Leaving New York
Jolly Ol’ London
On to Southampton
Monday was the transfer to Southampton. As we were waiting for the bus in the lobby of the hotel in London, it was the first time we met fellow passengers going on the cruise. Everyone was introducing themselves and sharing their excitement of the upcoming cruise. There was somewhat of a hum across the lobby as many conversations were being exchanged about their love of the Titanic and what they were looking forward to finding on their journey. The word was out that I was from The Molly Brown House Museum and conversations began. Everyone had very interesting perceptions of who she was but everyone had heard of her. We finally boarded the bus and our journey began. The bus had a constant buzz of conversation. Everyone continued sharing how much they knew about the Titanic, what went wrong, and who was on the Titanic. I met a lady who is a John and Madeline Astor buff who was very pleased to meet me and wanted to know more about Margaret’s relationship with the Astor’s. After a 2 hour bus ride we arrived in Southampton to begin our first official Titanic Tour.
I will blog more about Southampton when the initial memorial cruise begins on April 8th, but I leave you with one thought: Southampton today is a major port for tourists to depart on cruises to fulfill their dream vacations, but 100 years ago Southampton was a port for emigrants to embark on their life dreams….little did they know their dreams would end so quickly and leave a footprint of loss in history.