Titanic Tours 2018: An Underwater Adventure of Life, Loss, & History

Titanic Tours 2018: An Underwater Adventure of Life, Loss, & History

Have you ever wanted to visit the historical decks of the Titanic? Well, now you can, for a price tag of $105,129 USD.

The tale of the Titanic is one that almost everyone is familiar with. From Southampton, England to New York City, the Titanic departed on April 14th 1912 and collided with an iceberg just four days into her maiden voyage. It took roughly two hours for the Unsinkable Ship to rest at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean with only half its total occupants in the lifeboats.

Roughly 1,500 people lost their lives that day. It’s a grim tale that we can’t seem to leave to rest, or perhaps we are looking to learn from our mistakes. When I read about the tour originally, I was quite thrilled at the idea of getting to see the Titanic first hand (assuming the price tag isn’t an issue).

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The underwater tour of the Titanic 2018 is hosted by Blue Marble Private and allows divers to explore the underwater wreckage for approximately three hours. There’s another company, Bluefish, that sports different vehicles, longer dive times, but no dates or prices have been confirmed yet. Both tours will navigate through the bridge, deck, and the cavern where the grand staircase once stood.



This is the perfect opportunity to experience the tragedy of the Titanic first-hand.

That doesn’t sound right, does it?

The amount of loss that this single underwater site holds, has tainted this experience for some people, and others are quite against disturbing a gravesite.

When I asked a few colleagues how they felt about visiting the site of the sunken Titanic, I got some very strong opinions.

My one colleague was quite excited about the opportunity to visit the wreckage. When I asked him why, he replied, “It’s history. People’s stories ended down there and they deserve to be paid attention to.” – Ryan M.

Another colleague said, “For some people, it’s closure, but I can understand that people are attracted to the haunted aspect of it. As for myself, I wouldn’t go even if it was free. I’d be more interested in seeing the big fish than exploring a rusted wreck” – Maria C.

A third was quite adamant about not disturbing the wreckage because it may be disrespectful, “It is time to let these souls rest and find peace instead of poking about in their business.”

I, on the other hand, would be curious to attend, but not enough to schedule myself in for a 12 hour deep sea dive. I’d rather stick to museums where I can satisfy my love for history and macabre at the same time without getting my socks wet. Knowing what came before is a large part of enjoying museums and tours, and the history ends up being just as important as the experience.




The destruction of the Titanic is close at hand once again, but it’s not due to another iceberg on the horizon. “A 2016 study claimed that a recently discovered “extremophile bacteria” could eat away what’s left of the famous shipwreck inside 15 or 20 years,” reports CNN. This may boost interest in the Titanic wreckage for the next couple of years, and others around the world are trying to keep the Titanic dream alive by building her bigger, better, and with more lifeboats

So, get your tickets while you can. Thanks to inflation, you can purchase your ticket for the equivalent price of an original first-class ticket on the RMS Titanic in 1912.

What do you think about the Titanic Tour; is it grim or respectful?


Interesting Facts

  • The plot of Morgan Robertson’s novel “Futility” bears an uncanny resemblance to the Titanic disaster. The novel tells the story of the Titan, the largest ship ever built, billed as “unsinkable,” which strikes an iceberg in April and sinks. In the book, more than half the passengers die in the North Atlantic because of a lifeboat shortage. The book was published 14 years before the Titanic sank.
  • There’s an app for the Titanic; it’s published by The History Press.
  • The Titanic had four smoke stacks, but one of them was a dummy. It wasn’t hooked up to the furnace. It was merely for air ventilation.
  • The original price of a first class ticket in 1912 was £4,350. Exchanged today it would be valued at $6,143 USD. Due to inflation, that ticket is worth roughly £74,374 or $105,000 USD.


Agatha Christie – Crime Writer Extraordinaire

Agatha Christie – Crime Writer Extraordinaire

So.. have you – or haven’t you?

Are you a fan? Of the “whodunnit” genre — or of Dame Agatha’s books, in particular? I was the tender age of 12 when I began reading them; at the time, I think there was an appeal for just about everyone. My voracious reading included many of her books, hugely popular in the England of the early ’70’s. My French godmother used them as her primary resource for learning English when she took up residence in London as a young woman around 1950.

Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple:

Enduring and endearing, these much-loved characters have been portrayed over time in several incarnations for television and film. Most recently, one of the most popular works – Murder On The Orient Express, with a star-studded cast and an enormous budget – is on film once again. Deeply anchored in the life and style of western culture of the early and middle twentieth century, Agatha Christie’s enormous legacy sails into the twenty-first century with nary a ripple.

