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I know some companies in Hawaii and grand cayman give you 45 min submarine tours for $400

Is there a way to get a more authentic experience, like being on a sub for an entire weekend?
Or do you need to have a brother that is an ex-navy seal?

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    Wow, cool question, can't believe this thought hasn't occurred to me before!
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Aug 23, 2011 at 16:26
  • incredible-adventures.com/deep_flight1.html doesn't list a price but looks like you get to drive it. I keep an eye on this site for when I can afford a flight in a Mig 29
    – Stuart
    Commented Aug 24, 2011 at 12:35
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    Does this have to be Hawaii, or would you be willing to expand your search worldwide?
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Aug 24, 2011 at 16:34
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    atlantisadventures.com/hawaii/maui/… is $89 for Adults for 105 minutes, which at least is a slightly more reasonable price...
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Aug 24, 2011 at 16:35
  • See also this question. Commented Oct 25, 2011 at 18:49

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The Navy does have programs that will allow journalists, community leaders, and other individuals to spend a great deal more time on a submarine than just a few minutes. However, these are not exactly common, and not for a week. For instance, in this story, educators from Chicago were able to spend a day on a fast attack sub.

On the second day, the group embarked USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) for a day-long underway period. During their brief journey, the group experienced what life is really like on a U.S. Navy fast attack submarine and sampled the culinary fare Sailors eat while at sea.

The USAF also offers flights in different aircraft to civilians under the same goodwill program.

I am not personally aware of any programs in foreign services, however it is very likely that many of the more modern all volunteer forces have similar programs to foster goodwill and a favorable public image.

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    Thanks. But as a common man, I guess we do not have access to these Nabvy programs..right?
    – Kaushik
    Commented Aug 26, 2011 at 20:51
  • Well, the teachers weren't exactly some sort of executive big wig. Depends on what groups and associations you are part of. A friend of mine got to go on an Aircraft Carrier for a couple days because she was part of a USO support group at DFW. Commented Aug 26, 2011 at 20:55
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What sort of submarine are you looking for? travelscience.com lists 2 tour companies that offer deep-sea submarine expeditions to the titanic, bismark or black smokers. The advenbtures.ca tour is 12 days long and will set you back ~$60.000, but im not sure how much fun it would be in such a small can:

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AFAIK it takes ~2h to dive to the titanic, and 2h to get back up.

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