Anyone who’s seen the movie Titanic will know how sad the tragedy was when it happened. Even without the dramatized Hollywood version of the story, the story of the Titanic has haunted and intrigued people for over a hundred years. Titanic enthusiasts have long wondered what it would be like to view the wreck up close, to swim around the haunted ship and find relics from another age and time.
However, up until now – that was largely considered impossible for most people and they were stuck with books, documentaries, and other accounts of the event to satisfy their interest.
That’s all changed now though, as modern science and engineering feats have made it possible for private explorers to view the wreckage themselves! However, there’s a catch – it’s really, really expensive! According to the Titanic Survey Expedition, the tickets start at a price of $105,000 a pop – which is supposed to be what the price of a first class ticket on the Titanic would cost if converted to today’s currency.
Another catch is that you aren’t exactly free to roam around the boat by yourself. You travel as part of a team led by scientists to recover data in the form of 4K footage, photographs, and retrievable samples from the wreck – which still sounds pretty fun if you ask us.
The teams are set to travel out in a research vessel known as Titan and will be making six 11-day journeys to the wreckage site and teams consist of a nine-man crew. After prepping for the dive process and understanding the research process, the team will allow be allowed one seven-hour submerged journey to the wreckage during the course of the trip.
The rest of the time, they’ll be up on the decks with the researchers, examining the contents and taking on other roles, like sonar operation, laser scanning, navigation, communications, camera operations, and data logging. So as long as you’ve got the money, this will definitely prove to be the adventure of a lifetime!