100th Anniversary Dive Expedition to the Titanic Wreck

“100 years after the tragic sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic, experience a rare and exclusive opportunity to visit the wreck site, and dive down in a deap sea submersible unit to explore the vessel close up on the ocean floor.”

Quick Facts about This Trip:

Trip Start/End:
Nova Scotia (Halifax) / Newfoundland and Labrador (St. John’s)
Highlights:
Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia (Halifax), St. John’s
Duration:
15 days
Tour Type:
Premium trips offer popular sights and hidden treasures, featuring luxury hotels when available, and led by a local expert guide.
Travel Style:
Small Ship Cruises – Our Small Ship Cruises are designed for those wishing to explore remote wilderness locations aboard comfortable expeditionary vessels or to experience river cruises. The itineraries are built around a sequence of remote ports and inaccessible coastlines, and the trips themselves are rugged adventures led by veteran guides and staffed with leading scientists and local experts.
Trip Schedule:
12-Jul-2012, 27-Jul-2012, 06-Aug-2012
Price Range:
from $ 66,257 pp (for submarine divers) to $12,498 pp (for Non Submarine Divers) *
  • * USD per person, double occupancy. Prices subject to change. This tour is fully customizable.

Trip Description

Join one of two ultra rare and exclusive dive expeditions staged out of St. John’s, Newfoundland, to the wreck of the R.M.S. Titanic, 100 years after its tragic sinking that shocked the world. Participation is limited to just 20 divers per expedition. Each expedition will offer diving participants the extremely rare opportunity to journey to a depth of 12500ft (3800m) in order to explore the liner R.M.S. Titanic during the centennial year of her sinking. Participants will spend a pre-departure night in St. John’s in order to attend the introductory expedition dinner prior to boarding the expedition vessel for the 350nm voyage to the Titanic site. Arrival at the site will be marked by a short ceremony to commemorate the loss of this fine ship, and then the dive operations will commence. During the dive series, participants will enjoy specialist lectures, observe the Mir submersible program in action, and enjoy international class cuisine with fellow expeditioners. Take a tour in Halifax to learn about the significance that the Titanic played in the city’s history, and how it has impacted the Halifax of today- simply a perfect lead-in to your deep sea expedition to the wreck of the Titanic.
Highlights:

Halifax Titanic significance tour, expedition to Titanic wreck site, five-star cuisine on board, 7 days at wreck including (1) Titanic wreck & debris field dive in Mir submersible unit, rare deep-sea life, photography opportunities, lectures & briefings by team members & Titanic expert historian.

Trip Summary

Day Activities Hotel
Day 1
Halifax – Cruise
  • Transfer – Private – Airport – Sedan/Driver
  • Custom Expedition Cruise
Marriott Harbourfront
Harbourview ()

1 DBL (2 Adults)
Day 2
Halifax – St. John’s
  • Private – 1/2 d The Titanic & it’s Connection to Halifax (3 hrs) – Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Transfer – Private – Airport – Sedan/Driver
  • Air – Halifax – St. John`s [Halifax – St. John ] – Economy, Titanic (Submarine Diver)
  • Transfer – Airport – Vehicle/Driver
  • Orientation & Dinner Briefing
Sheraton Newfoundland (Standard)
Traditional
Day 3
St. John’s – Titanic Expedition
  • Breakfast (included)
  • Lunch (included)
  • Embark Expedition Vessel
  • Dinner (included)
Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)
Day 4
Titanic Expedition
  • At Sea, En Route to Titanic Site
  • Breakfast (included)
  • Lunch (included)
  • Dinner (included)
Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)
Day 5
Titanic Expedition
  • Arrival at the R.M.S. Titanic Site
  • Breakfast (included)
  • Lunch (included)
  • Dinner (included)
Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)
Day 6
Titanic Expedition
  • Expedition Staff
  • Breakfast (included)
  • Lunch (included)
  • Dinner (included)
Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)
Day 7
Titanic Expedition
  • Dive to the R.M.S. Titanic
  • Breakfast (included)
  • Lunch (included)
  • Dinner (included)
Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)
Day 8
Titanic Expedition
  • Dive Facts
  • Breakfast (included)
  • Lunch (included)
  • Dinner (included)
Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)
Day 9
Titanic Expedition
  • About Your Dive
  • Breakfast (included)
  • Lunch (included)
  • Dinner (included)
Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)
Day 10
Titanic Expedition
  • Observe & Photograph
  • Breakfast (included)
  • Lunch (included)
  • Dinner (included)
Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)
Day 11
Titanic Expedition
  • Boilers, Propellers & Sealife
  • Breakfast (included)
  • Lunch (included)
  • Dinner (included)
Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)
Day 12
Titanic Expedition
  • Depart the R.M.S. Titanic Site
  • Breakfast (included)
  • Lunch (included)
  • Dinner (included)
Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)
Day 13
Titanic Expedition
  • At Sea, En Route to St. John’s
  • Breakfast (included)
  • Lunch (included)
  • Dinner (included)
Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)
Day 14
St. John’s
  • Breakfast (included)
  • Arrival & Disembarkation
Sheraton Newfoundland
Traditional ()

1 DBL (2 Adults)
Day 15
St. John’s
  • Transfer – Airport – Vehicle/Driver
Depart (Int’l Airport)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, 1/2d = Half Day, Al = All Inclusive

Day 1: Halifax – Cruise

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer with vehicle and driver.

