If you’ve never seen the Titanic in person, you’re not alone. But you will soon be able to be part of this little coterie.

As part of a voyage with OceanGate Expeditions, you can visit the wreck of the Titanic next year alongside a team of dive experts, scientists and filmmakers. The caveat: it costs a quarter of a million dollars.

However, the experience promises to be unique. Scuttled in about 4,000m of water in the North Atlantic Ocean, RMS Titanic rests about 600km off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. The ship sank in 1912, taking about 1,500 souls with that. Divers first found her wreck in 1985.

OceanGate began operating sightseeing expeditions to the wreck in 2021. The limited group will have the opportunity to experience the Titanic from inside a five-person submersible called the “Titan” as part of the 10 day job.

Visitors to the circuit are referred to as “mission specialists”. It might sound amusing, but in reality, the company asks its customers to train in certain mission-specific tasks at sea. Submersible navigation, piloting, tracking, communications, maintenance and operations all do part of the checklist. Mission specialists perform submersible diving during the trip and assist on the surface when other teams dive.

There is room for six such positions in the mission, the brochure adds.

NASA bets on under-design

NASA helped design OceanGate’s submersible, which relies on constant cabin pressurization to eliminate the need for decompression during descent.

Mission specialists will see the wreckage on any of the Titan’s screens, or on their own tablet, whichever they prefer – that or with their own eyes. According to the brochure, the ship has at least one porthole.

“With the click of a button, mission specialists can select a camera, monitor sonar, or view preloaded images of deep-sea species and the Titanic as they discover an entirely alien world only a handful people have had the privilege of discovering,” the company says.

The crew will spend three to five hours exploring the wreckage of the Titan. Once OceanExpeditions assembles the 2023 team, it will depart St. John’s, Newfoundland aboard the support vessel “Horizon Arctic”. From there, the secrets of the depths await you.

The news comes on the heels of Titanic’s first-ever 8K footage – which OceanExpeditions recorded.

To find out how to take your first steps towards visiting the ‘unsinkable’ liner, go to OceanExpeditions’ “How to register” page.