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Replica 'Titanic II' due to set sail in 2018


Posted on Thursday, 11 February, 2016 | Comment icon 27 comments

Would you book passage on the Titanic II ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Karl Beutel
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer has built a full-size replica of the famous 'unsinkable' ship.
Constructed by Palmer's company Blue Star Line, the Titanic II has been designed to replicate the original vessel, including all of its interior rooms, in almost every single way.

Originally planned back in 2012, the ship's development has been progressing well and the company has now revealed that the Titanic II will be officially setting sail in 2018.

Passengers will be offered exactly the same first, second and third class booking options as those who boarded the ill-fated original and every room and cabin has been recreated in incredible detail.

The company has even forsaken modern facilities found aboard conventional cruise ships in favor of authenticity by ensuring that everything looks and operates exactly as it did on the original.

According to James McDonald, Blue Star Line's global marketing director, the only exception to this rule will be the inclusion of more lifeboats and other modern safety measures.

"The new Titanic will of course have modern evacuation procedures, satellite controls, digital navigation and radar systems and all those things you'd expect on a 21st century ship," he said.

Despite the notorious reputation of the original Titanic's maiden voyage, the Titanic II has been generating a lot of interest with some passengers willing to pay up to $1 million for a ticket.

Let us hope that things go better for them than they did for those aboard its predecessor.

Source: New York Post | Comments (27)

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Comment icon #18 Posted by Gecks on 11 February, 2016, 19:28
Not to knock Clive Palmer as hes definetely done well for himself here in Qld... but Im so unsure on this as a business model. Will be great to see but I fear it will be something people want to see rather than sail on. And they are planning on rather high priced first class tickets. I think it needs to be remembered its not 1912 and people go on ships for cruises now not to get from a to b and they will very easily price themselves out of their market. I would love to see this work but I think it could very easily go the way of the great eastern.
Comment icon #19 Posted by pallidin on 11 February, 2016, 21:07
Put-in a fake iceberg, call an fake emergency, have all ticket patrons scramble, claw and fight their way to the lifeboats... now we're talking.
Comment icon #20 Posted by MySummerJob on 11 February, 2016, 22:30
I'd like to check it out, but as Gecks said they have to be careful with pricing because a high price is a major turn off even for a chance to ride on a neat boat like this.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Doctor_Strangelove on 11 February, 2016, 22:51
I have to laugh at everyone who is saying it's a bad omen to be on a ship named after one that sunk. The first ship I served on when I first enlisted in the navy was the HMCS Athabaskan, and it was the third ship named Athabaskan. The first was sunk in WWII from friendly fire, and the second one had a mutiny during the Korean war. Omens don't mean much. Titanic II seems pretty tasteless in all honesty, but who am I to judge? It's been over one hundred years since the tragedy.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Codenwarra on 11 February, 2016, 22:54
The most surprising thing about this is that it is actually being built.
Comment icon #23 Posted by psyche101 on 11 February, 2016, 23:13
Smart move. it will be packed. That is what Palmer is, a salesman. He tried politics and was a miserable failure, which was to be expected when he had Zali Burrows in his party, a nasty piece of work, and what many see as the ISIS lawyer of Australia.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Otto von Pickelhaube on 12 February, 2016, 8:04
Hardly, he'd obviously be looking at the top end of the market that routinely pays in the thousands of dollars for a top-of-the-range suite. He's hardly going to be trying to attract thousands of steerage class passengers.
Comment icon #25 Posted by toast on 12 February, 2016, 10:39
Todays cruise liners are designed to have as much cabins with windows and balconies as possible and the decks are designed in an atrium style to increase the number of daylight cabins. This open design is a key factor to make cruise lining interesting for passenges, so clients. The original Titanic, and the replica as well, does not have that design so the number of daylight cabins is limited. There were 3 passenger classes on the original Titanic: 1. class for 750 passengers, 2. class 550 and 3. class 1.100. Means, roughly 50% of the passengers will have no cabins with balconies and/or window... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by gatekeeper32 on 15 February, 2016, 4:16
Guessing its a expensive way to determine if there is a curse to the name Titanic


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