For Titanic enthusiasts this is the last chance they have to take a look at cruising on his final resting place, 100 years after his tragic end.In early July, a series of expeditions undertaken by experts in marine diving Deep Ocean Expeditions (DOE), will take tourists to the wreck site, at 3,600 meters below sea level in the North Atlantic.
The British company has made trips to the Titanic in 1998, but the expedition leader, Rob McCallum, says these could be the last trip.Currently there are no other organizations that offer commercial tours to the Titanic, which means it would also be the last trips available for the general public.
"In fact we ended the dives to the Titanic in 2005 but this will be the centenary year and we have received many requests to make the trip, so we decided to do it again," said McCallum.
"Now that the last survivor died, I think it's time to move on (...) we are down to the Titanic on 197 occasions and it is time to do more," he adds.
In Deep Ocean Expedition (DOE) and we have three separate trips fully booked, they will leave Saint Johns, Newfoundland, and will lead to 20 travelers on board, each for 12 days.
To get to the dive site takes a half day of sailing and once they are there, give classes for travelers who can face the rigors of the open sea.Then, a submersible Mir, Russian Academy of Sciences, one of the most advanced technology vehicles to reach such depths, make a series of visits to the wreck.
"The dives last between 10 and 12 hours," says McCallum. "It takes two hours to come down to two hours to climb, leaving (at least) 6 hours to explore the surroundings," he adds.
Travelers can explore the outer parts of the bow and stern sections of the vessel fractured, located approximately 1.2 kilometers from each other, deep-sea and the sanctum of the ship, "said McCallum.
"It's an emotional experience. It's a big boat. There is something majestic in the Titanic. It was the pinnacle of human engineering feat of the time, "he adds.
Although heavily involved in organizing and planning the trip for DOE, McCallum has only been down once the Titanic.He says: "With a cost of $ 59.000 per person, making the expedition is a unique opportunity in life for many people."Still, despite the high cost not only the super people on board, continues McCallum.
He claims that there are many people who are enthusiastic middle-income or have a historical relationship with the boat and saving for years to make the trip.
"A passion leads them," said McCallum. "Sometimes it's a relationship with the Titanic, with someone who was on board or with the construction and operation of the ship."
"Other times, they are people in the engineering industry generally is not interested in the wreck but was interested to see what lies beyond the sea surface," he adds.
"No matter the reason, almost everyone who makes the trip experience humility," continues McCallum. "For them, see the Titanic and explore is the culmination of a dream."
Barring another company with a viable plan to continue business travel, McCallum believes that it is unlikely that future generations can appreciate the curiosities of the Titanic first hand."If someone tries it, I wish you good luck," says McCallum.
He concludes: "Unless you are really involved in underwater explorations, I think ... it would be too much for a challenge.