USA Today – Australian billionaire Clive Palmer unveiled plans Tuesday for construction of Titanic II, a cruise ship designed as a “full-scale re-creation” of the Titanic, which sank in the Atlantic Ocean in April 1912.
Displaying a blueprint for the Titanic II at a press conference aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Palmer announced that the ship will be built in China and begin carrying passengers in the third quarter of 2016. Palmer, who refused to divulge the cost of building the ship, said “the Titanic was a ship of dreams,” and “the Titanic II will be the ship where dreams come true.”
The Australian businessman, who owns an Australian mining company and other businesses, said he has received an overwhelming response from prospective passengers who want to travel on Titanic II. He predicted that it “will be a real financial bonanza” so successful that he will “have to build Titanic III.”
The Titanic II will be built 883 feet long – 3 inches longer than the original Titanic– and weigh 55,800 gross tons, according to Palmer. It will carry a maximum of 2,435 passengers and 900 crew members, and include a gymnasium, Turkish baths, a squash court, a swimming pool, a theater and a casino. Its first voyage is scheduled to be from Shanghai to Southampton, England, and then on to New York.
The Titanic — the largest and most luxurious cruise ship of its time — departed from Southampton on its maiden voyage to New York in 1912 and made two stops in Europe before striking an iceberg several hundred miles off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. More than 1,500 people aboard died after the collision.
The Titanic II, which will be built by a state-owned Chinese company, CSC Jinling Shipyard, will honor the memories of those who died and survived on the Titanic, Palmer said. The Titanic was operated by the White Star Line, and Palmer’s cruise company is called Blue Star Line.
Like the original ship, there will no TVs aboard and probably no Internet service, he says.
I frickin’ love this idea. If you don’t think I’m saving up all my pennies and purchasing a ticket on the Titanic II then you might be a Debbie Downer and need psychiatric evaluation. I’m not even sure what the big deal is. It can’t get any worse than the original, right? I mean, the original Titanic killed 1,500 people. Which back then was a big deal. But back then was in 1912 and the driver was obviously blind. We live in 2013 where ships and cruise liners are built everyday, and shipped out everyday. Do people really think that this one will be created any differently- safety wise- and that it’ll suffer the same result? For sure not. This thing is making the entire voyage, and then lasting about 50-years after. Its going to be a sailing museum. An absolutely bank for Old Man Palmer. This is the reason Clive is a billionaire. He sees money opportunities and he takes advantage of them. Yeah its going to cost him millions upon millions of dollars. And yeah, he’ll die in 20-30 years so he’ll only be able to enjoy the income for a little, but he just set up his money hungry kids for the long term. I’ve been saying for years that they should make another Titanic. People laughed at me. Literally laughed. But not, Clive here. Not this genius. Clive is taking the Titanic by the stern and creating that bitch. I’m all with you, Clive. Just wish I would have had a billion dollars 15-years ago when I came up with this idea first.
PS, On second thought, there’s no TV or Internet service on this ship so I’m pretty sure I’m not attending. I can’t go a day without either so I’m not making however long it takes to sail halfway across the world. I’ll definitely watch the news and blog the story if it crashes though, and you can bet for certain I’ll be at the movies with popcorn and soft drink in hand if Universal Studios puts out a motion picture detailing the events.
PSS, Its not coincidental that his cruise line company is similarly named after the original Titanic’s cruise line company, right? Because if it is, then no one should want any part of this cruise. I’m starting to picture a second downed ship in the Northern Atlantic.