If you are one of the privileged few who have planned an excursion to the Titanic’s remains, you've likely already heard the news. First, that the ship is being consumed at a rapid clip by bacteria, which experts expect will essentially dissolve the wreckage within 20 years. Second, that the planned May 2018 submersible experience with luxury travel outfitter Blue Marble Private did not happen on schedule — preliminary testing trips resulted in electrical damage to more than 70% of the electronics due to thunderstorms and lightning. Hey, at least they’re taking inclement weather seriously this time.
The upside: the trip is still on and now there is a second outfitter, The Bluefish, prepared to bring rubberneckers to the final resting place of modern history’s greatest shipwreck. The new itineraries have excursions penciled in for 2019 and 2020, respectively.
The first trip with Blue Marble Private is cost-adjusted to reflect what First Class passengers would have paid in 1912: $4,350 then, $105,129 now. Deep Ocean Expeditions’ last trip to the site in 2012, on the other hand, cost tourists about half that price, at $59,000.
What you’ll get with a ticket: three days of diving and exploration of the site and its surrounding area, though you shouldn’t expect First-Class treatment. You’ll still be in a submarine. And it is a gravesite, so solemnity is probably slightly more tasteful than revelry.
With The Bluefish excursion, which costs $59,680, and which also expects to maintain its 2019/2020 schedule, each of the 13-day excursions can accommodate 20 guests and include an exploration as long as 12 hours at a time.
For a somewhat more modest fee of $10K, you can forego the dive and stay aboard vessel.