And I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
For the next almost-decade, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition will be docked at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas.
Hundreds of artifacts, dug up from the ruins of the Titanic are right there, on display, under lights and in glass cases.
What a great opportunity to learn more about such an historically important event. We loved it.
As you walk in, they hand you a boarding pass. They give you a name, tell you what class you’re in and who you’re travelling with.
You walk through the exhibition, pass in hand, suddenly curious to find out what sort of life your own personal passenger lived. You find out how much they paid for their ticket, what sort of possessions they owned on the ship – you see possessions that have been preserved for years at the bottom of the ocean… combs, luggage, shaving accessories… they could be from your very passenger.
At the very end is a huge wall listing every passenger logged on the Titanic and what their fate was. My first class lady survived – ladies and children were first to take the life boats, but unfortunately her husband did not.
Among the possessions, an unopened bottle of Champagne caught my eye – a 1900 vintage. You can’t tell me they weren’t tempted to crack that when they found it!
The exhibition has many surprises – the to-scale replica of the grand staircase is magnificent, taking up an entire room to itself. The photo taken on it by the exhibit’s photographer is a nice romantic touch to your date.
In another room, you stand on a replica deck of the great ship as she passes through the night, watching the sky, dotted with stars.
In the most devastating room of all, there sits a huge ice block. It is frigidly cold, and in the audio tour you hear echoes of people calling out, frightened. Their quotes and memories are shown throughout,
In this room, we were lucky enough to meet the exhibitor’s very knowledgable curator, who was on hand to answer questions and tell us a little more about the voyage and the ruins itself.
I welled up with tears a few times, it was that overwhelming.
The Luxor exhibition at Vegas is lucky enough to boast the single largest piece of the Titanic they managed to pull up from the ocean bed. It is, aptly named, The Big Piece. 25 tonnes of metal, excavated from 2-and-a-half-miles beneath the surface of the ocean it sank in. It goes some way in showing you just how large this ship really was.
If you find yourself in Vegas – let’s face it, a city that’s not really geared towards couples at all, unless they’re getting married by Elvis – slip away from all the noise, fuss and yard-long alcoholic squishies and spend a quiet couple of hours roaming this exhibition with your sweetie. It feels miles away from the strip, as if you really are in the middle of a silent ocean.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is on show at the Luxor Hotel & Casino at Las Vegas until 2019. The tickets will set you back a little more than the usual $30 you see on this site, but for the once-in-a-lifetime experience, it’s worth it. The Audio Tour is also a must.
A little romance, and a lot of sadness all rolled into one date straight to you from the depths of the ocean.