Due to situations beyond our control, we regret that this trip has been canceled.
July 1 - 14, 2012
Day 1: Arrive St. John's, Newfoundland
Expedition participants arrive independently into St. John's, Newfoundland throughout the day. Transfers are independent to the Hotel Fairmont Newfoundland overlooking St. John’s harbor. The airport shuttle ride takes approximately 15 minutes to the hotel, please take a taxi or shuttle from the airport. (Overnight accommodation, Dinner on own account)
19:00 Optional: Meet other dive participants and dive representative Commander Don Walsh USN(ret) for an orientation and casual briefing over a meal at the hotel restaurant. Alternatively you may wish to choose a local restaurant for dinner on your own.
Day 2: St. John's/At Sea
Enjoy most of today in the quaint town of St Johns, Newfoundland. Mid-afternoon board the support ship and set sail on the exciting journey towards the Titanic wreck site, lying in international waters 380 miles to the southeast of Newfoundland.
15:00 Meet with staff in the hotel lobby for complimentary transfer to the support ship.
17:00 Support ship departs the port of St Johns.
Day 3: At Sea, en route Titanic site
While at sea, you will have time to explore the support ship an extraordinary research ship, and meet the explorers, scientists, submersible pilots and other staff. You will be introduced to Dr Anatoly Sagalevitch, Head of the PP Shirshov Submergence Unit and Chief Pilot.
Lectures and briefings by on-board experts will help you prepare for your upcoming 12,500-foot dive (approximately 3,750 meters) to the most famous shipwreck in the world. You will board the submersibles for an orientation session to become familiar with the surroundings. Meals prepared by first-class Western chefs are enjoyed in the Captain’s mess hall. On deck there are good opportunities to observe many species of seabirds, and possibly dolphins and whales.
Days 4-10: Arrival at Titanic site/Dives to the RMS Titanic
Sea conditions permitting, we arrive at the Titanic site in the morning of day 4, and the dives will commence. Your dive to the Titanic will be made aboard either the MIR I or MIR II submersibles. These vessels are capable of reaching ocean depths of 20,000 feet (6,090m).
Each of these exciting dive days (subject to weather conditions) submersible dives are planned (in each MIR there are two participants and a pilot) with time allotted for a rest period. Please note that the Captain and Expedition Leader will determine the sequence of dives and rest periods.
Prior to the actual dives, participants will attend a final briefing with the pilots. Launching of MIR I and II will be staggered, however it is expected that they will both be at the wreck site together. Dives can take place both in daytime and night time depending on prevailing conditions. Group members will be able to observe and photograph the operation from a good vantage point and will be updated regularly on the progress and route of the submersibles, and they will get a chance to visit the Navigation Room to hear the communication with the submersibles.
Dives involving expedition participants are interspersed with dives for the on-board scientists at the discretion of the Expedition Leader. There are ongoing post- dive celebrations, and time for informal socializing. Enjoy lectures and discussions with deep ocean explorers and scientists, and take advantage of the ship’s library and video facilities.
Day 11: Departing Titanic site, en route St Johns, Newfoundland
Our final day at the Titanic wreck site. The support ship will depart the wreck site bound for St Johns, Newfoundland later today
Day 12: En route St Johns, Newfoundland
As the support ship sails back in the direction of St. John’s, enjoy informal discussions and recaps with expedition leaders, tour the laboratories to watch scientists at work, and reflect on your incredible diving achievement. Weather permitting a farewell barbecue with your fellow divers, the MIR submersible team and the crew of the support ship will be held on the outside deck.
Day 13: Arrival St Johns, Newfoundland and Disembarkation
A morning arrival to St Johns Newfoundland. After breakfast on board, disembark in St. Johns. (B) 08:00 Disembarkation of support ship and independent arrangements begin.
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