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Last Dinner on the Titanic: Imperial Hotel York

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Okay, so that fateful evening aboard the RMS Titanic 99 years ago may not be something too many of us wish we could have experienced.

Unless of course it meant spending our last night on Earth with Leo, in which case, book my ticket back to 1912, pronto.

It would however be interesting to eat what the guests ate on the night of Titanic's sinking. Imagine re-living the experience, from the food, to the music played on the night.

And guess what? Even without building your own time machine out of egg carton's and dishwasher part's, you CAN re-live the RMS Titanic's last night on Earth.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

When supplied with your boarding pass for the evening, you'll notice the ticket has someone else's name on it. No, you aren't going crazy. What makes this night even more realistic is that you are allocated the name of a real passenger from the Titanic. And at the end of the evening, you'll find out if you survived, or died.

You could very well be Leila Saks.

Leila Saks was born into a wealthy family. She married Edgar Joseph Meyer in her mid-twenties. He was a gentleman and a scholar, who graduated from Cornell University with a degree in mechanical engineering.

By twenty-eight, he was vice president of Braden Copper Company of NYC. The couple had a one-year old child when Leila received a message from America that her father had passed away.

Eager to attend the funeral, the couple booked a last-minute ticket on the RMS Titanic out of Cherbourg, France. During what must have been a tense time in Leila's life.

When the ship began to sink, Edgar helped women and children onto the lifeboats. He begged Leila to get into the first available lifeboat, but she couldn't bear to leave her husband. Edgar continued to load the other passengers while his wife stood by him. He reminded his wife of their baby waiting at home, and Leila finally agreed to leave the flooding Titanic. Edgar could have gone with her, but he refused to take the place of the other passengers.

Leila was rescued by Carpathia, and she never spoke publicly about her brave twenty-eight year old husband who went down with Titanic.

This event is a mix of dining, and dinner theatre, with a real representation of the sinking of the Titanic.

True ship sounds, like loud bangs and ship horns will echo throughout, and at approximately 10:30pm, all 'passengers' will be asked to abandon ship. You will then make your way to the lifeboats found on the Promenade Deck, and dance on the deck after dinner.

Boarding will begin at 6:30pm, where you will have photographs taken on the gangplank on arrival.

Guests can book one of 3 different tickets.

1. Captains Table:

This table can only be booked by one patron booking all 10 tickets to be seated at this particular table, and can only be booked through the Groups Department (Monday - Friday 9am til 5pm on 9321 6831).

It's all a little special on the Captain's Table. You'll all be escorted by your own Chief Steward for the evening to the Captain's Room, where you'll be served Champagne Cocktails until 7pm.

At that time, you will then enjoy an 8 course meal. Each of the courses you will be eating are the courses that were served on the Titanic on the evening of its demise.

All guests on the Captain's Table will be expected to dress in Period Formal Dress, and Period Music of the time will be played live.

2. First Class:

These tickets allow for 7 tables of 6 patrons, or 4 tables of 2 patrons. Seats can be purchased individually and tables shared, and Champagne Cocktails are served on arrival.

At 7pm, passengers will be served a 5 course dinner in the dining saloon on magnificently laid tables, and the same menu enjoyed by the real passengers of the Titanic.

Drinks are however excluded from this package, but alcohol is available for purchase at the bar (Boutique Beers, Red/White and Sparkling Wines).

Dress is formal for First Class ticket holders.

3. Steerage:

Lastly, you can choose to be seated at a table of 10 patrons, and once again tickets can be purchased individually or shared.
Wine and beer is available to these passengers on arrival, and alcohol can then be purchased at the bar.

Dress for Steerage ticket holders is Smart Dress.

Tickets start at $90 each, and are available from Bocs Ticketing here.

Dates for this event run from September 24, 2011 until March 24, 2012.

Some Captain's Tables have already sold out, so my suggestion is get in quick to secure your place, because they're sinking fast.

The evening takes place at the beautiful, historical Imperial Hotel in York, only one hour drive from Perth.

Image courtesy of Imperial Hotel Website

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Why? To re-live an event in history, and go home alive
When: September 24, 2011 - March 24, 2012
Where: Imperial Hotel York
Cost: Tickets start at $90
Great article Becky! I havent heard of this yet, but now - thanks to you- we'll be sure to check it out! How fun! :)
By AJ - reader
Thursday, 21st of July @ 01:18 am
I know! Sounds like a weekend in York is on the cards! - Bek
By Old Account - senior reviewer
Thursday, 21st of July @ 01:41 am
While I live in Denver, the funny thing is, when the Titanic exhibit came to our museum, they did a similar concept by issuing a faux 'boarding pass' with real names from the passenger list of Titanic and I was issued the card of Leila Saks...she even shares my son's birthdate...eerie...
Good luck with the event, great idea with the anniversary coming up and all...and the supposed end of the the year ending in twelve cursed??? jk
By Anonymous
Monday, 5th of September @ 03:02 pm
My husband and I will be there with bells on!!! how exciting!!!
By peter - reader
Tuesday, 27th of September @ 03:38 am
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