Titanic II – not the movie – will set sail in 2018, do you dare?
This year, on the 20th anniversary the Oscar-winning legendary film, the exact replica of the original Titanic will finally set sail. Reportedly, some have already paid more than $1 million for a ticket while numerous intrepid travelers also rush to book the first trip.
The love story at the center of James Cameron's $200-million-plus re-enactment of the sinking of the Titanic has become cult. Surprisingly, the romantic story starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane made thousands of people dream ?? a nostalgic journey back to the golden age of ocean cruising, (probably minus the sinking).
For the film, its director James Cameron built a 90% scale replica vessel, but no full-size replica capable of reproducing the famous journey has ever been built, until Australian billionaire and businessman Clive Palmer came up with the idea.
After launching the biggest Dinosaur Park in Queensland in 2013, the billionaire has been planning his another film-inspired ambitious project, an imitation of the doomed vessel since 2012. He unveiled blueprints for Titanic II in 2012, which was originally scheduled to set sail in 2016. Now, its maiden voyage is set for 2018.
The replica of the ship was originally set to make the journey from Southampton to New York, the first Titanic’s route but finally is bound for Jiangsu, China and Dubai.
Palmer’s Blue Star Line is building the $600-million Titanic II which is virtually identical to its “unsinkable” predecessor, but has an updated design to meet modern safety requirements. The ship will carry enough lifeboats for every passenger and will also be wider than the original to meet modern maritime safety regulations. The hull will be welded, not riveted like that of the Titanic, according to The Maritime Executive.
“The ship will carry enough lifeboats for every passenger and will also be wider than the original to meet modern maritime safety regulations,” reports the Citizen.
“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,” James McDonald, Blue Star Line’s marketing director, told the Belfast Telegraph.
Ticket prices are yet to be revealed, but some people have reportedly paid up to $1 200 000 for a spot on the vessel.
Last year, the company unveiled renderings of its planned lavish interiors, which will be remarkably faithful to the original design features, with amenities including Turkish baths, an Edwardian gym and the grand staircase, one of the most recognizable features of the Titanic.
But the date of its inaugural journey, originally scheduled to take place last year from Southampton to New York and then slated for this year, travelling instead from Jiangsu in China to Dubai (where the company is reported to have business partners), is another important detail to be confirmed.
Palmer said that the Titanic II is being constructed in memory of the people who were on board the original vessel.
If you aren’t ready to risk as the name of the vessel reminds you about the most famous tragedy in the history of shipwrecks, not a luxurious way of traveling but still you would be happy to find yourself inside Titanic just to discover the design and feel the atmosphere, welcome to China. That’s where you can get inside Titanic without any fear.
The Qixing Energy Investment Group first announced the construction of a life-size replica of the vessel, in 2014 and the construction, which began in 2016, is moving apace.
In September 2017, the vessel named the Romandisea Titanic was reportedly half complete, with six of its nine decks built. Images released in December showed the bow taking shape.
While it will be the exact size of the original vessel (measuring 269 metres long and 28 metres wide), China’s Titanic will not be sailing across the ocean and will instead be permanently docked on the Qi river in Sichuan’s Daying county of south-west China.
Visitors will, however, have the opportunity to fully enjoy the replica’s interiors, including a ballroom, theater, swimming pool and cabins, indulge in a similar banquet enjoyed on the vessel and take part in themed parties and games.
The £105 million ship will be the central feature of the Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort, a new amusement park complex planned in the country with the capacity to accommodate up to 5,000 tourists.
The ship is also aiming to provide tourists with “spiritual satisfaction”, a spokesperson for the resort told the Mail, serving as a reminder of how passengers on board the Titanic comforted each other in the early hours of April 15, 1912.
China’s replica is scheduled to be finished by the end of this year and opened to the public in 2019.
In recalling the circumstances of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the catastrophe occurred on the night of 14 April through to the morning of 15 April 1912 in the North Atlantic Ocean, four days into the ship's maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. The largest passenger liner in service at the time, Titanic had an estimated 2,224 people on board when she struck an iceberg. Her sinking resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people, which made it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.
Titanic received six warnings of sea ice on 14 April but was travelling near her maximum speed when her lookouts sighted the iceberg. Unable to turn quickly enough, the ship suffered a glancing blow that buckled her starboard side and opened five of her sixteen compartments to the sea. Titanic had been designed to stay afloat with four of her forward compartments flooded but no more, and the crew soon realized that the ship would sink. They used distress flares and radio (wireless) messages to attract help as the passengers were put into lifeboats.
In accordance with existing practice, Titanic's lifeboat system was designed to ferry passengers to nearby rescue vessels, not to hold everyone on board simultaneously; therefore with the ship sinking rapidly and help still hours away, there was no safe refuge for many of the passengers and crew. Compounding this, poor management of the evacuation meant many boats were launched before they were completely full.
When Titanic sank, over a thousand passengers and crew were still on board. Almost all those who jumped or fell into the water either drowned or died within minutes due to the effects of cold water immersion.
RMS Carpathia arrived on the scene about an hour and a half after the sinking and rescued the last of the survivors by 09:15 on 15 April, some nine and a half hours after the collision. The disaster caused widespread outrage over the lack of lifeboats, lax regulations, and the unequal treatment of the three passenger classes during the evacuation. Subsequent inquiries recommended sweeping changes to maritime regulations, leading to the establishment in 1914 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), which still governs maritime safety today.