The unsinkable beauty stunned the world by sinking on its maiden voyage. 100 years later and the world is still entranced by the story of the ship and its passengers. One James Cameron blockbuster movie later, countless memorials and novels… will the Titanic ever sail again? Turns out, yes!
Introducing Titanic II
Australian Billionaire Clive Palmer released recently that he plans to rebuilt the legendary ship, to be christened Titanic II. The new ship will be built in a Chinese shipyard and future passengers can expect to sail on a high-tech version of its ill-fated predecessor, with the appropriate number of lifeboats this time around.
Its maiden voyage will take place in 2016, from London to New York. Is Mr. Palmer playing with fire here or what? In a press release he said,
“It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic, but will have state-of-the-art 21st-century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems. It will be a tribute to the spirit of the men and women who worked on the original Titanic.”
At the time of its first voyage, the Titanic was the world’s largest and definitely most luxurious ocean liner. Clive Palmer has every intention to make Titanic II every bit as luxurious and stunning thanks to the help of a historical research team to make sure no detail is overlooked. There will even be four “decorative” smoke stacks added to the deck like the original, even though this diesel-powered ship will have no practical use for them.
A ship of dreams
Titanic II will carry 1,680 passengers, much less than the industry standard for large ocean liners which usually cary 2,000+ passengers per sailing.
Why take flights to New York when you can sail across the ocean onboard Titanic II?