It’s been a stormy beginning for a cruise ship retracing the maiden voyage of the doomed Titanic.
The MS Balmoral, with 1,309 passengers aboard, was delayed on its first day at sea due to strong winds, the Guardian reports. The ship set sail Sunday from Southampton — as the Titanic did on its maiden voyage 100 years ago — on a 12-night cruise commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking.
After being slowed by strong winds, the Balmoral reached Cobh on Ireland’s southern coast late Monday, the BBC reports.
The ship originally had been due to arrive in Cobh at 2:30 p.m. local time, according to the Guardian, forcing a civic reception to welcome cruises to town to be postponed for several hours.
The town of Cobh, formerly known as Queenstown, was the Titanic’s last port of call before it crossed the Atlantic almost a century ago. The ship will follow the same route as the Titanic, though since it is a smaller ship, the Balmoral had to leave Southampton two days earlier than the Titanic.
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