The MS Balmoral left Southampton today (April 08 2012) on a cruise that retraces the route of the ill-fated RMS Titanic liner exactly 100 years earlier.
The Titanic made the same journey setting out from Southampton on April 08 1912.
MS Balmoral departed Southampton on the memorial voyage at 16:00 local time – one hour later than scheduled.
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The cruise ship is carrying 1,309 passengers – the same number that were on the RMS Titanic when she sank.
The voyage will go to Cobh, Ireland via Cherbourg, France and then on to the Northern Atlantic Ocean to the exact location where the Titanic sank.
Again this part of the journey will coincide with the 100 year dates and times of the Titanic Disaster.
The Titanic hit an iceberg on 15 April 1912 and sank with the loss of 1,514 lives.
Passengers will gather for a service at the site of the disaster at 02:20 GMT Sunday April 15 – 100 years exactly since the Titanic went down.
Passengers from across the world are on-board the MS Balmoral, The passenger list includes relatives of people that were on the Titanic, historians and Titanic enthusiasts.
The voyage will be an emotional experience and includes a band, meals from the original Titanic menu and a range of talks and presentations by historians and Titanic experts.
Many boarded the liner in period costumes.
This time the voyage will end in New York.
Owner: Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
Length: 714ft 11 inches (615ft 10 inches when first built)
Beam: 92ft 7 inches
Draught: 23ft 9 inches (22ft 4 inches when first built)
Launched: November 1 1987 – Rebuilt in 2007
Speed: 25 knots
Max Passengers: 1,778 (1,230 when first built)
Owner: White Star Line
Length: 882ft 6 inches
Draught: 34ft 7 inches
Launched: 31 May 1911
Speed: 24 knots
Max Passengers: 2,435
Lifeboats: 20 (Maximum capacity 1,178 people – 2,224 people were on-board in total.)