Coming soon: the Titanic II

Feb 28, 2013 No Comments by

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Australian billionaire Clive Palmer has announced the construction of the Titanic II beginning in 2013.  The ship, an exact replica of the ill fated RMS Titanic, the most famous and worst maritime disaster in history, is scheduled to set sail in late 2016 sailing from Southampton, England to New York City that same year.

The ship’s blueprints were unveiled on February 26 at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. Titanic II will be almost the same as the original ocean liner. At 882 feet, seven inches (an inch longer than the original). It will have all original nine decks, and the exact passenger capacity at 2,400. However, the new ship will weigh significantly more (65,000 tons) compared with Titanic’s 46,000 tonnage, and will have a new diesel-electric transmission (instead of coal) and three azimuth thrusters (making a rudder unnecessary). The ship is planned to be built at CSC Jinling Shipyard in Jiangsu, China.

Titanic II will offer original Turkish baths, a smoking room, grand staircase, and a gymnasium. Even the segregation of classes from first to third will be replicated. Though modern features include an up-to-date hospital, a helicopter landing pad, air conditioning, and high-speed Internet.

Unsinkable? Not quite, “Anything will sink if you put a hole in it” said Palmer in an interview in The Guardian. However, he said that it will be the safest cruise ship in the world and most importantly, the ship will contain more than enough lifeboats and emergency equipment for all 2,400 passengers. Palmer then jokingly stated that due to global warming, the amount of icebergs as decreased, “There are not so many icebergs in the North Atlantic these days.”

He has not revealed the cost of the project, however the ship has received up to 40,000 applications from potential passengers to journey on Titanic II’s the maiden voyage. Palmer says he has received offers of up to $1 million for the trip. For a 1912 first class ticket on Titanic, passage would cost about $83,200 today (adjusted for inflation).

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