ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Adventure tourists with money in the bank have a new bucket list travel item: a spot on a submarine diving 3,800 metres down to the rusting remains of one history's most iconic shipwrecks.
Week-long expeditions to the Titanic are set to depart from St. John's, N.L., this June, in the first manned surveys of the decaying vessel since 2005.
A ride on the aptly-named Titan submarine costs just over $168,000 per ticket.
Stockton Rush, CEO of OceanGate Expeditions, the U.S. company running the show, defended the hefty price tag, saying the trip is more than worthwhile for an experience he said is more rare than space travel.
“What we're doing is something that's going to add to the historical record of the Titanic — what is it like now, how is it decaying, what kind of marine life is there. We're going to be making real discoveries,” Rush said in a phone interview from Washington state.
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