THE MS BALMORAL “TITANIC MEMORIAL VOYAGE” BECOMES THE MOST FAMOUS CRUISE IN RECENT CRUISE HISTORY…

THE MS BALMORAL “TITANIC MEMORIAL VOYAGE” BECOMES THE MOST FAMOUS CRUISE IN RECENT CRUISE HISTORY…


Youtube Video on the MS Balmoral Titanic Memorial Cruise…

From the BBC – Chris Buckler

After the rush of excitement that marked the beginning of this journey into the Atlantic, there is a growing sense of calm.

Even the rough seas that could have delayed the MS Balmoral’s arrival at the spot where the Titanic sank, have gone.

Passengers in evening dress arrive to a reception prior to the gala dinner in the MS Balmoral Titanic memorial cruise ship, in the Atlantic Ocean, Friday, April 13, 2012.

On board, people gather in small groups. Some show each other items of Titanic mementoes and memorabilia. Others discuss what they think it will be like to be directly above that famous ship’s wreckage.

After days at sea, the memorial service that will be held there is finally nearing.

Many of the passengers booked this unusual cruise years ago and they have been waiting for this moment ever since.

‘Grief’

“Although it happened 100 years ago the grief is still so very raw for so many people,” says Reverend Huw Mosford, who will be leading the service.

“I hope the service won’t be ghoulish, I hope it will be one that’s uplifting.”

Three wreaths have now been prepared, put together by a florist in one of the ship’s cabins.

They will be thrown into the waters to mark exactly 100 years since the sinking – a tribute to those who drowned.

Those on board with relatives who travelled on the Titanic have already come together for a private meeting.

Some hoped to learn a little more about their ancestors and make connections between what one woman described as the “Titanic cousins”.

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About Michael L. Grace

During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…

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