Worldwide travel agencies compete in imagination to offer ever more surprising expeditions. In June, the first tourists will be able to descend on the shipwreck of the “Titanic” boat. An incredible experience.
A hundred thousand dollars! It seems overpriced, and yet. Compared to a first class ticket of 1912 ($4,000), the year the “Titanic” was inaugurated, it is not expensive. This is what the nine passengers who will board the OceanGate submarine “Cyclops 2” in June have paid to observe the wreck.
It is to say the exceptional character of this descent to the abysses for which 54 people have already made their reservation. Since April 14, 1912, the reputedly unsinkable liner has been lying at a depth of 4,000 meters for one hundred and six years and has been attacked by a bacterium, the well-named “Halomonas titanicae,” which gnaws at a rate of 600 kilos per day! So much so that, in forty years, there may no longer be “Titanic.”
For the nine tourists, the journey will start by helicopter from St. Petersburg. The vessel was stationed above the wreckage 600 kilometers from Newfoundland. The whole excursion will be eight days but, of course, not to the bottom of the water. During two days, passengers will receive a briefing by scientists and experts on the history of the “Titanic.”
Those who wish to can “help” the technical team prepares for the descent, declares OceanGate. Because the submarine is an observation instrument designed to map the ship in 3D to study the speed with which it decays. It is from the third to the sixth day, in groups of three and depending on the weather, that the three-hour descent will take place. Accompanied by a pilot and an expert, they will descend towards the wreck to the highlight of the show: the famous grand staircase (photo). Clients will be able to assist the scientist with his readings. Not sure however that tourist who has paid so much want to scribble figures on paper.
As close to the aurora australis as possible
Not everyone has the chance to admire the northern lights of the North Pole. New Zealanders, for example. On the other hand, they are not so far from the South Pole, where the southern lights, less frequent, are visible at certain times of the year. This gave Air New Zealand the idea of chartering a flight solely for this purpose: to observe the phenomenon as closely as possible. After two hours of flight, the 130 passengers can admire this spectacle of green lights for four hours, still in flight. What about the passengers stuck in the middle seat?
The company has thought about them and did not offer them for sale. That explains the ticket price: 2 600 dollars in eco and 5 200 dollars in business. The idea made small because a Canadian company, Air North, proposes flights only intended for the observation of the aurora borealis. And for $525. It must be said that it is much less far. But as beautiful!