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Titanic II set to arrive in New York 2016

The wreck of the Titanic has captivated the world for a hundred years. Now, thanks to a wealthy Australian mining tycoon, the dream of the ultimate cruise trip is about to materialize again.

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The Titanic II plans to arrive at New York in 2016 – 104 years after the original never made it there. Photo: Blue Star Line handout

The Titanic II plans to arrive at New York in 2016 – 104 years after the original never made it there. Photo: Blue Star Line handout

TITANIC II DETAILS.
[dropcap]L[/dropcap]et’s give it one more shot – we might just be able to avoid the icebergs this time.

101 years after the RMS Titanic hit one and sunk on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, Australian tycoon and billionaire Clive Palmer on Tuesday revealed the details of his Titanic II plans, a replica to the famous White Star liner.

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Billionaire Clive Palmer

Billionaire Clive Palmer

As if the latest debacles in the cruising industry – including the recent breakdown of the Carnival Triumph in the Mexican Gulf, a voyage dubbed the “stench cruise” because of the lack of working toilets onboard, and the Costa Concordia crash a few years ago – never happened, Palmer says the new version of the historic liner will be dispatched for New York from Southampton in 2016.

The first idea of a the Titanic replica was presented last year, and has since then formed into a shipping company, the Blue Star Line (to be compared with the original White Star Line), and detailed plans of the new ship.

 

Harland & Wolff's shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where the Titanic was built.

Harland & Wolff’s shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where the Titanic was built. Photo: TravelingReporter.com

While the original was built by Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast between 1909 and 1912, the Titanic II will take form in China at the CSC Jinling shipyard, the project’s financier explained.

Palmer refused to admit that Titanic II will be “unsinkable”.

“I think people in the past have done that and lived to regret it,” said Palmer according to the Daily Mail. “I think anything will sink if you put a hole in it.”

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Measurements of the two vessels are very much similar – the RMS Titanic had a length of 882 feet and 9 inches, whereas the replica will boast a full 883 feet (270 meters). While that is much less than many of today’s liners, Titanic II, too, will fit shopping, a cinema and casino, according to the plans.  

The Blue Star Line also points out, carefully, that the Titanic II will feature more lifeboats than the Titanic did.

Palmer, who made his fortune in mining, wouldn’t comment on how much the project costs. “It’s not about the money,” Palmer said according to Reuters. “I’ve got enough money for it, I think that’s all that matters.”

 

Jaime Katz, an analyst who tracks the cruise industry, said to Reuters that Titanic II may find it difficult to compete with established cruise lines, particularly the economies of scale of their larger fleets. She said the Titanic II could be marketed to wealthier passengers and could draw repeat business by varying its routes rather than focusing on trans-Atlantic crossings.

The fate of the RMS Titanic in 1912 might be enough to give the project a financial boost – according to Clive Palmer, “40,000 people had registered for tickets on the ship’s website with 16 offering between $750,000 and $1m to be on the opening voyage,” the Daily Mail reported.

Palmer said he himself plans to travel in a third class cabin on the ship’s maiden voyage to New York.

What the dining hall will look like onboard the Titanic II. Photo: Blue Star Line handout

What the dining hall will look like onboard the Titanic II. Photo: Blue Star Line handout

 

Blueprint of the new ship. Photo: Blue Star Line handout

Blueprint of the new ship. Photo: Blue Star Line handout

 

The classic staircase, as the ship itself a replica of that of the RMS Titanic. Photo: Blue Star Line handout

The classic staircase, as the ship itself a replica of that of the RMS Titanic. Photo: Blue Star Line handout

 

The pool. Photo: Blue Star Line handout

The Titanic II passenger pool. Photo: Blue Star Line handout

 

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The editor of the Traveling Reporter works as a business news editor, and is a frequent traveler. When not doing any of that, he spends time on his boat and tries to figure out where to travel next. Two of his top destinations are the Philippines and San Francisco. Email Erik! Follow the Traveling Reporter at Stumbleupon, Tumblr, Chime In, Pinterest, Google+, Weibo, Storify, Facebook, Traveldudes, Myspace.