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Passengers standing on upper decks below the ship's funnel view a service of remembrance aboard the Titanic Memorial Cruise, over the site of the Titanic disaster in the western Atlantic Ocean April 15, 2012. The ill-fated Titanic liner hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. Image Credit: Reuters

The MS Balmoral, the Titanic Memorial Cruise, is retracing the route of the ill-fated Titanic, which hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank on its maiden voyage exactly 100 years ago.

It was April 15, 1912, when the worst peacetime maritime disaster took place, killing more than 1,500 passengers and crew on the  unsinkable ship.

The 12-night cruise, carrying relatives of survivors and passengers who died in the disaster, held a memorial service Saturday night, corresponding with the time the Titanic hit the iceberg. Another service was be held in the early hours of April 15, which will correspond with the time when the ill-fated ship sank.

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A florist holds one of three wreaths to be cast overboard during a ceremony early Sunday. Image Credit: Reuters

When we get to the wreck site there will be some sadness, but I think also some sense of release,  Press Association quoted a passenger, Patricia Watts, as saying.

Watts, 81, is travelling with her husband in remembrance of her grandfather, who was a second-class steward on the Titanic.

I shall feel a sense of accomplishment that I have achieved what I set out to do. I think the service will be a very memorable occasion, slightly sad, but also for a lot of people it will be the event of the cruise, she said.

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Three wreaths are seen before a memorial service on board the MS Balmoral in the western Atlantic Ocean April 14, 2012. The ship's captain has said that due to the protected zone around the wreck site, only the three official biodegradable wreaths may be cast into the sea during a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster which happened on April 15, 1912. The ship's captain has said that due to the protected zone around the wreck site, only the three official biodegradable wreaths may be cast into the sea. Image Credit: Reuters