2012 - Titanic Memorial Cruise
Sailing in the wake of RMS Titanic, 100 years later.
The Balmoral is a similar size to the Titanic, being 43,537 tons against the Titanic's 46,000 tons.
Memorial to the Titanic's brave bandsmen.
This memorial plaque is in Southampton. It bears the inscription "They Died At Their Posts Like Men".
Memorial to the Titanic's officers and crew.
This one is also in Southampton.
In remembrance of some of the crew.
You can see the name Thomas Millar. His great-granddaughter, Susie Millar, was on board the Balmoral sharing her great-grandfather's story with us.
Waiting to board at Southampton.
As well as the White Star Line pennant, there were photos of some of the key passengers and crew. Here we see lookout Frederick Fleet and passenger Millvena Dean.
Bell-boys, 1912 style.
Some of the staff at Southampton dressed in period costume.
Captain Smith and Second Officer Lightoller.
"3rd Class passengers", Southampton.
Some of the staff getting into the spirit.
Our arrival in Cobh (Queenstown), Ireland.
Everyone, it seemed, had turned out to meet the Balmoral on this unique voyage.
White Star Line building, Cobh.
This was the original White Star booking office, from which Titanic passengers bought their tickets.
White Star Line building, Cobh.
Another view of the White Star building.
M/S Balmoral in Cobh.
Memorial plaque to the Titanic victims, Cobh.
Cobh (formerly Queenstown) was the Titanic's last port of call.
Memorial plaque, Cobh.
This is the inscription shown below the commemorative plaque in the previous photo.
Champagne breakfast on the Balmoral.
Smoked salmon, fresh fruit and champagne for breakfast. :-)
Cabin 4170, M/S Balmoral.
Our "home" for twelve nights.
Debbie in 1912 formal dress.
Many of the passengers got into the spirit of the occasion and dressed in period costume.
More free champers at the Captain's cocktail party.
There were three such parties on this voyage, and we consumed copious quantities of free booze at each. :-)
Donny and Barbara from Toronto, Canada.
Our table 61 companions, in whose company we spent many a pleasant hour.
Joanna and David from Ohio, USA.
This father-and-daughter couple also graced our table in the restaurant. Mealtimes were a real occasion and a pleasure.
Boat deck on the Balmoral.
There is a certain irony to viewing the lifeboat stations when on the Titanic memorial cruise.
Morning Light Pub, M/S Balmoral.
Jacuzzi on Deck 7, aft.
We often sat out here after breakfast in the Palms Café.
Deck 7, aft.
It was from this deck that the memorial service was held on 14/15 April.
Ship's chart, showing our route across the Atlantic.
The position of the Titanic wreck is also marked on the chart.
Balmoral bow, heading across the "Pond".
Pool deck (deck 7) and wake of the Balmoral.
Full steam ahead across the Atlantic.
Funnel of the Balmoral, showing Fred.Olsen logo.
The Marquee deck (deck 11) on the Balmoral.
A pleasant place to sit if the weather was hot enough.
Artist James Flood completes another painting.
He specialises in painting maritime scenes, particularly the Titanic. The original paintings fetch some fantastic prices.
Commemorative wreath for commital to the deep.
Three commemorative wreaths were cast into the ocean above the Titanic wreck.
The musicians do a musical tribute to the Titanic.
They played tunes from Wallace Hartley's band's repertoire.
"Gentlemen, it has been an honour to play with you."
Gathering on Deck 7 aft for the memorial service.
The White Star Line pennant flies from the stern mast.
The White Star Line pennant flies from the mast.
A perfectly fitting tribute.
The GPS co-ordinates of the Titanic wreck.
Passengers left personal tributes to the 1500 dead.
"Died 15th April 1912".
A gravestone for one of the many unknown victims whose bodies were brought to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Another Titanic disaster victim.
"He played on as the ship went down."
Floral tribute for John Law Hume, one of the bandsmen on the Titanic.
Died on duty - 15th April 1912.
Victims of the Titanic disaster, Fairview Lawn Cemetery
Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The remains of Pier 54, New York City.
Pier 54 was where the Carpathia docked on 17th April 1912, carrying 705 survivors of the Titanic disaster.
Balmoral Crew Show.
Traditional Indonesian dance.
The colourful Crew Show.
Thai members of the Balmoral crew.
The "lady" at the front is actually a guy; he was a barman in the Lido lounge.
The engine room crew members entertain us.