Would you sail aboard a resurrection Titanic? A look into the luxury liner’s identical but upgraded version
The most iconic ship of the 20th century, the Titanic, may have sunk on its maiden cruise but that does not mean you will never get to experience traveling on-board. Yes, you read it right: The Titanic II, a replica of the original Titanic, is currently in the works and set for its own maiden voyage in 2018.
Several ideas for a replica Titanic have proved unsuccessful over the years, but in 2012 on the ship’s 100th anniversary, an Australian mining billionaire, Clive Palmer, vowed to rebuild the luxury liner in partnership with Blue Star Line. The initial launch was set for this year, but the project has been pushed to 2018.
The Titanic II will look identical to the original 1912 model, but will see modern improvements, in compliance to maritime safety regulations. Another difference is that the ship will be four yards wider, with a welded and not riveted hull, and the addition of more lifeboats.
Just like its predecessor, the Titanic II offers first, second and third class tickets to nine floors of its 840 cabins, and a capacity to accommodate 2,400 passengers and 900 crewmembers. There will also be replicas of the Titanic’s Turkish baths, swimming pool and gymnasium, along with the original restaurants and dining rooms.
In assurance to keen passengers and the public, the Global Marketing Director of Blue Star Line, James McDonald promises “modern evacuation procedures, satellite controls, digital navigation and radar systems…(as expected) on a 21st century ship.”
The voyage will begin from Jiangsu, Eastern China and end at Dubai, United Arab Emirates.