|by Andrea Minarcek||Cruises||15|
A luxury cruise designed to memorialize the famous Titanic ship's doomed maiden voyage is very close to selling out—a full 18 months before it sets sail on April 8, 2012.
The 12-night cruise will retrace the exact path of the original itinerary, sailing from Southampton, England and past Cherbourg on the French coast, before arriving at the Irish port of Cobh, on April 14th, 2012—exactly 100 years from the date of the Titanic's sinking.
A memorial service is scheduled in Cobh that day, to mark the occasion.
As of October 7th, 2010 at noon E.S.T., only 9 cabins remained: three "Superior Suites," from £5,995, and six "Superior Outside Cabins," from £3,750.
According to Travel Weekly, bookings have so far come from 26 countries, with the largest number of passengers hailing from the U.S., closely followed by the U.K.
Some thirty passengers reportedly have ancestors who perished on the original voyage.
On the Memorial Cruise's web site, a tagline invites you to "reserve your place in history"—clever and enticing, maybe, but the superstitious side of me can't help but wonder: Is recreating such a tragic trip, in some ways, tempting fate?
What do you think: Would you want to be a part of the Titanic Memorial Cruise?