British authors Sarah Phelps and Sophie Hannah were interviewed recently on the BBC’s Front Row. Sarah Phelps had the following to say when asked about Christie’s enduring popularity:

We enjoy watching people lie! – Sarah Phelps, BBC’s Front Row

Sophie Hannah, acclaimed crime writer in her own right, has given us new Poirot plots to enjoy with all the blessing of the Christie heirs. Heavily plot-focused inside narrow confines with two dimensional characters – or brilliant study in human nature and the nature of evil? For Phelps and Hannah – it’s the latter, all the way. With opinions like – “Best crime writer – ever, one can’t help but be intrigued!  


Agatha Christie was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1971.


Poirot is the only fictional character to date to be given an obituary in the New York Times!


British author Sophie Hannah will follow up her two successful Poirot books, with two more books


Christie never put them both in the same story- quoting the possibility of a strong dislike from Miss Marple!


Agatha Christie was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1971.


According to the Guinness Book of World Records – Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time, second only to Shakespeare’s works, and the Bible.

Did You Know?

Every year, thousands of people flock to the lovely coastal town of Torquay in South Devon, in the beautiful and sunny area known as the English Riviera – for the International Agatha Christie Festival, as well as for the regular tours of her favourite haunts and settings from her childhood and married life. (Many of these have been featured in her novels, for a wonderful mix of fiction and real life. Take a tour to find out which ones!)

Festival Details:

Visit the Official Agatha Christie Festival website to learn more about being involved, current projects, and up-to-date festival information The next annual festival event will be a one-day celebration of Agatha Christie’s birthday in Torbay on Saturday, 15th September 2018. The next 5Day Festival will take place 11th -15th September 2019.   This may seem far away now, but I’m going to guess that attendance will be very high! Be sure to let us know if it’s on your radar!

For more information on the Agatha Christie Literary Trail

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Canal and River Cruises

Canal and River Cruises

Houseboat Haven: Floating Your Way to a Holiday

What allows you to settle in to just one place for your holiday, but at the same time visit multiple destinations?

A houseboat of course! From hotel riverboats to barges, to yachts, to houseboats small and large, luxury to basic, and everything in between, a floating holiday might just be the right thing for you!

It’s one of the best kept secrets of European vacations- for those who are already in the know. With a quick lesson and no special licence required, the options are almost endless. You can rent your own houseboat and begin your adventure on the vast water landscape, and marvel as you travel slowly along waterways that have served for thousands of years.

So what are your options?

In the following parts of Europe, canal boats are available: Belgium, England, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain & the UK. (This is not an exhaustive list.)

You can choose every style and size- and from fully catered luxury, to small group tours, to do it yourself- all depending on your preferences. You’ll be surprised at how many choices there are.

How about chartering your own cruise or joining a tour- small groups of people on a floating hotel, with everything built in for you to enjoy!

Renting your own houseboat is one of those options and one that gives you many possibilities in terms of what you can do. This includes stopping at local villages, markets, shops, bakeries and patisseries.

What better way to get a taste of a culture than to immerse yourself in these daily go-to places?

For those interested in taking a bike ride along the tow-paths or through these towns, bikes are typically available along with your houseboat, either for rent or included.

Cycling is such a great way to visit local sites and vineyards!

Are you looking for a more luxurious experience on the water? How about a full staff- running both the boat and the kitchen on your behalf? Personal chef, anyone? Local fare and delicious wines for dinner?

If all of this sounds like a dream, it isn’t! The good news is that we’re here to tell you it’s easier than ever and very affordable. It wins on so many counts, as the best way to see some countryside with views that only a canal or other waterway can show you. A vantage point that is truly unique.

If you’re interested in learning more about the ins-and-outs behind houseboat life, we recommend the book below!

Amazon says, “This charming book sails away from the typical photographic tours found in most houseboat books, focusing instead on the stories of the enchanting people who dwell by the docks.

Are you ready for how great this is?!

Do you want to just relax, enjoy spectacular views, and create memories of a lifetime? With just a few tips, you’ll be ready to navigate the canals, riverways and locks. Then it’s time to just admire the view, enjoy the most delectable local foods and wines, and visit some of the great sites along the way.

No car or bus, no unpacking and repacking – just settle in for the duration of a magical life-enhancing experience.

Follow us as we bring you different suggestions for tours and itineraries for 2018. We will work with a selection of operators and owners to bring you some really great ideas, so stay tuned!