Tourists can visit Titanic wreck for £95,000 next year
Tourists will soon be able to buy tickets to dive down and view the Titanic shipwreck for a cool $125,000 (£95,000).
The first dive for 15 years is set for next May when a group of nine people will go on a six-to-eight hour research mission.
They plan to explore the sea life around the ship – which sunk in 1912 after crashing into an iceberg, killing 1,500 people – and create a 3D model of its debris.
Stockton Rush, from OceanGate Expeditions, told Bloomberg: ‘There are better wrecks, maybe even more important wrecks, but people don’t know what they are, and it’s hard to sell something when somebody doesn’t know.’
The eye-watering ticket includes a private cabin on an eight-day sail from Canada and an invitation to take turns driving a submarine that will be used to make the 90-minute descent, some 2.4 miles from the Atlantic Ocean’s surface.
There are even Playstation-type controls installed in the submarine to make it easier for the tourists to navigate.
This is Rush’s third attempt to pull off an expedition to the Titanic after his first two were botched by issues with his ‘mother ship’, as well as lightning that struck and destroyed the submarine’s electrical system.
A group of 36 people have already booked their slots on dives next year, many of whom have also bought $250,000 tickets with Virgin Galactic to be space tourists.
While this means there are only a handful of tickets left, Rush hopes to make the expeditions an annual thing.
Despite the astonishing price tag, Rush has said he does not want any ‘prima donnas’ signing up for the trips.
‘We don’t have chocolates on the pillow,’ he said.
He also spoke about how the wreck has changed over the years but is still solemn.
‘All the bones are gone,’ he added. ‘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.’
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