The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Dark Tourism: Titanic Memorial Cruise 2012

Via the 'Dark Tourism' listserv, the following is an extract from the marketing publicity for a cruise commemorating the Titanic's fated maiden voyage…pretty ghoulish if you ask me.


British travel firm Miles Morgan Travel are taking reservations for this unique cruise that will commemorate the Titanic's tragic voyage in April 1912.


Our voyage of a lifetime will sail from Southampton on 8th April 2012 the twelve night cruise on board the MS Balmoral and will follow the RMS Titanic's original itinerary, passing by Cherbourg on the French coast before calling into the Irish port of Cobh.

From here the ship will sail across the Atlantic, arriving at the Titanic site on April 14th/15th exactly 100 years on from this tragic voyage, where a memorial service will be held to pay tribute to the brave passengers and crew who perished on that fateful night.

Statue of Liberty

The voyage will then continue to Halifax, Nova Scotia, the final resting place of many who were on board, before sailing on to New York, the Titanic's ultimate planned destination.

This is obviously a unique event and such is the interest in the 100th anniversary of the Titanic it is highly recommended that a booking be made as soon as possible.






J said...

Oh, they are going to sell out in minutes.

I find the Oasis of the Seas project way creepier than this, to be honest - ships just get bigger and more ostentatious, and I feel like the hubris must be punished in a Tower-of-Babel sort of way.

Ceri said...

In some ways I don't see the issue with this so much - at least they are only sailing along the route and not pretending to recreate the actual fatal night through role-play or something. More disturbing to me are the experiences where you can e.g. pretend to be a 'slave' and take part in an escape along the underground railroad - they are never going to re-create the conditions as they really were so it is a pointless exercise in making money out of tragic events. But then human beings are very good at that sort of thing!