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Will Rod Stewart sail on a Titanic cruise?

This item was written by Fran Golden, a cruise expert and Trip Coach for Budget Travel magazine. Golden is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away.

Rod Stewart is apparently so much into Titanic history that the pop legend is considering booking a cabin on a controversial cruise commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ship’s demise.

The 12-day memorial cruise on the 1,230-passenger Balmoral embarks from Southampton, England, on April 8, following the exact route of the Titanic to New York. It’s scheduled to be at the site of the wreck of the ill-fated ship for a memorial service early on April 15, exactly 100 years after the tragedy.

“I would very much like to be on the ship doing the Titanic run,” Stewart tells the Las Vegas Sun.

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“Amazing that next April it is 100 years, but I can’t get my wife to go because she suffers from seasickness on the Atlantic – she prefers a nice Caribbean cruise,” says the 66-year-old performer. “So, I might just go on my own.”

Stewart, whose albums include Atlantic Crossing – with the hit single Sailing – may have to pull strings to get on the Balmoral. Miles Morgan Travel, the agency that chartered the Fred Olsen Lines ship for the Titanic Memorial Cruise, has the sailing listed as “waitlist.”

A second, eight-day anniversary cruise, chartered by the same agency, embarks from New York on the 684-passenger Azamara Journey on April 10, heading eastward to the Titanic site. Stewart tells the newspaper he might alternatively consider that sailing.

Asked if he thought the Balmoral was tempting fate by following the Titanic route, Stewart tells the newspaper “No, things have moved on since 1912. None of the icebergs come down that far south any more, and if they did, they’d blow them up.”

Organizers have taken some heat about the cruises, with some criticizing the commercialization of a tragic event. But officials have promised the planned tributes would be respectful.

Among the roster of lecturers on the Southampton cruise is Cunard’s Commodore Ronald Warwick, longtime captain of the QE2. On the New York cruise Captain William “Bill” Wright, Royal Caribbean International’s senior vice president of Marine Operations, will give his perspective as master of today’s world’s largest ships, the 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.

A mini, five-day Titanic anniversary cruise on the Azamara Journey also embarks on April 3.

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