Disney World is a magical place, but it’s got nothing on a new hotel opened this year in Liverpool, England. It’s not just that this property is themed after something intriguing — it is the actual site of the home offices of the legendary RMS Titanic. To visit 30 James Street — “Home of the Titanic” is to step back in history and to come as close to experiencing one of the greatest stories every told as you possibly can.

Not to make light of the seriousness of the tragedy, but to illustrate the depth of the mystery surrounding the Titanic … have you heard these alternate theories about the wreck?

Did the Titanic really sink … or was the event actually an insurance scam?

In his 2009 book, Titanic the Ship That Never Sank?, author Robin Gardiner put forth a rather disruptive and unthinkable scenario: It wasn’t the Titanic that went down just a couple of hours past midnight on April 15, 1912. Rather, it was a sister ship, the Olympic. The White Star Line used the event as a chance to collect big from insurance payouts, and the British government helped cover it up.

Or, maybe the mummy did it!

It seems a certain priestess of Amen-Ra (the Egyptian king of gods) sought eternal rest, but couldn’t quite get it. In 1890 an artifact collector unearthed her sarcophagus.

He pried open the lid and was all but blinded by the power radiating from inside. The unfortunate man ran away with the wooden lid in hand … but a curse followed.

Subsequent owners of the elaborately decorated treasure were doused in bad luck — thus it was sold and re-sold numerous times before landing in the British Museum.

There, to follow suit, curators were inundated with trouble. Finally, the museum made a copy and fenced the original to a man who would take it to a buyer in the United States.

Fearing the much-dreaded item wouldn’t be allowed passage on the Titanic’s maiden voyage, he concealed it beneath his automobile (which was loaded aboard to travel with him).

The night of the sinking, he revealed his dastardly deed to patrons in the bar — who sat laughing about it until disaster struck.

Only one of the men made it to shore. He told a reporter, then died shortly after, having been struck by a streetcar named “The Egyptian.”

The real story of the Titanic begins … and ends … at 30 James Street

From its inception to its grand opening, in April of 2014, 30 James Street has been a labor of love for owners, Katie and Lawrence Kenwright.

30 James Street

Every room in the vast property is related to and themed after the Titanic. The interior was stripped back to reveal the original structure — and it was those strong beams (set by the same crew that constructed the ocean liner) that kept 30 James Street standing when buildings on every side were demolished during enemy air raids during World War II.

The legend lives on in Liverpool.

It can be difficult to book a room here (you can certainly try via the online booking system), but mark this spot on your travel itenerary the next time you are near the hometown of the Beatles.

The legend lives on at 30 James Street.

Writing from Bend, Oregon, USA … writer Abel Cane loves travel and history. Put the two together, and there’s no better place to visit than Europe. Get in touch with Abel via his landlocked agent @Don_Sturgill.