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Titanic Dive Expedition 2012

19 December 2010

It gives me great pride, and huge satisfaction, to be able to offer viewing places (whilst they’re still available) on what must be the worlds most fantastic adventure, to see the worlds most well known ship, two and a half miles down below the oceans surface, where she lies after coming to rest on the ocean floor on that fateful night of 14th April 1912, following the collision with an iceberg at 11.40pm on a clear calm starlight night.

The Story

On the second day of the voyage, the wireless operators began to receive iceberg warnings from other ships in the North Atlantic shipping lanes, with some ships reporting that they had been forced to stop due to the dense ice fields and bergs. Despite these warnings, Captain Smith continued to power on using the full force of Titanic’s mighty 30,000 horsepower engines.

Tragically not all the ice warnings reached the bridge. On the Friday night the wireless had broken down and, whilst the operators struggled to fix it, a backlog of unsent passenger messages began to build up. Once the radio was fixed, the wireless room worked hard to clear the backlog – mostly messages from wealthy passengers enthusing about their trip to friends and relations. Because the operators concentrated on these passenger messages, late ice warnings were never delivered to Captain Smith or his officers.

Indeed, a near-by ship, the Californian, had attempted to make contact not ten minutes before the Titanic hit the iceberg – at 11.40 p.m. – but was told to “shut up” by the busy wireless operators, in what could be the singular most tragic mistake of the night.

To spot icebergs, lookouts relied on moonlight lighting up the white foam of waves breaking against the ice. Unluckily 14th April was a remarkably clear night with a moonless sky. The sea was flat calm, so there were no waves to spot at the base of the icebergs. And to make matters worse the binoculars in the crows-nest were missing.

Most passengers felt only a minor jar or heard a scrape as Titanic hit the iceberg and silently came to a halt.

Only a few miles away, the California was stopped in the ice but unfortunately its wireless wasn’t staffed round the clock. Having earlier been abused when trying to warn Titanic of the ice, California’s wireless operator had closed down his set and retired to bed, just minutes before Titanic sent its desperate and unheard cries for help.

At 1.10 a.m. with the ship clearly sinking, panic took hold. Many third class passengers found the way to the upper decks barred and could do little more than huddle in prayer.

At 1.15 a.m. the bow plunged below the water and, by 2.00 a.m., the water had reached within 10 feet of the promenade deck. All this time those left on board struggled to reach the lifeboats.

At 2.17 a.m. the Titanic’s huge stern heaved up into the air and the propellers could clearly be seen as the ship became vertical in the sea. The lights flickered and went out. Suddenly Titanic broke apart and began to plunge to the ocean floor.

The lifeboats departed with only 650 passengers and crew leaving 1,558 on the decks of the sinking liner. Those in the lifeboats fearing being swamped, refused to pick up the thousand people freezing in the waters nearby and some occupants took to singing in an attempt to drown out the agonising cries of the drowning people. Only another 55 people survived the icy waters, bringing the total number of lives saved to 705.

Map of the Titanics journeySize comparison of people to propellorSurvivors escaping in a lifeboatSurvivors looking on at sinking Titanic

What’s included in your dive expedition

  • Dive on MIR submersible for scientific expedition tour of the RMS Titanic wreck
  • Accommodations aboard the support ship
  • One night accommodations in St. John’s
  • Orientation meeting
  • Three meals daily (starting with breakfast on Day 2 and ending with breakfast onboard the support ship on disembarkation day)
  • Activities within the program;
    • Lectures
    • Briefings
    • Slide/film shows
    • Baggage handling
    • Aamenities/gifts
    • Personal video memento

Titanic MIR submersible being launchedTitanic under water - The frontTitanic under water - The propellerTitanic under water - Lit upTitanic under water - The motor

Luxury and More Travel will give its clients booking this incredible journey a special item of TITANIC tableware china, exclusively reproduced by the original manufacturers of TITANIC’s original china for her “A la Carte Dining Room,” as a memento of their journey of a lifetime.

Commemorative plateCommemorative five petal plateCommemorative coffee cup and saucerCommemorative teacup and saucer

…and what’s excluded

  • Air transportation to/from port of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Transfers to/from airport
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Personal items such as laundry
  • Bar charges
  • Gratuities to service staff
  • Telephone/fax/cable charges
  • Ttravel insurance
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Pre or post-voyage arrangements

How much the dive expedition costs

Cost for divers

Price including one dive on the Titanic and all other items indicated is $59,900 USD per person.

Cost for non-divers

Price for a non-diver participant will be $10,000 USD with share cabin occupancy on the vessel.

We appreciate that you may have many other questions, which we will be pleased to answer, either from the information we have, or by contacting the expedition personnel directly.

Limited Availability

One thing we would urge, is that if you have an interest in taking this unique voyage, you should contact us urgently as places are very limited, and this could be the last ever opportunity available to visit this iconic ship.

Contact us at for the latest availability.

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