Boarding passes in hand,my family boarded the huge ship, a bit apprehensive about what our journey might bring. This journey was quite the surprise for them. They thought we were only going to Branson, Missouri. Little did they know, we were preparing to spend the day at sea on the Maiden voyage of a HUGE ship. The name of this ship…. the Titanic!
Our boarding passes each contain the name, age, and story of an authentic Titanic passenger. I’m not talking about any made up make-believe person. These are the stories of real passengers of the Titanic! The ship we board is actually a scaled model of the original ship.With Grandma, Husband, Preschooler and Baby in tow, we began our journey. We got the chance to peer into many different aspects of the Titanic. We saw the 3rd class passengers cabins, and the cabin of the richest man on the boat! We even had the chance to feed the fire in the boiler room. We walked on the promenade deck at night, and peered at the beautiful stars.
Best of all, we got the chance to see the invaluable (but in fact, quite costly) artifacts of the Titanic. These artifacts include everything from silverware, to letters passengers sent home. During these galleries, you even have the chance to test out your morse code skills, and try your hand at steering the ship. Amongst the galleries, I came across one that moved me to my core. The musician’s gallery. The musician’s on the Titanic were some of the bravest yet, sacrificing an attempt at escape from the drowning ship in order to play for the passengers boarding lifeboats as the ship sank. They began playing upbeat, spunky music until they realized they’re impending fate. They then switched to sad, slow tunes that were described by survivors time and time again following the ships sinking. These musicians’ played until the ship went down, never once stopping.
If this story moves you, reading the stories of the passengers fate at the end is heartbreaking. Not only will you find whether the person on your boarding pass survived the sinking, you can follow up on the story of each survivor post Titanic. Each and every member of my family was thoroughly impressed, and learned a great deal about the Titanic. This was a journey we won’t soon forget. The staff were so helpful and friendly we felt like first class passengers, regardless of what our boarding passes read! I really appreciated the time they took to provide the entire journey through a child’s eye as well as an adults. This kept my four year old engaged, and gave me a chance to really read, learn, listen, and enjoy.
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