Tempting Fate and Poseidon

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

An 8-day luxury cruise for $4900 had better be awfully damned luxurious. An 8-day luxury cruise whose price has been slashed nearly 80%, however, has some serious questions to answer. Perhaps most importantly, what on earth caused the price to drop so drastically?

Titanic Anniversary Cruise
Ah. Yes.

Suddenly, the question isn’t “Why is this package 80% off?”, but “Why isn’t a Titanic anniversary cruise, say, 99% off?”. Who thought this was a good way to commemorate the Titanic, the most famous shipwreck of all time? With the 100th anniversary of the disaster upon us and James Cameron digging up his 1997 film so that he can flog it some more1, we’ll doubtless be treated to a heaping overdose of Titanic-mania. Is a replica cruise2 necessary? Hell, is it even in good taste? It seems like the minute you find yourself registering the domain TitanicAnniversaryCruise.com, it’s time to reassess what you’re doing.

Given the climate change since 1912, icebergs are far less likely to be a problem for the cruise. However, when you head out on a luxury liner to celebrate the 100th anniversary of a shipwreck that cost more than 1,500 people their lives, you’re really giving the middle finger to fate, not to mention Greek god of the seas Poseidon.

Poseidon Statue
Never fuck with anyone who can palm a leatherback.
[Photo credit: Brian Hillegas]

Passengers should hope Miles Morgan, the man behind this whole thing, at least has the foresight to provide enough lifeboats.


Footnotes:

  1. Now in 3-D! ↩︎

  2. Featuring the same number of passengers as the original voyage, as well as the “opportunity to wear period costumes for those that wish to”. ↩︎


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