voyage.
OceanGate Expeditions owns a submersible vessel called the Titan that can descend 4,000 meters below the sea. The Titanic sits about 3,700 meters below, and OceanGate plans to send a team of researchers down during for multiple "missions" during the 2019 Titanic Survey Expedition, a week of detailing the wreck's condition, observing marine life in the area and generating 3D-models for posterity.
It would seem that the scientists have a few extra seats (or could use some cash flow), and that's where Cookson Adventures comes in. You can literally join that expedition out of St. John's, Newfoundland, and explore the wreck's most famous corners, from the deck to its First Class staircase.
You won't win a ticket to this experience via a lucky hand at poker, though. Tickets are priced at 1912 first-passage fare, or $105K, adjusted for inflation. Once the dive is complete, you'll be brought back to land for a historically accurate menu. Eat light that morning, because it's gluttonous. Filet mignon topped with seared foie grass and truffle, roast duck topped with apple sauce, chocolate eclairs topped with French vanilla cream ... and a bottle of 1907 Heidsieck Gout Champagne. It was served on-board, and now, with a backstory that includes multiple rescue missions, is one of the most expensive champagnes in the world.
For more information on securing a coveted spot, head here.
h/t The Drinks Business
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