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A cruise carrying relatives of some of the more than 1,500 people who died aboard the Titanic nearly 100 years ago set sail from England on Apr. 8 to retrace the ship's voyage, including a visit to the location where it sank.

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Rick Noble of Austin, Texas poses with photographs of his grandmother and her first cousin (R), who lost his life on the Titanic, on board the Titanic Memorial Cruise in the mid-Atlantic Ocean April 11, 2012. Dan Marvin, Noble's third cousin, was a passenger on the Titanic with his pregnant newlywed wife Mary (Farquarson). Family legend says that he returned from the lifeboat to fetch Mary a coat for the frigid night, and was unable to return. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (ANNIVERSARY TRAVEL)

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Ruth Stevely (L) poses with her first cousin Dan Marvin, who lost his life on the Titanic, in an undated family photo. Marvin, third cousin of Titanic Memorial Cruise passenger Rick Noble of Austin, Texas, was a passenger on the Titanic with his pregnant newlywed wife Mary (Farquarson). Family legend says that he returned from the lifeboat to fetch Mary a coat for the frigid night, and was unable to return. REUTERS/Courtesy of Rick Noble/Handout (ANNIVERSARY TRAVEL) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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Ruth Stevely (L) poses with her first cousin Dan Marvin, who lost his life on the Titanic, in an undated family photo. Marvin, third cousin of Titanic Memorial Cruise passenger Rick Noble of Austin, Texas, was a passenger on the Titanic with his pregnant newlywed wife Mary (Farquarson). Family legend says that he returned from the lifeboat to fetch Mary a coat for the frigid night, and was unable to return. REUTERS/Courtesy of Rick Noble/Handout (ANNIVERSARY TRAVEL) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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Anais Verbraeken of Zolder, Belgium, poses in a replica of the same size, of a dress worn by actress Kate Winslet in the film \"Titanic\", on board the Titanic Memorial Cruise in the mid-Atlantic Ocean April 11, 2012. The cruise is retracing the voyage of the ill-fated Titanic liner, which hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (ANNIVERSARY TRAVEL ENTERTAINMENT)

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In this photo taken Sunday, April 8, 2012, wearing period costumes, British passenger Jacki Free holds her daughter, name not given, as the MS Balmoral Titanic memorial cruise ship sails from Southampton, England. A cruise carrying relatives of some of the more than 1,500 people who died aboard the Titanic nearly 100 years ago set sail from England on Sunday to retrace the ship's voyage, including a visit to the location where it sank. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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In this photo taken Sunday, April 8, 2012, passengers gather on deck as the MS Balmoral Titanic memorial cruise ship sails from Southampton, England. A cruise carrying relatives of some of the more than 1,500 people who died aboard the Titanic nearly 100 years ago set sail from England on Sunday to retrace the ship's voyage, including a visit to the location where it sank (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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Bernadette and Brice Christie of Grande Prairie, Alberta stand with Canadian flags as the Titanic Memorial Cruise leaves port in Southampton, England April 8, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

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Passengers, some wearing costumes, wave goodbye, as the MS Balmoral Titanic memorial cruise ship sail from Southampton, England, on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012. Nearly 100 years after the Titanic went down, a cruise with the same number of passengers aboard is setting sail to retrace the ship's voyage, including a visit to the location where it sank. The Titanic Memorial Cruise departed Sunday from Southampton, where the Titanic left on its maiden voyage and the 12-night cruise will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the White Star liner. With 1,309 passengers aboard, the MS Balmoral will follow the same route as the Titanic and organizers are trying to recreate the onboard experience minus the disaster from the food to a band playing music from that era. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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Passengers wearing costumes pose for pictures as the MS Balmoral Titanic memorial cruise ship sail from Southampton, England, on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012. Nearly 100 years after the Titanic went down, a cruise with the same number of passengers aboard is setting sail to retrace the ship's voyage, including a visit to the location where it sank. The Titanic Memorial Cruise departed Sunday from Southampton, where the Titanic left on its maiden voyage and the 12-night cruise will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the White Star liner. With 1,309 passengers aboard, the MS Balmoral will follow the same route as the Titanic and organizers are trying to recreate the onboard experience minus the disaster from the food to a band playing music from that era. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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Merri Mack of Sydney, Australia climbs out of the top deck pool on the Titanic Memorial Cruise as it moves through high winds off Cobh, Ireland April 9, 2012. Force eight winds have delayed the arrival in Cobh by several hours, the captain of the Balmoral cruise ship said on Monday. The cruise is retracing the voyage of the ill-fated Titanic liner, which hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (IRELAND - Tags: ANNIVERSARY TRANSPORT MARITIME SOCIETY TRAVEL)

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Megan Zubok (R) and Evan Perelekos of Detroit, wearing period costumes, arrive on the Balmoral cruise ship for the Titanic Memorial Cruise in Southampton, England April 8, 2012. The cruise is to retrace the voyage of the ill-fated Titanic liner, which hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

