RMS Titanic memorial cruise aboard MS Balmoral delayed by wind on trip to wreck site.

RMS Titanic memorial cruise aboard MS Balmoral delayed by wind on trip to wreck site.

MS Balmoral is carrying 1,309 passengers – the same number as the Titanic.  The ship is seen on a previous cruise in rough seas.

(Left: Passengers aboard the memorial cruise) The memorial cruise retracing the route of the Titanic to mark 100 years since the ship sank has been delayed by strong winds.

MS Balmoral, which is carrying relatives of some who died, is traveling from Southampton to the North Atlantic site of Titanic’s wreck.

The ship is due to reach Cobh, on the south coast of Ireland, later.

The Titanic hit an iceberg on 15 April 1912 and sank, killing about 1,500.

The Balmoral was due to reach Cobh, on the south coast of County Cork, on Monday afternoon, but adverse weather and rough seas mean the ship’s arrival has been delayed until the early evening – when it will be met with a civic welcome.

The RMS Titanic departing on its tragic cruise – 100 years ago… 

The cruise left England’s south coast on Sunday to follow the Titanic’s exact route – via Cherbourg, in north-west France and Cobh – to the spot where the liner went down.

Passengers will gather for a service to be held at 02:20 GMT next Sunday – 15 April – to mark the moment of the sinking.

The Titanic made a final stop in Queenstown on the south coast of Ireland before its ill-fated journey into the Atlantic.

Now called Cobh that history will be remembered when the Balmoral sails into the town’s docks.

Those leaving Ireland a century ago had hoped for that fabled ‘new life in America’, but many never made it to the other side of the Atlantic.

The Balmoral cruise ship setting sail from Southampton yesterday for the official Titanic anniversary voyage with 1,309 passengers – including one Gozitan, James Borg – marking the centenary of the Titanic disaster on the night of April 14, 1912. The passengers will eat the same food as was served aboard the ill-fated liner. They will then visit Nova Scotia where some of the victims are buried, before ending the 12-day trip in New York.

While 123 passengers boarded the ship in Cobh, just of a third of them survived the sinking.

On board the Balmoral people have been learning that history in lectures given by experts.

And while strong winds have delayed this ship’s arrival, there will be a civic welcome to mark her journey in Titanic’s wake.

The Balmoral is carrying 1,309 passengers – the same number as were on the Titanic.

Passengers, who come from more than 20 countries, include relatives of survivors, authors, historians and people fascinated by the Titanic story.

They will eat meals from the Titanic’s original menu and attend lectures by historians and experts.

One passenger, Susie Miller – whose great-grandfather Thomas Miller died when Titanic sank – said she was “following in his wake”.

She said although the cruise was meant to be “paying respects to those lost”, it was also “celebrating Titanic because there was nothing wrong with Titanic as a ship”.

Philip Littlejohn, grandson of survivor Alexander James Littlejohn and the only Titanic relative to have made the dive to the wreck site, said: “I’m sure my grandfather, a 1st Class Steward on RMS Titanic, would be proud to know his story will be shared with the passengers on this historic cruise.

“It will be an emotional moment when we are over the wreck site, where I dived in 2001, and where my grandfather left Titanic rowing Lifeboat 13.”

Some people dressed in period costume for the trip

From the wreck site, the Balmoral will go on to Nova Scotia, where some of the bodies of those who died are buried, and then onto New York City, the destination the Titanic never reached.

The Balmoral was chartered for the 12-night journey by Miles Morgan Travel.



About Michael L. Grace

MICHAEL L. GRACE is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. SNOOPY continues to be one of the most produced shows (amateur & stock) in America/Worldwide and has had long running productions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and in London's West End. There are over 100 individual productions every year. He has written movies for TV, including the award-winning thriller LADY KILLER, various pilots and developed screenplays for Kevin Costner and John Travolta. Besides co-writing and co-producing SNOOPY, he wrote and produced the one-man play KENNEDY. He produced P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD by pulitzer prize winning author James Kirkwood. He wrote the stage thriller FINAL CUT which had productions in the UK, South Africa and Australia. His one-man play, KENNEDY - THE MAN BEHIND THE MYTH, was developed for HBO and has starred Andrew Stevens, Gregory Harrison and Joseph Bottoms. He has recently been involved in European productions with CLT-UFA, Europe's leading commercial television and radio broadcaster. He wrote MOWs THE DOLL COLLECTION, THE BOTTOM LINE and LAST WITNESS for German television. While in college and graduate school he worked as a foreign correspondent for COMBAT, the famous leftwing Paris daily, and as a travel writer. He visited more than 50 countries. He struggled as an actor, then joined the enemy and entered the training program at William Morris. He became a publicist and worked for Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, at Paramount and MGM. He followed with a brief stint as a story executive, working in the frantic horror genre period of the early 80s and wrote THE UNSEEN. He went onto write for episodic television and develop series pilots. He was a continuing writer on such series such as LOVE BOAT, PAPER DOLLS, and KNOTS LANDING. He developed screenplays for such major award winning directors as Nicolas Meyers, Tony Richardson and J. Lee Thompson. He has written for all the major networks and studios. He has been hired numerous times as a script doctor, doing many uncredited rewrites on TV movies and features. He is currently writing A PERSON OF INTEREST, a thriller novel, and, IT'S THE LOVE BOAT... AND HOW IT CHANGED CRUISING BY SHIP a non-fiction book dealing with how the hit TV series as a major cultural phenomenon and altered the style of cruising by ship. He was raised in Los Angeles. He attended St. Paul's, USC and the Pasadena Playhouse. He received a B.A from San Francisco State University where he majored in theatre arts and minored in creative writing. He is listed as a SFSU leading alumni. He also apprenticed at ACT - The American Conservatory Theatre. For a brief period he had intentions of becoming an Episcopal(Anglican) priest and attended seminary at Kelham Theological College in the UK. When "the calling" wasn't there, he left seminary and did graduate work at the American University of Beirut. He has guest lectured at USC, UC San Diego, McGill, Univ. of London and the Univ. of Texas on the business aspects of making a living and surviving as a writer, focusing on development hell, in the Hollywood entertainment industry. Grace is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatist Guild and former regional chairman of the Steamship Historical Society of America. He resides in Palm Springs.

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