Titanic II, which is an exact replica of the ill-fated RMS Titanic which sank on its maiden voyage in 1912, is going to set sail over a century later, in the year 2022.
Originally scheduled to sail out this year, Titanic II is the brainchild of wealthy Australian businessman and politician Clive Palmer and his company Blue Star Line. The $500 million project was initially announced in 2012 by Blue Star Line, not to be confused with the original ship’s shipping company, White Star Line.
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There will be modern aspects too, including a helipad and 21st Century safety features – and enough lifeboats for everyone on board. It will also be diesel-powered rather than coal-fired, but will still have those four iconic smoke stacks.
Titanic II will be similar in length, height and weight, but will be 13ft wider than the Titanic. Like the original vessel, passengers will be able be able to travel in first, second and third class. It will have nine floors and 840 cabins, to accommodate 2,400 passengers and 900 crew.
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More than 1,500 people died when the Titanic hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean in April 1912. She set sail from Southampton, and was meant to dock in New York.
The original launch of Titanic II was delayed due to financial restraints. The ship is now on track to set sail exactly 110 years after the original RMS Titanic did.
Titanic II’s maiden voyage will be from Eastern China to Dubai. The voyage will take two weeks and the ship will ultimately make regular trips between Southhampton and New York during the summer and world cruises during the rest of the year.
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Would you be brave enough to board?