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Sisters Terri Williamson, left and Tracie Brelsford from Washington state in the US pose for their photograph as they sit in a mock up of a first class dinning table from the Titanic in the check in area for the MS Balmoral's Titanic memorial cruise in Southampton, England, Sunday, April 8, 2012. Nearly 100 years after the Titanic went down, a cruise with the same number of passengers aboard is setting sail to retrace the ship's voyage, including a visit to the location where it sank. The Titanic Memorial Cruise is set to depart Sunday from Southampton, where the Titanic left on its maiden voyage. The 12-night cruise will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the White Star liner. With 1,309 passengers aboard, the MS Balmoral will follow the same route as the Titanic. Organizers are trying to recreate the onboard experience minus the disaster from the food to a band playing music from that era. Organizers said people from 28 countries have booked passage, including relatives of some of the more than 1,500 people who died when the Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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A passenger in evening dress hurries as he goes to check in for the MS Balmoral Titanic memorial cruise in Southampton, England, Sunday, April 8, 2012. Nearly 100 years after the Titanic went down, a cruise with the same number of passengers aboard is setting sail to retrace the ship's voyage, including a visit to the location where it sank. The Titanic Memorial Cruise is set to depart Sunday from Southampton, where the Titanic left on its maiden voyage. The 12-night cruise will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the White Star liner. With 1,309 passengers aboard, the MS Balmoral will follow the same route as the Titanic. Organizers are trying to recreate the onboard experience minus the disaster from the food to a band playing music from that era. Organizers said people from 28 countries have booked passage, including relatives of some of the more than 1,500 people who died when the Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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The cruise ship Balmoral is prepared prior to boarding of passengers going on the Titanic Memorial Cruise in Southampton, England April 8, 2012. The cruise is to retrace the voyage of the ill-fated Titanic liner, which hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (BRITAIN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY TRANSPORT SOCIETY)

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Maritime artist James Allan Flood (2nd L) of Del Ray Beach, Florida arrives wearing period costume to board the Titanic Memorial Cruise in Southampton, England April 8, 2012. The cruise is to retrace the voyage of the ill-fated Titanic liner, which hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (BRITAIN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY TRANSPORT SOCIETY)

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Stephen and Judy Keast of Melbourne, Australia arrive wearing period costume before boarding the Titanic Memorial Cruise in Southampton, England April 8, 2012. The cruise is to retrace the voyage of the ill-fated Titanic liner, which hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. Today is Stephen and Judy's 30th wedding anniversary, and Stephen's 50th birthday. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (BRITAIN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TRANSPORT)

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Megan Zubok (L) and Evan Perelekos of Detroit arrive wearing period costume to board the Titanic Memorial Cruise in Southampton, England April 8, 2012. The cruise is to retrace the voyage of the ill-fated Titanic liner, which hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (BRITAIN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY TRANSPORT)

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Eight month old Alisa Dounaeva of Godalming is held by her mother Lorna while seeing off her grandparents on the Titanic Memorial Cruise in Southampton, England April 8, 2012. The cruise is to retrace the voyage of the ill-fated Titanic liner, which hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (BRITAIN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY TRANSPORT)

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Newlyweds Mary Beth Crocker Dearing (L) and Tom Dearing of Newport, Kentucky, wearing period costume, wait to be interviewed before boarding the Titanic Memorial Cruise in Southampton, England April 8, 2012. The cruise is to retrace the voyage of the ill-fated Titanic liner, which hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (BRITAIN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY TRANSPORT SOCIETY)

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Newlyweds Mary Beth Crocker Dearing (L) and Tom Dearing of Newport, Kentucky pose while wearing period costume before boarding the Titanic Memorial Cruise in Southampton, England April 8, 2012. The cruise is to retrace the voyage of the ill-fated Titanic liner, which hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (BRITAIN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY TRANSPORT SOCIETY)

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Janet Kalstrom poses in character as famous Titanic survivor Margaret 'Molly' Brown in the library of the Molly Brown House Museum in Denver March 25, 2012. Kalstrom is a Titanic buff who volunteers at the restored Denver home of Margaret Brown, a survivor of the 1912 Titanic disaster. Brown's home is now a museum called the Molly Brown House Museum, where Kalstrom - in period costume - sometimes hosts events in character as Margaret Brown. Kalstrom will be a passenger on the Titanic Memorial Cruise commemorating the 100th anninversary of the sinking of the ship, which departs from Southampton in the United Kingdom, April 8. Picture taken March 25, 2012. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY DISASTER MARITIME)

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Jill Kirby holds a commemorative plaque at her home in Duarte, California which she plans to drop at the site where the Titanic sunk, March 29, 2012. Kirby, who is the great-niece of Alfred Albert White, a Titanic crew survivor, will be one of the passengers aboard the 100th Anniversary Memorial Cruise departing from New York on April 10. The cruise travels to the site in the north Atlantic where the Titanic sunk. A ceremony will be held there April 15, 100 years to the day of the disaster. Picture taken March 29, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY MARITIME DISASTER)

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Tim Wallis poses for a portrait as he holds a photograph of his great-grandmother Catherine Jane Wallis in Kitchener, March 29, 2012. Catherine Jane Wallis, who died in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, is posing with her daughter and son in the photograph. Wallis is paying homage to his great-grandmother by embarking on a cruise that will follow the route of the ship's doomed voyage. His trip will also honour his aunt Joan Allison who fought to have DNA testing for victims of the Titanic. Wallis and his family share many strange ties to the ship's anniversary. Wallis was born April 15 and Allison died April 15, 2006. Wallis also shares his hometown with \"Titanic\" film director James Cameron. The Titanic Memorial Cruise commemorating the 100th anninversary of the sinking of the ship - on which Wallis will travel - departs from Southampton in the United Kingdom, April 8. Picture taken March 29, 2012. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY MARITIME DISASTER)

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An identity certificate for Alfred Albert White, made available to Reuters by Jill Kirby, is seen in this photograph shot at Kirby's home in Duarte, California March 29, 2012. Kirby, who is the great-niece of Alfred Albert White, a Titanic crew survivor, will be one of the passengers aboard the 100th Anniversary Memorial Cruise departing from New York on April 10. The cruise travels to the site in the north Atlantic where the Titanic sunk. A ceremony will be held there April 15, 100 years to the day of the disaster. Picture taken March 29, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY MARITIME DISASTER)