I think it’s safe to say that the 1997 version of the movie Titanic is one of the most well-known films of all time. So when my brother and I went to the Titanic Museum in Belfast in June, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have some “movie moments” for this year’s blog theme!
As I’m sure you know, the 1997 film, Titanic, follows a boyish Leonardo DiCaprio as endearing ragamuffin Jack Dawson and Kate Winslet as beautiful socialite Rose DeWitt Bukater. They meet when Jack rescues Rose from certain death on the Titanic‘s first night at sea. There’s some Irish dancing, fine dining, famous people, a huge blue heart-shaped diamond, and (cover the little ones’ eyes) nudity! But most importantly its backdrop is the stunning, refined, larger-than-life R.M.S. Titanic, the largest and finest ship of its day!
The whole goal of this Year of Movie Moments is to visit places where movies have been filmed or inspired, and to inspire others to visit them, too! Belfast is an incredible city to visit for any reason, but particularly to visit some truly “Titanic” sites!
Titanic Museum Belfast
Wow! This museum is incredibly well done, and even a person with a casual interest in Titanic can easily spend hours there roaming around and looking at all the exhibits. You can take the Discovery Tour to learn all about the symbolism of the site, little-known facts, and history. Walk right into the slipways where the Titanic and Olympic sister ships were built. You can even explore a map of Titanic‘s fateful maiden voyage!
The museum also covers Belfast’s role in the Industrial Revolution and successes in ship building. You’ll see what working conditions were like, learn the stories of people who went on that maiden voyage, and even find out how Titanic was finally located decades after her sinking!
Stay tuned for a full post all about the Titanic Museum Belfast, coming soon!
This is the one and only White Star Line ship still in one piece! While she’s only 1/4 the size of Titanic, she does have many of the same finishings, and it’s the closest you’ll get to being on the Titanic herself!
The Titanic Hotel
Want to take your trip to the next level? You can actually stay at the Titanic Hotel Belfast, just steps from the museum and inside the former drawing offices of Harland and Wolff, the company that designed and built the Titanic and many other White Star Line ships!
Have Your Own Titanic Movie Moment
What’s more fun than having your own movie moment?!
Do the “King of the World” Pose
While you’re visiting the S.S. Nomadic, head out to the bow (the front of the ship), and spread your arms wide! Just like Leo in Titanic, proclaim yourself “the king of the world” as you look out on the Titanic Museum, rising up in front of the slipways.
Have Tea at the Titanic Hotel or the Titanic Museum
There’s no doubt about it, afternoon tea was most certainly served on the Titanic! And you can have a fine afternoon tea at either the Titanic Hotel or the Titanic Museum. My brother Joel and I enjoy a beautiful afternoon tea at the Titanic Hotel (stay tuned for a blog post coming soon!), complete with “Scent of a Rose” tea!
Tour the Titanic
Yes, you read that right: you can tour the Titanic! Ok, so it’s a virtual tour inside the Titanic Museum, but it’s as close as a person can get! The whole tour only takes about four minutes, and you’ll see all the highlights, including the iconic staircase that Rose walks down to meet Jack for dinner!
Get Your Own Heart of the Ocean
Dying for a big blue diamond to call your own? They sell them in the gift shop!
Visit the Titanic Movies Exhibit
What has kept Titanic in popular culture? The movies! There is a whole exhibit about the various movies about and featuring Titanic through the years. They even have movie artifacts, including one of Barbara Stanwyck’s dresses!
Have Your Own Movie Night
There have been many movies made about or featuring the Titanic, beginning as early as 1912! These are the most well-known of the films. If you haven’t seen them, I highly recommend that you do! Grab a bowl of popcorn and some friends, then settle in for a night of love, tragedy, and hearts that go on and on!
The definitive Titanic movie:
The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
This one is all about Titanic survivor Molly Brown, who not only used her will power and gumption to become the wealthiest woman in Denver but also helped rescue others from certain disaster.
A Night to Remember (1958)
A British-made film famous for being incredible realistic for the time period.
The Barbara Stanwyck classic:
Get the Book!
You know I love a good movie, but my first choice of in-flight entertainment will always be books!
A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
The book that inspired the 1958 movie:
The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
For those of us who love historical fiction:
Dear America: Voyage on the Great Titanic by Ellen Emerson White
This is a children’s book, but I loved this series when I was a kid! If you have a child who’s interested in history or who needs a reason to be interested in history, I highly recommend this book (and the whole Dear America series).
Titanic Voices: 63 Survivors Tell Their Extraordinary Stories compiled by Hannah Holman
For those of us who like true stories and raw details:
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