The Titanic memorial cruise ship, MS Balmoral, has reached New York after finishing its journey to the Titanic wreck site to mark the 100th anniversary of the doomed ship.

The British cruise ship began its voyage on 8 April with 1,309 passengers aboard from Southampton to retrace the route of the ill-fated liner which sank in the Atlantic Ocean after it hit an iceberg killing more than 1,500 people in one of the deadliest shipping disasters.

The passengers on the memorial ship included relatives of those who lost their lives on the great vessel, relatives of survivors, authors, historians and people who are just fascinated by the Titanic story.

According to the BBC, the passengers donned in period costumes held ceremonies to mark the tragedy after a minute's silence aboard the MS Balmoral. As the ship's whistle sounded, the wreaths were spread into the water from three separate parts of the stern.

Passengers from another cruise ship, Azamara Journey, which sailed from New York, also arrived at the spot and took part in the ceremony.

A commemorative stamp collection was on display on the Memorial Cruise, which belonged to stamp enthusiast Kenneth Mascarenhas. The stamps narrate the story of the ship from its maiden voyage to the day of the tragedy. The collection included stamps from St Vincent and the Grenadines, signed by the last Titanic survivor, Millvina Dean, before her death in 2009.

Several other events across the globe also marked the ship's anniversary. A Titanic memorial garden was unveiled in Belfast where the titanic was launched. The garden has a monument with the names of the 1,512 victims etched on five bronze plaques.

Titanic exhibitions have been hosted in places including Las Vegas, San Diego, Houston and Singapore. Earlier, some of Titanic's artefacts were sold by auction. A first-class menu from the Titanic's last lunch that was served to the ill-fated passengers fetched £76,000 from bidders at an auction.

Recently, researchers mapped the entire debris field of the Titanic using underwater robots to find new clues to learn what happened to the ship 100 years ago. A team of researchers has mapped the entire three-by-five-mile Titanic debris field using sonar imaging. It was first time that the entire debris site was completely mapped.

Passengers and crew aboard the Titanic Memorial Cruise stand on the aft decks of the MS Balmoral to view the skyline while arriving in New York City on 19, 2012Reuters
Passengers aboard the Titanic Memorial Cruise ship MS Balmoral view the skyline of Manhattan while arriving in New York CityReuters
Passengers aboard the Titanic Memorial Cruise ship MS Balmoral look on as they approach the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at dawn while arriving in New York CityReuters
The Staten Island ferry passes the Statue of Liberty, as seen at dawn from the Titanic Memorial Cruise ship MS Balmoral as it arrives in New York CityReuters
Passengers wearing period dress assemble for a final group photograph on board the Titanic Memorial Cruise in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape CodReuters