Could luxury submarine travel thrive as an alternative to space tourism?

This description draws comparisons to space tourism, which in the case of Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic is designed to induce the overview effect in passengers. It’s such a profound effect, says Jeff Bezos, CEO of Blue Origin and Amazon, that he convinced him to pledge $10 billion to slow climate change.

Luxury experiences 3,300 feet under the sea

Florida-based Triton Submarines was founded in 2007 and has formed an illustrious history with its luxury submersibles, which have appeared in series like David Attenborough’s ‘Blue Planet’. The company has a string of notable dives to its credit, including the world’s first private submersible dive in Antarctica and the first to produce 4K footage of the Titanic.

“The most important factors in the design process of a Triton are: safety, ease of maintenance, ease of use and reliability,” says Lahey. “Every Triton product is based on these important design principles. Then, he says, we focus on the desired dive depth, crew capacity and submersible mission requirements. Together, these variables determine the end result configuration of the trade that we create for a client.”

Triton’s line of submersibles includes a 6-seater capable of diving to depths of 3,300 feet. Source: Triton Submarines

Last year, Triton unveiled the “the world’s largest capacity acrylic-hulled personal submersible, “capable of carrying six people to a depth of 3,300 feet. This vessel, the 3300/6, uses four thrusters peaking at 12.5 kW each, allowing a speed of 3 knots (3.45 mph/ 5.5 km/h). The company also offers its 12 to 66 passenger DeepView series, which can depart from cruise ships and ports, providing service to tourists. Earlier this year, Triton also announced a partnership with Scenic to build its Triton 660/9 AVA, which will offer panoramic views for up to eight passengers.

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