Titanic Memorial Cruise 2012
Fans of cruise history will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to memorialize the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic over the actual spot in the North Atlantic where it happened. Join other history buffs aboard the luxurious and intimate Azamara Journey as she sails from New York on April 10th—the same day the Titanic departed Southampton on her ill-fated maiden voyage. This special cruise will feature historians and guest speakers, as well other activities and event to re-create the period in 1912 when the Titanic set sail. You can learn more about this cruise here.
I recommend picking up a copy of Walter Lord’s A Night to Remember. Written in 1952, it’s filled with first-hand accounts from guests, officers and crew that were among the fortunate to survive that night. The book was adapted in 1958 into a movie, and then was later followed up in a sequel published in 1986, named The Night Lives On.
For those interested in the golden age of transatlantic service, I highly recommend The Only Way to Cross by John Maxtone-Graham. It traces the history of the passenger ship industry as a form of transportation (vs. pure recreation) from its earliest days to the eventual demise in the mid-1960s when the jet age became the mode of choice for crossing the Atlantic.