Accommodation: Marriott Harbourfront

Located in downtown Halifax, the Marriott Harbourfront hotel overlooks the harbour and connects to Casino Nova Scotia via an indoor skyway. The hotel is 1 block from the shops and restaurants of Historic Properties and offers spacious rooms with harbor or city views. Guestrooms feature luxury Revive Collection bedding with down comforters, turndown service, and both high-speed and wireless Internet access. The hotel has a 5,000-square-foot spa with personal trainers, and yoga and Pilates classes. Enjoy a dip in the indoor pool, soak in the spa tub, or head for the Scottish pub.


Day 2: Halifax – St. John’s

2012 is the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Departing from your hotel, today’s private tour with driver and guide encompasses all aspects of Halifax’s connection to the sinking of the Titanic, including the historic pier from which cable ships were dispatched to pick up victims, the churches, temporary morgue sites, and Fairview Cemetery, where rows of gravestones mark the final resting place of 121 victims. Immerse yourself in history at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, which houses an excellent permanent exhibit on the disaster, including photographs, wooden artifacts and the only intact Titanic deck chair in the world. Compare the details of this devastating event to the Halifax Explosion which occurred just five years later. The result of a collision between the Imo and the Mont Blanc, a French munitions ship, the explosion leveled the north end of Halifax, and killed or injured thousands. But most importantly, learn of the compassionate relief effort displayed by the world to help this city and its inhabitants overcome their instant and tragic loss, and rebuild their lives. Return to hotel.

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer with vehicle and driver.

Enjoy a flight from Halifax to St. John.

Includes airport transfer in luxury vehicle with private driver.

At 7:00 pm, meet other dive participants and your expedition leader for an orientation and casual briefing over a meal at the hotel restaurant.

Accommodation: Sheraton Newfoundland (Standard)

Overlooking St. John’s historic harbour, Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland is at the centre of a thriving community, and offers travelers a wealth of amenities all within easy reach of the historic city’s myriad attractions. Although Newfoundland is known as “the rock” for its rugged terrain, it is home to Canada’s friendliest souls. You’ll find a host of them at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland. Here in this perfect blend of rustic scenery and eastern Canadian hospitality, you will discover a relaxed elegance that reflects the spirit of these shores.


Day 3: St. John’s – Titanic Expedition

Enjoy most of today in the quaint town of St Johns, Newfoundland. At 3:00 pm, you will meet with expedition representatives in the hotel lobby for a complimentary transfer to the expedition vessel. At 5:00 pm, the vessel will depart the port of St. John’s, and begin the voyage toward the Titanic site.

Accommodation: Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)

Specially designed for operation under severe weather conditions, your expedition survey vessel will feature high manoeuvrability and station keeping capabilities. Service speed is approximately 14 knots, with max speed reaching 16 knots.
Accommodation is in shared/double occupancy cabins, and five-star cuisine is served three times daily.


Day 4: Titanic Expedition

While at sea, you will have time to explore the support ship, and meet the explorers, scientists, submersible pilots and other staff. You will be introduced to Dr Anatoly Sagalevitch, Head of the PP Shirshov Submergence Unit and Chief Pilot. Lectures and briefings by on-board experts will help you prepare for your upcoming 12,500-foot dive (approximately 3,750 meters) to the most famous shipwreck in the world. You will board the submersibles for an orientation session to become familiar with the surroundings. Meals prepared by first-class Western chefs are enjoyed in the Captain’s mess hall. On deck there are good opportunities to observe many species of seabirds, and possibly dolphins and whales.

Accommodation: Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)


Day 5: Titanic Expedition

Sea conditions permitting, you arrive at the Titanic site this morning, and the dives will commence.

During the 7 days at the Titanic wreck site, each diver will get to experience one deep-sea dive down to the wreck in a Russian Mir submersible dive unit.

The remaining days at the site will allow you to attend lectures, films and presentations on the Titanic and general oceanography, and get familiar with the Mirs, watching all of the launches and retrievals. Spend time getting to know your fellow expeditioners, stay active in the on-board fitness area, enjoy first class cuisine, or simply relax.

