They're Building a Titanic Replica and You Can Be a Passenger...If You Dare
For over 100 years, the RMS Titanic fascinated people worldwide. The very picture of luxury and grandiosity as well as the fate of the ship and its 1500+ passengers and crew members made sure that the tragic story is etched in history.
Today, there are plans for the Titanic to set sail again — at least a replica of it.
The RMS Titanic
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer has announced that a nearly identical replica of the Titanic — called the Titanic II — is set to sail in 2018, 106 years after its unfortunate predecessor.
The Titanic II
Although, unlike the original Titanic, the Titanic II, built by Palmer’s company Blue Star Line, will feature a welded hull (the original Titanic has a riveted hull) and will have more lifeboats. And, of course, the modern Titanic will also be outfitted with “modern evacuation procedures, satellite controls, digital navigation and radar systems and all those things you'd expect on a 21st-century ship". Additionally, the Titanic II will start its voyage from Jiangsu, China, to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates rather than from Southampton to New York.
Specifications of the two ships will be remarkably similar. Titanic II will be the same height at 174 feet, and is only slightly longer, with both having nine decks and able to reach speeds up to 24 knots. The original had 885 crew members, which is only 15 less than the replica.
The Grand Staircase
Although there are certain differences between the two ships, it is the striking similarities which captivated the minds of the public. One of the most recognizable features of the original ship is its Grand Staircase. Here you can see a side-by-side comparison of the original and a computer-generated rendering of the Titanic II’s Grand Staircase.
While most modern cruise ships boast numerous swimming pools, the Titanic II will stay true to the original, having only one small pool.
The Cafe Parisien
Just like the original, the Titanic II will have separate tickets for first, second and third-class passengers. The first-class passengers can take their meals in the replica Cafe Parisien, which will feature large picture windows to provide a view of the sea while dining. On the night the Titanic sank, the menu featured “oysters, salmon, roast duckling, sirloin of beef, pate de foie gras, peaches in Chartreuse jelly and chocolate and vanilla éclairs.”
Some of the wealthiest people in the world stayed in the Titanic’s Staterooms, including Molly Brown, John Jacob Astor and Dorothy Gibson. The first class Staterooms of the Titanic II will feature the same lavish decor as the original.
The Smoking Room
The first class smoking room on the original Titanic was a private space intended for male passengers only - it was meant to resemble gentlemen’s clubs in London. The Titanic II will also feature a smoking room with the same grandiose style.
Titanic and Titanic II
The launch of the Titanic II was suppose to be this year. Rumors about the project being cancelled had begun to spread. However, Clive Palmer has recently announced that the project has not been cancelled; merely delayed.
The Titanic II’s new launch date is set for 2018. Blue Star Line has been flooded with requests from potential passengers, some offering over $60,000 for the chance to be on its maiden voyage. Until then, however, all we can do is continue to admire both ships from afar — one from the future, the other from the past.