Rumor: Titanic II to set sail by 2016?

Plans for a new Titanic cruise ship and an iceberg-free voyage are under way

CONFIRMED: Blue Star Line cruise-ship company is planning to build an exact replica of the Titanic

In its brief reign as the largest ship afloat, the RMS Titanic managed to both attract thousands of wealthy passengers and to kill most of them after colliding with an iceberg and sinking in the North Atlantic Ocean. Now, more than 100 years after the ship’s sinking, plans for another Titanic have reached a new milestone, according to Mashable and the Daily Mail.

 

Almost exact replica

Australian billionaire Clive Palmer and his Blue Star Line cruise-ship company held a news conference this week in New York about progress on the ship, which was first announced in 2012, and is now nearing its building phase. CSC Jinling Shipyard Company in Nanjing, China, has agreed to build the ship and has begun updating its facilities to accommodate the hulking vessel. As a replica of the original Titanic, the new version will be 883 feet long, 174 feet high, have 840 cabins and come with such amenities as Turkish baths, a swimming pool, squash court and gymnasium. This time around, however, the ship will have enough lifeboats for everyone onboard.

Video: Tour the original Titanic

Costumes included

When the Titanic II makes its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York, it will carry 2,600 passengers, all of whom will be given costumes to match dress of that worn in 1912. A strict class system also will be enforced during the cruise, in which first-class passengers will not be able to mingle with second- and third-class passengers, and any travel between the separate classes of cabins will require a costume change.

Photos: Titanic passengers

$1 million tickets

Fare prices to ride on the Titanic II when it launches in 2016 haven’t been published yet, but Palmer says he has received offers as high as $1 million. The billionaire investor is equally cagey when it comes to the price of building the ship, saying “cost isn't what it is about.” When it comes to safety, a Blue Star Line representative is quoted by Mashable promising the ship will be  “the most safe cruise ship in the world when it launches.”

Video: See the Titanic shipwreck

 

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