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In pictures: Passengers from ‘Titanic’ cruise stop off in Ireland

They were greeted in Cobh by crowds, music and the ‘Titanic Deals’ discount store…

Passengers from the cruise pose in front of the vessel
Passengers from the cruise pose in front of the vessel
Image: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

IT MIGHT NOT be to everybody’s taste – but hundreds of passengers who booked to travel on a cruise retracing the Titanic’s final voyage seemed to be enjoying themselves as they docked in Cobh yesterday.

The Titanic Memorial Cruise, operated by Miles Morgan Travel, is carrying 1,309 passengers – the same number that set out on the ill-fated liner in 1912. (There were also around 900 staff on board.)

Food on board will attempt to recreate the Titanic’s menus, and bands will play music from the era. A number of Titanic experts and at least one relative of a Titanic survivor are on board.

“It will be the first time I’ve ever been on a cruise, so it’s all a very new experience. Being at sea over the spot where the Titanic went down exactly 100 years ago will be very moving I imagine,” said passenger Liz Horner from London. She added:

1912 was such a glamorous era so we’re going to buy ourselves some new dresses reflective of the time. It’s such a one off event, it will be a trip of a lifetime. We felt we couldn’t miss it.

The ship was delayed docking at Cobh by strong winds yesterday, but was greeted by crowds and bands playing when it finally arrived, the BBC reports.

A service will be held on board to mark the exact time when the Titanic sank in the north Atlantic.

In pictures: Passengers from ‘Titanic’ cruise stop off in Ireland
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  • Titanic cruise docks in Cobh

  • Titanic cruise docks in Cobh

  • Titanic cruise docks in Cobh

  • Titanic cruise docks in Cobh

  • Titanic cruise docks in Cobh

  • Titanic cruise docks in Cobh

  • Titanic cruise docks in Cobh

  • Titanic cruise docks in Cobh

  • Titanic cruise docks in Cobh

  • Titanic cruise docks in Cobh

  • Titanic cruise docks in Cobh

  • Titanic cruise docks in Cobh

  • Titanic cruise docks in Cobh

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