The price of a first-class cabin on the Titanic was $4,350, which would be $97,000 in today’s dollars. That’s vastly more expensive than the $3,795 that it would cost to book a luxury suite on one of the few remaining transatlantic liner voyages today. But remember that traveling on the Titanic’s maiden voyage was much more prestigious. And that sense, it was a bargain compared to the $200,000 price of a similarly novel form of travel — a seat on Virgin Galactic’s first suborbital space flight—will cost, when it takes off sometime in the next few years. But $100,000 would buy some of these things:
- – A kidney for transplantation in China
- – A meeting with U.S. House speaker John Boehner
- – A private concert by also-ran “American Idol” contestant Pia Toscano
- – A BMW M6 convertible
- – Diamond and sapphire line necklace in platinum from Tiffany’s
Be sure to tune into Rebuilding the Titanic this Monday, June 20th at 9P et/pt.