Yes, you read that headline correctly. In 2018, an exact replica of the doomed luxury liner will sail the seas. Clive Palmer, an Australian billionaire, is responsible for this idea. The project was originally announced in April 2012, 100 years after the original ship’s plunge into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean. A Chinese state owned
company by the name of CSC Jingling Shipyard is in charge of building said replica.
The Titanic II will look identical to the original. Palmer stated, “It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic but of course it will have state-of-the-art 21st Century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems.” The Titanic II will be wider than the original and will have more lifeboats for passengers.
(The picture above is an computerized recreation of what the Titanic II is going to look like.)
The vessel will feature first, second, and third class tickets along with nine floors and 840 cabins. A swimming pool and gymnasium are expected to be built on the ship.
It was originally scheduled for a 2016 opening, but that has been pushed back according to CNN. It has also changed course. The Titanic II will not follow the original path of the 1912 cruise liner. The original Titanic sailed from Southampton, England to New York. As history says, she never made it to New York and sunk south of Newfoundland after hitting an iceberg. The new Titanic is scheduled to sail from Jiangsu in Eastern China to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Hopefully things go swimmingly (no pun intended) and there will be no need for a James Cameron film titled “Titanic II.” But, we could use another Celine Dion song on the radio.