Give the gift of coal for Christmas

Posted by on Dec 16th, 2009 and filed under Attractions. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

titanic_blog2Give the gift of coal? Are you serious?

At Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit inside the Luxor, getting coal is a good thing. For all your history buff buddies, you can surprise them with a memento of the RMS Titanic, available in the attraction’s gift shop.

Give the gift (or take home) a commemorative keepsake that was once part of the 5,892 tons of coal loaded onboard the Titanic when it left England almost 100 years ago. Here’s a little fun fact: 159 furnaces burned almost 700 tons of coal each day to drive the ship’s three massive propellers.

Raised from the depths of the North Atlantic, the coal is the only artifact from the ship that can be sold to the public. If you really want to go all out, there’s a 55-pound piece selling for half a million dollars. But if you’re like most of us on a budget, there are coal pieces available for $20 and $45. Each piece of commemorative piece of coal comes with a certificate of authenticity.

And if you’re visiting the attraction Dec. 18 – 20, you’ll get a chance to enjoy complimentary tea and classical music. In addition, Lee Meredith, Titanic historian and author, will give tours each day from 5:30 – 7 p.m., free with paid admission. In the spirit of Christmas, guests who decide to buy a piece of coal and mention “holiday coal” during these dates will receive a discount.

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