A commemorative Titanic cruise was delayed due to a medical emergency.
April 11, 2012– The memorial cruise retracing the Titanic’s voyage of 100 years ago was sidetracked on Tuesday due to a medical emergency. The MS Balmoral had to return on Tuesday due to one of its passengers falling ill.
The return trip was only 20 miles. The ship did not return to port but instead just close enough to the coastline for a helicopter to arrive and take the ill passenger. Ship officials said the medical condition of the passenger was not life-threatening.
The ship originally departed from Southampton, England Sunday. It is currently on a trip to New York after stopping for a brief port call on the south coast of Ireland at Cobh.
On board are 1,309 passengers and the cruise is scheduled for 12 nights. Among the passengers are relatives of passengers who lost their lives on the original Titanic cruise, relatives of those who survived and a number of historians.
On the cruise itinerary is a memorial service near the spot the Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg April 15, 1912. Over 1,500 people lost their lives in the tragic accident. Bad weather has plagued the cruise thus far and has forced the cancellation of a number of floor shows out of fear for the safety of the performers.