Underwater Expedition to the Titanic21st April 2017 | Sandro Lonardi
On April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg and met its fate, becoming the most famous shipwreck in the world.
The passenger liner has now rested at 12,600 feet (3,840 meters) for more than 105 years, and only a handful of people have seen it on the ocean floor.
Thanks to ever improving deep sea technology, it will soon be possible to travel to the Titanic using a manned submersible. Starting in 2018, members of the public will have the opportunity to see this historical treasure in her underwater glory.
Be a part of this select group by booking a Titanic expedition on Diviac. This is a trip for the adventurers among us.
Better hurry though - the first trip to 4,000m is already booked up!
- Where: Newfoundland and the North Atlantic Ocean
- When: May/June 2018 and May/June 2019
- Who: OceanGate Expeditions & Blue Marble Private
- Trip Duration: 8 days
- Vessel: Cyclops 2 Submersible & the Island Crown (DSS)
- Activities: One submersible dive to the RMS Titanic
- Target Group: Titanic Enthusiasts with Adventurous Spirits
- Max Number of Guests (Mission Specialists): 9
- Price: USD $105,129 - Equivalent to the price of First Class passage ($4,350) on the inaugural sailing of the RMS Titanic after adjusting for inflation.
- Day 1: Join your fellow “Mission Specialists” in St. John’s, Newfoundland and fly by helicopter or seaplane to the Dive Support Ship. Spend the afternoon at sea as you sail to the Titanic site.
- Day 2: Explore the ship and chat with the scientists, submersible pilots and expedition crew on board. Take part in Mission Specialist orientation sessions in order to learn how to assist the submersible experts in planning a dive, operating sonar, using navigation systems and preparing the vessel for diving.
- Days 3 to 6:
- Dive to the RMS Titanic. Submersible dives take place each day subject to the weather. A maximum of 3 passengers, a pilot and a deep ocean expert can dive day or night with every dive lasting approximately 6 to 8 hours.
- When on the ocean surface, you’ll have the opportunity to actively support the mission by assisting with the submersible launch and recovery, communications with the submersible and more. Meet with the crew for mission updates and dive briefs or enjoy lectures and discussions with deep ocean explorers and scientists.
- Day 7: Begin the journey back to Newfoundland on the Dive Support Ship. Join the post-mission debriefing with the crew and review the collected images and video. In the afternoon or evening, depart the ship by helicopter or seaplane and head for St. John’s.
- Day 8: Depart St. John’s and head home.
Over 100 years ago, the RMS Titanic was set to be the most luxurious and largest vessel of its time. Guests paid a premium to sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City in the USA. Four days into this journey, the ship hit an iceberg and sank in just over two hours.
Today, she lies in just over 12,000 feet (3,800 meters) of water at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Fewer than 200 people have seen her since April 14, 1912.
Beginning in 2018, Diviac is happy to partner with OceanGate Expeditions and Blue Marble Private to offer expeditions to the most famous shipwreck in the world. This 8-day journey will take 9 adventurers on a deep ocean rediscovery of the Titanic.
Together with a crew of experts, you’ll reach depths of up to 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) in the Cyclops 2, a specially designed titanium and carbon fiber submersible. You’ll hover over the Titanic’s deck and that famous grand staircase, laying your eyes on sights few will ever see.
This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
The Cyclops 2 Submersible
During the survey of the Titanic, the only non-governmental, manned submersible capable of reaching 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) will be used. The Cyclops 2 also has the largest viewport of any deep sea submersible, so you don’t have to miss any of the action.
Designed to withstand the massive pressures found at such depths, the Cyclops 2 is a research vessel for deep sea missions. She has the facilities for environmental assessments, equipment testing and sonar mapping.
Of course, safety is the main priority. This submersible exceeds the strict classification guidelines of Germanischer Lloyds. This means that it carries 96 hours of life support in addition to multiple emergency recovery systems.
During the dives, the air pressure inside the vessels remains equal to the pressure of sea level. And the air on board is recycled to maintain a safe standard.
All in all, the Cyclops 2 will offer the most comfortable deep diving environment possible.
Mission Specialists (that’s you!) will enjoy private rooms aboard the Island Crown, the dive support ship. This large ship has plenty of space for guests and crew in common areas, including lounges, a briefing room, a dining area and a small media room for viewing expedition media and recorded programs on the Titanic and deep sea exploration. A sauna and small gym are available for a little R&R.
All food and drink is provided to guests, including a limited amount of alcohol. There will also be food and drink on the submersible during dives.
The mothership is comfortable, spacious and clean, but it may not be considered luxurious. This is a working, scientific vessel built to withstand challenging conditions.
It should also be noted that the crew may install portable compartments on the deck to increase the amount of work space.
The Trip Includes
- One submersible dive to the wreck of the RMS Titanic
- Accommodation and meals on the Dive Support Ship
- Mission Specialist training before and during the expedition
- Opportunities to assist the crew with surface support
- Private pre-expedition planning and information events with the crew
- Expert presentations before and during the mission
- Expedition gear, including protective wear, a VHF radio and foul weather equipment
- Expedition report detailing discoveries made during the mission
- Access to a library of photos and sonar images of the wreck
- Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HUET)
The Trip Doesn’t Include
- Travel to and from St. John’s, Newfoundland
- Travel to and from the locations of the private events
- Travel to and from HUET training (if completed in advance of the mission)
- Shore side accommodation before and after the mission
- Accommodation at private events prior to the mission
- Travel insurance
- At least 18 years of age
- Be able to board small Zodiacs in rough seas
- Be comfortable in fluid environments where plans change frequently
- Have adequate balance, strength and flexibility (for climbing ladders and carrying equipment)
- Be able to complete the required, 1-day Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (Most guests will complete this the day before departure in Newfoundland)
- No scuba diving experience is necessary