Titanic Belfast, the biggest Titanic visitor attraction in the world, will open March 31st (experts predict 400,000 people will descend upon the center during its first year with more than 35,000 tickets already sold). The city of Cobh (known as Queenstownin 1912) will observe the centenary with the Titanic 100 Event series.
Halifax, Nova Scotiahas a special connection to Titanic with the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Titanic sites. Among them are three cemeteries where the Titanic dead are buried, their gravestones all cut from the same granite, all with the same date: April 15, 1912.
In Washington D.C. every year, you can attend the ringing of the bell at the Titanic Memorialto honor the brave gentlemen who died that night so women and children could be saved.
Titanic: â€œBlood & Steelâ€is a 12-part BBC mini-series which focuses on the origin of the Titanic and the shipâ€™s construction in Belfast, Ireland circa 1907. This emotional story is seen through the eyes of the wealthy men who backed and designed the ship as well as the laborers who fit together the nuts and bolts (14,000 workers). As of this writing, the U.S. network is TBA (keep you posted!).
3. The Titanic First Class Dinner menuincluded a thirteen course meal from scallops to cream of barley soup to filet mignon to mint sorbet. You could travel to a hotel inSouthamptonor outside Philadelphiato enjoy a sumptuous Titanic dinner emulating the first class fare hotel.
Iâ€™m really looking forward to the concert from The Spirit of Titanic who will perform music from the movie and the period with the Titanic Choristers and National Symphony Orchestra. According to my tweets with Spirit of Titanic, theyâ€™re planning to release a DVD of the concert. Canâ€™t wait.
5. Without the wireless sending distress signals from the Titanic, most likely there would have been no survivors. These chilling messages will be rebroadcast in real time on April 14th and 15th by the Nova Scotia Museum on Twitter: â€œâ€¦the same wireless messages operators received in 1912.â€
This is a must-do event for all Titanic enthusiasts. I participated in the event last year and I can still feel the strong pull of those messages sent out across the Atlantic on that bitterly cold, starry night.
Iâ€™m proud to be a part of Titanic with my novel, TITANIC RHAPSODY. My story is a romance about an Irish emigrant named Katie Oâ€™Reilly who believed so hard in the American Dream she risked it all to sail on the Titanic.
The ship of dreams.
Cover Art by Dar Albert
Katieâ€™s grand adventure begins when she boards the Titanic with the law at her heels and runs straight into the arms of the handsomest man sheâ€™s ever seenâ€”
â€œNow if youâ€™ll be pointing me in the right direction to the third class deck,â€ Katie said, showing him her ticket, â€œIâ€™ll be on me way.â€
â€œAnd right into the hands of the law.â€
She took in a deep breath. So he did know.
He continued, â€œYou have no choice but to allow me to offer you my protection.â€
â€œAnd who are you, sir?â€
He bowed slightly. â€œCaptain Lord Jack Blackthorn, at your service.â€
What are you waiting for, girl? Look at the man, will you?
He was tall, muscular and possessed an arrogance that intrigued her. Not to mention a building heat inside her that warmed her down to her toes.
He seemed more alive to her than any man sheâ€™d ever seen. A man who knew his charm and savored it.
“And why would you be helping the likes of me?â€ Katie wanted to know with a proud air.
He smiled at that, continuing to stare at her, his eyes dark and searching. â€œCome with me and find out.â€
2012 is going to be a momentous year for all things Titanic. I hope youâ€™ll join me for future posts as we count down to that fateful night.