Accommodation: Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)


Day 6: Titanic Expedition

Brought to you in part by the Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Moscow, your expedition staff for the duration of this amazing experience will be comprised of the following:

-Anatoly Sagalevitch (Head of the Expedition)
-Rob McCallum (Expedition Guest Leader)
-Don Walsh (Oceanographer / Adventurer-Explorer)
-Peter Batson (Expedition Researcher)
-TBD Titanic Historian / wreck expert

Accommodation: Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)


Day 7: Titanic Expedition

While at the site of the Titanic wreck, on each of these exciting dive days (subject to weather conditions) submersible dives are planned for expeditioners (in each MIR there are two participants and a pilot) with time allotted for a rest period. Please note that the Captain and Expedition Leader will determine the sequence of dives and rest periods.

Your dive to the Titanic will be made aboard either the MIR I or MIR II submersibles. These vessels are capable of reaching ocean depths of 20,000 feet (6,090m).

Accommodation: Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)


Day 8: Titanic Expedition

It takes about two and a half hours to reach the ocean floor. As you approach the bottom the excitement begins to build. Your pilot slows the Mir’s descent and switches on the exterior lights. You eyes are glued to your viewport. Suddenly a lunar seascape emerges. You’ve reached the abyssal plain, 12,500 feet beneath the surface. Your pilot engages the thrusters and your Mir glides slowly above the ancient terrain. You are minutes away from the great wreck.

During your three to four hours down at the Titanic wreck site, you will explore most of the significant areas of interest. The dive will focus on the bow section, the largest and most impressive section of the wreck. Your Mir will glide over the top of the wreck to look down into the cavern where Titanic’s famous grand staircase was once located. You will also spend time exploring the iconic bridge and promenade areas.

Accommodation: Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)


Day 9: Titanic Expedition

Prior to the actual dives, participants will attend a final briefing with the pilots. Launching of MIR I and II will be staggered, however it is expected that they will both be at the wreck site together.

As the MIRs maneuver to explore the Titanic wreck; you will be entranced by its majesty and the sheer marvel of your endeavor. Ample time will be built in for photography and quiet observation.

On the way from bow to stern, or vice versa, your MIR will move out into Titanic’s debris field. You will see numerous artifacts strewn across on the ocean floor, undisturbed for a century. These will not be touched. (the dive is for observation only – there will be absolutely no attempts to salvage anything from the Titanic site.)

Accommodation: Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)


Day 10: Titanic Expedition

Dives can take place both in daytime and night time depending on prevailing conditions. Group members will be able to observe and photograph the operation from a good vantage point and will be updated regularly on the progress and route of the submersibles, and they will get a chance to visit the Navigation Room to hear the communication with the submersibles.

Accommodation: Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)


Day 11: Titanic Expedition

Dives involving expedition participants are interspersed with dives for the on-board scientists at the discretion of the Expedition Leader.

During you dive, you will be able to view one of the ship’s giant boilers as well as one of its enormous propellers. While focusing on the Titanic wreck, you will also see deep-sea life – rattail fishes, anemones, squat lobsters. Keep in mind that you are one of the few to have dived to these depths and seen these animals alive.

Accommodation: Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)


Day 12: Titanic Expedition

This is your final day at the Titanic wreck site. The support ship will depart the wreck site bound for St. John’s, Newfoundland later today.

Accommodation: Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)


Day 13: Titanic Expedition

As the support ship sails back in the direction of St. John’s, enjoy informal discussions and recaps with expedition leaders, tour the laboratories to watch scientists at work, and reflect on your incredible diving achievement. Weather permitting a farewell barbecue with your fellow divers, the MIR submersible team and the crew of the support ship will be held on the outside deck.

Accommodation: Expedition Dive Ship (Standard)


Day 14: St. John’s

A morning arrival to St. John’s, Newfoundland. After breakfast on board, you will bid farewell to your expedition team and disembark in St. John’s.

Accommodation: Sheraton Newfoundland


Day 15: St. John’s

Includes airport transfer in luxury vehicle with private driver.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)
  • What’s Included:
    • Guaranteed departure – Accommodation, Activities, Transfers, Meals, Fees where indicated as per the itinerary – Local and international traveler assistance during your tour – Specialised and personalised services
  • What’s not Included:
    • Tips – Laundry – Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages unless explicitly noted – Optional activities/extras – Visas (unless noted) – Vacation insurance
  • Trip Terms & Conditions
    • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $250). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure. We accept payment via credit card, certified check, wire transfer or money order.
    • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
    • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
    • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
    • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of deposit. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to 100% of program price.
    • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at http://www.horizon-co.com/terms-and-conditions
    • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.
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