Citizen Explorers Quickly Book 2019 Titanic Missions


Published Jan 29, 2019 12:28 AM by The Maritime Executive

Citizen explorers seeking an adventurous, scientific and meaningful experience are rapidly booking 2019 once-in-a-lifetime missions to the RMS Titanic in the OceanGate submersible, Titan.

The 10-day missions to the Titanic, resting at more than 3,800 meters (~12,500 feet) below the ocean surface, are a unique journey that fewer than 200 people in the world have ever done.

“People are seeking meaningful adventure experiences and they want to make a difference,” shared Stockton Rush, CEO, OceanGate. "It's a travesty to just go, look and come back up. Our expedition allows Mission Specialists to explore as part of a team that is doing something incredibly rare and valuable, and also play an active role on the sub and ship throughout the mission.”

During the six-week expedition, the company plans to collect the first ever 4K resolution images and video of the wreck site and debris field while simultaneously capturing laser data to create the first ever 3D virtual model of the historic wreck.

“We couldn’t do the survey work we are doing without the support of the Mission Specialists,” said Mark Bauman, CEO, Virtual Wonders. “There is speculation that the shipwreck is experiencing an accelerating rate of decay, but without current data scientists don’t really know. The expedition will allow us to create a high-definition 3D model so scientists can better predict how long the wreck will be there.”

The less adventurous companions of Mission Specialists, can now join the expeditionary trips minus the deep dive experience to the Titanic. Companions get to join at 50 percent of the Mission Specialist expedition support fee. Companion spaces are extremely limited, and booking early is encouraged. During the 10-day missions, companions may participate in the other trip activities. With only a few openings remaining in the 2019 expedition season, OceanGate also began taking bookings for the 2020 season.

The company further announced that beginning February 15, 2019, the mission support fee to participate in the Titanic Survey Expedition will change from $105,129 to $125,000. Those booking before the price change will be able to lock in the original mission support fee.

The 2019 missions mark the first manned exploration of the world’s most iconic shipwreck since 2005. The missions run June through August. To learn more and apply to become a Mission Specialist, visit titanicsurveyexpedition.com.

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