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April 03, 2012 09:44 ET

Cheapflights.com Honors the Great Ship Titanic

Commemorates the Centennial With Top 10 Titanic Anniversary Sights and Events

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Apr 3, 2012) - This month we mark the 100 year anniversary since the great ship Titanic's devastating tragedy. April 10, 1912, was an exciting day for many as the RMS Titanic, known as the "unsinkable" ship, set sail on her maiden voyage across the North Atlantic from Southampton, UK, to New York. It was only four days later, on the night of April 14, 1912, when this story of hope and awe turned tragic as the ship collided with an iceberg and sank in two-and-a-half hours with the loss of more than 1,500 people. To this day, the tragic tale of Titanic is a shared fascination across the world. To mark the centennial, the team at Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, shares its list of Top 10 Titanic Anniversary Sights featuring a few key sites on the Titanic trail and some geographically more distant ones that are remembering the tragic voyage with exhibitions and events.

The centennial is being remembered on a global scale (including the timely re-release of James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster Titanic in a 3-D version). For those looking to pay tribute and experience a piece of history, below are five of Cheapflights.com's Top 10 Titanic Anniversary Sights that span the globe and feature commemorative events and exhibits in honor of this great ship and the many lives lost at sea that fateful night.

  • Belfast, Northern Ireland - First up is Belfast, where RMS Titanic was built by Harland and Wolff. The Northern Ireland city is the birthplace of the Titanic and Belfast is staking its claim to the legend with a £97 million center. The Titanic Belfast visitor attraction opened on March 31 and a car rally (April 6), light show (April 7 and 9-11) and MTV concert (April 13) at the Titanic Slipway will follow. On April 14, Titanic: A Commemoration in Music and Film will be staged at the Waterfront Hall and broadcast on BBC2 and a new play will be staged from April 22 to May 19. Search and compare cheap flights to Belfast.

  • Southampton, England - The Titanic sailed from Southampton Dock on April 10. Staffed by many local men, more than 500 households lost at least one family member. Interactive exhibits at the new £15 million SeaCity Museum will allow visitors to captain the ship as Edward John Smith did, see how they'd cope fueling the boilers with coal, and find out if they could spot an iceberg using 100-year-old equipment. Search and compare cheap flights to Southampton.

  • Halifax, Nova Scotia - The wireless station at Cape Race played a big part in relaying news of Titanic's sinking and Halifax is the final resting place of many of the victims. There's a permanent exhibition at the Maritime Museum (Titanic: The Unsinkable Ship and Halifax) and there's a new event that opens on April 12. Cable Ships: Connecting Halifax to Titanic and the World focuses on the city's connection to Titanic. A haunting installation is An Earnest Price: 150 Grave Stories (opens April 3), which draws together the victims buried in Halifax. On April 14-15, a Cape Race ceremony will recreate that historic wireless communication with ships floating over the Titanic site. Search and compare cheap flights to Halifax.

  • New York, New York - The Titanic never made it to its final destination but many victims are buried there. Trinity Church Cemetery in Lower Manhattan is the final resting place of John Jacob Astor IV. Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx has graves and memorials for 12 of the passengers who were on board including Isidor Straus, the owner of Macy's, and his wife Ida, who refused to leave his side. Little Douglas Spedden and his parents are buried at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Douglas survived the sinking and was later reunited with his beloved teddy bear, made by Steiff, the famous German teddy bear maker. Steiff then created a Titanic "mourning bear." Search and compare cheap flights to New York.

  • Australia - The South Australian Maritime Museum opened RMS Titanic: Voyage of the Century on March 24. The exhibition includes survivors' mementos and keepsakes from crew members and tells the story of South Australians onboard. Period clothing that would have been worn by passengers -- from steerage to First Class -- gives visitors a glimpse into the world of 1912. Find out if the three South Australians onboard Titanic survived. Search and compare cheap flights to Australia.

Rounding out the list of Top 10 Titanic Anniversary Sights are Liverpool, England; Cherbourg, France; Cork, Ireland; Branson, Missouri, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; and Orlando, Florida. To read about the commemorative events taking place at these sights and the complete list of Cheapflights.com's Top 10 Titanic Anniversary Sights, visit http://news.cheapflights.com/top-10-titanic-anniversary-sights/.

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