Is 'Titanic Cruise' Cursed?

Balmoral start stymied by high winds, rough seas, sick passenger

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 9, 2012 11:30 PM CDT | Updated Apr 10, 2012 12:48 PM CDT

(Newser) – A ship aiming to trace the Titanic's route seems to be plagued by bad luck. The luxury liner MS Bamoral left England over the weekend on a Titanic Memorial Cruise, and was set to pick up passengers in France and Ireland before heading to America. But stiff 45mph winds and rough seas kept the liner holding off shore for hours yesterday until it was finally safe enough to dock in Cobh, Ireland. The ship finally set off from Cobh, but a sick passenger has forced it to turn around today, reports the BBC. A helicopter is expected to pick up the passenger closer to the shore, notes AP, so the ship can head back out to sea.

The Balmoral is following the Titanic's route and hosting passengers—some of them descendants of the victims who went down with the great liner 100 years ago—in era costumes. The cruise is offering some of the identical meals of the ill-fated trip, and presenting memorial services during the voyage. The Balmoral is supposed to reach New York in 10 days, though it may now be delayed, reports ABC News.

Passengers pose for pictures in period costume as they disembark on the MS Balmoral.
Passengers pose for pictures in period costume as they disembark on the MS Balmoral.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
US passengers in period costumes look out from aboard the MS Balmoral Titanic memorial cruise ship as it sails from Southampton, England.
US passengers in period costumes look out from aboard the MS Balmoral Titanic memorial cruise ship as it sails from Southampton, England.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Passengers put on their life jackets during an emergency drill aboard the MS Balmoral Titanic memorial cruise ship, as it sets sail from Southampton, England.
Passengers put on their life jackets during an emergency drill aboard the MS Balmoral Titanic memorial cruise ship, as it sets sail from Southampton, England.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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