Australian billionaire Clive Palmer and his company, Blue Star Line are set to unveil the Titanic II, a successor ship to the doomed ocean liner Titanic.
“The Titanic was the ship of dreams”
They said that the saying that the nostalgic trans-Atlantic voyage could set sail this year, 106 years after the original vessel sunk in the North Atlantic Ocean. “The Titanic was the ship of dreams. Titanic II is the ship where dreams will come true.”
Clive Palmer had said in 2013 at the Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum, where he showed off the blueprints. The Titanic II, a cruise ship will be a near-replica of the luxurious liner that hit an iceberg and sank in the Atlantic on its maiden voyage to New York in 1912. More than 1,500 people perished on the vessel. This Titanic will have enough lifeboats, Palmer said.
The new ship recreates the full Titanic experience, from glorious original interiors, such as the grand staircase and Turkish bath to old-time class divisions.
It will be four metres wider, and has its hull welded together instead of using rivets, due to modern maritime safety requirements, the Independent reported. It will be 270 metres long, 53 metres tall like its namesake, Titanic II will have three passenger classes and “no mingling”, Palmer said.
Depending on their “class”, passengers will be seated in the gilded dining room or at long, common tables. They’ll find period clothing in their cabins if they want to go back in time. Nine floors and 840 cabins will accommodate 2,400 passengers and 900 crew members. Amenities include a swimming pool, Turkish baths, gyms, and course air-conditioning.
“Safest cruise ship in the world”
Markku Kanerva, sales director at the company designing the vessel, said it would be the “safest cruise ship in the world”. However, this Titanic’s maiden voyage will be from Jiangsu in Eastern China to Dubai, instead of the Southampton to New York James McDonald, the marketing director of Blue Star Line said: “The new Titanic will of course have modern evacuation procedures, satellite controls, digital navigation and radar systems and all those things you’d expect on a 21st century ship.
Inputs from PTI