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.
“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”.