Well, here’s an interesting one…
After a few false starts since 2012, a replica of the Titanic is once again scheduled to sail again in 2022. It’s said to have room for 2,400 passengers and 900 crew members and is planned to have the same cabin layout and decor as the original ship that found an untimely watery grave after hitting an iceberg in April 1912.
Australian businessman and politician Clive Palmer, Chairman of the Blue Star Line of cruise ships, has been trying to get this idea afloat for about 6 years. He first thought of it in 2012, but after a financial dispute with the Chinese government in 2015, development was halted. Palmer says work on the ship has now started again.
The $500,000,000 ship will be built in China and its maiden voyage will be from Dubai to Southhampton, U.K. From that point, it will make a transatlantic voyage, following the exact same path of the original Titanic ship.
“Blue Star Line will create an authentic Titanic experience, providing passengers with a ship that has the same interiors and cabin layout as the original vessel, while integrating modern safety procedures [ETA: read: enough life boats and a hull that’s welded rather than riveted], navigation methods and 21st century technology to produce the highest level of luxurious comfort,’’ Mr Palmer said in a statement.
“The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York, but she will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivaled attention, intrigue and mystery in every port she visits.”
Here’s a video about the ship:
There’s no word yet on prices or when reservations can be made.
Although intriguing, it’s not something I would ever want to do and frankly, in reading various articles and comments about the ship, response generally seems to be running more negative, mainly due to the horrible ending of the original Titanic ship. However Titanic buffs who have been following Palmer’s story for years are unconvinced this project will ever come to be. That being said, I couldn’t help but chuckle at this response on Twitter:
I would rather fly Spirit https://t.co/1RH38Nmjh0
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) October 22, 2018
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