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Exhibit Focused on Sinking of Titanic Now on View at South Florida Science Center, West Palm Beach, thru April 20

December 2, 2013

A dramatic exhibit about the sinking of the Titanic is now on view at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, through April 20.

On April 15, 1912, the world’s largest Ship, Titanic, sank after colliding with an iceberg, claiming more than 1,500 lives and subsequently altering the world’s confidence in modern technology.  A little over a century later, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium pays tribute to the tragedy, which continues to resonate through Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, where nearly 100 legendary and priceless artifacts conserved from the Ship’s debris field will be showcased to provide visitors with a poignant look at this iconic Ship and its passengers. The exhibit at the South Florida venue at 4801 Dreher Trail in West Palm Beach runs through Titanic’s fateful 102nd anniversary with the exhibit closing on April 20, 2014.

“While important scientific discoveries are made every day,” said SFSCA CEO Lew Crampton, “there are few as stirring and dramatic as those researched and recovered from Titanic.  This blockbuster exhibit depicts an inspiring and dramatic time in our history and its discovery would not have been possible without the presence of modern day technology. We want visitors of all ages to be exposed to the notion that science is all around us, and we know this epic exhibit will accomplish that goal in a unique and highly educational way. We are grateful to the Quantum Foundation for their sponsorship in assisting us to underwrite this important exhibit. We’re convinced that from young to old, visitors of all ages will enjoy Titanic!”

The exhibition has been designed with a focus on the legendary RMS Titanic’s compelling human stories as best told through authentic artifacts and extensive room re-creations.  Perfume created by a man traveling to New York to sell his samples, china etched with the logo of the elite White Star Line, even personal effects like a cigar holder, toothpaste jar and a calling card– these and many other authentic objects offer haunting, emotional connections to lives abruptly ended or forever altered.

Visitors are quickly drawn back in time to 1912 as they enter the exhibit, with each receiving a replica boarding pass of an actual passenger on board Titanic. They then begin their chronological journey through the life of Titanic, moving through the Ship’s construction, to life on board, to the ill-fated sinking and amazing artifact rescue efforts.  Visitors will marvel at the recreated first and third-class cabins, and can press their palms against an iceberg while learning of countless stories of heroism and humanity.

In the “Memorial Gallery,” guests will take their boarding pass to the memorial wall and discover whether their passenger and traveling companions survived or perished.

Over the past 15 years, more than 25 million people have seen this powerful exhibition in major museums worldwide, from Chicago to Los Angeles and Paris to London.  RMS Titanic, Inc. is the only company permitted by law to recover objects from the wreck site of Titanic. The company was granted Salvor-in-Possession rights to the wreck site of Titanic by a United States federal court in 1994 and has conducted eight research and recovery expeditions to the sunken ship, rescuing more than 5,500 artifacts.

“We know that a passion for science is at the heart of any health care career so, as a health care foundation, we’re excited that the South Florida Science Center is growing and developing as a center for science education in the region,” said Quantum Foundation President Eric Kelly.  “Big exhibits like this help draw new people in to explore the world of science and this exhibit will encourage those who haven’t experienced the newly-renovated Science Center to come and see how just how exciting it is.”

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, formerly known as the South Florida Science Museum, recently completed a $5 million expansion and renovation and will host Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition in its newly expanded exhibit hall.  With a new mission to “open every mind to science,” the Science Center features more than 50 hands-on educational exhibits, an 8,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium- featuring both local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall and an interactive Everglades exhibit.   All exhibits will be open during the Titanic’s special showing.

Admission to the Science Center during Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition will be $15 for adults, $11.50 for children aged 3 to 12, and $13.50 for seniors aged 62 and older.  Science Center members and children under 3 are free; and school group pricing will not be affected.  Planetarium shows and miniature golf are not included in general admission pricing.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is located at 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach and is open Monday – Friday from 9am-5pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm.  For more information, call 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org.  Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @SFScienceCenter.

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Luxury Tour Operator Organizes Dives to the Titanic by Submersible Vehicle

January 23, 2011

Luxury  tour operator Luxury and More Travel is offering a rare opportunity to view the Titanic by submersible, diving down to the 12,500-foot depth.

You don’t need any particular skills to join the expeditions, which will take place in the weather window of April-September 2012.

There are no general restrictions on who can travel, but the final decisions are made by the expedition organisers. All those wishing to travel would have to be medically and physically able to do so.

The cost for dive participants on the expedition is $59,900 dollars per person, and for non-dive personnel $10,000 per person with shared cabin occupancy.

Here’s the way the journey will unfold:

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 overlooking St. John’s harbour (15 minutes from the airport; there is a shuttle or taxi) The airport shuttle ride takes approximately 15 minutes to the hotel, please take a taxi or shuttle from the airport. At 7 pm., there is an opportunity to meet other dive participants and expedition leader 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. You meet at 3 pm at the hotel lobby for transfer to the support ship. The support ship departs at 5 p from 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, and meet the explorers, scientists, submersible pilots and other staff.

Lectures and briefings by on-board experts will help prepare for the 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, the group arrives 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, each holding two participants and a pilot. These vessels are capable of reaching ocean depths of 20,000 feet (6,090m). The dives are subject to weather conditions, with time allotted for a rest period, and the captain will schedule the dives.

Prior to the actual dives, participants will attend a final briefing with the pilots. Launching of MIR I and II will be staggered, but 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 the support ship and independent arrangements begin.

Weather delays during dive days could possibly extend the expedition, therefore it is strongly suggested that you do not schedule any important appointments until after day 14. Alternatively if the expedition encounters good weather the support ship may return to St Johns slightly earlier than scheduled. In this instance passengers may remain aboard the vessel in the port of St Johns until disembarkation on the morning of their agreed departure.

Bookings and deposits will be accepted in April this year. The diving order is determined by the order in which participants pay up in full for their dive.

The deposit schedule is $10,000 as an initial deposit;  $20,000 due by September 30, and $29,900 due 150 days prior to the expedition.

If a participant cancels after the initial deposit and before September 30th 2011, a non-refundable booking fee of $2500 will be retained.

If a participant cancels after September 30th and before 150 days prior to their expedition, 50% of the monies shall be refunded.

If a participant cancels within 150 days of the expedition, no refunds are due.

All potential participants are strongly recommended to have trip cancellation insurance in place.

On the night of April 14, 1912, a clear moonless night in the north Atlantic, the world’s most famous and largest passenger liner, labeled “unsinkable” by its owners, the White Star Line, struck an iceberg at 11:40 pm. At 2:17 am Titanic’s huge stern heaved up into the air, where she broke apart, and began her plunge to the ocean floor some two-and-a-half miles below. On that ride of death to her final resting place, she took with her 1,558 passengers and crew still clinging to her decks. The lifeboats had departed with only 650 persons aboard, and with only 55 people surviving the icy waters of the north Atlantic, the number saved from over 2,200 souls on board was only 705 persons.

Luxury and More Travel is also giving participants a special item of Titanic tableware china, exclusively reproduced by the original manufacturers of Titanic’s original china for her “A la Carte Dining Room,” as a memento of their journey.

For more information contact +44(0) 7971 224 671, e: david@luxuryandmoretravel.com, visit the website, www.luxuryandmoretravel.com/ or  www.facebook.com/pages/Nottingham/Luxury-and-more-Travel/138841356144169.