Specialty Cruise Sails Toward Titanic's Final Resting Place
A special cruise at sea is marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
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At first glance, the Azamara Journey doesn't seem to have much in common with the ill-fated Titanic. However, on this cruise, it carries a passenger list that looks hauntingly familiar.
"I thought I was an anonymous passenger but everyone keeps calling me Molly, so I guess I'm Molly Brown," said passenger Laurie Castaneda.
About 440 passengers recently departed New York City on the sailing marking the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking.
The Azamara Journey -- specially chartered for the voyage -- will be one of at least two ships heading for the site where Titanic sank to pay their respects.
"They are tossing wreaths and things like that, a prayer service and reflection, we will gather all bundled up," said Maritime Historian Bill Miller.
The Journey will first visit a cemetery for Titanic victims in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
On the eight night cruise, the ship's captain is hoping to steer clear of icebergs.
"There shouldn't be but they said that 100 years ago too," said Captain Jason Ikiadis.
The 11-hour visit to the site where Titanic went down will be especially meaningful to Sharon Willing. A century ago, her great-grandmother was ushered onto a lifeboat by her great grandfather.
"She never saw him again. He did go down with the ship and his body was never found. That is his grave down there," Willing said. "You know I'm going to take a picture of the water, just acknowledging that he had an existence, and I'm a part of him."