Titanic II Ocean Liner Replica Scheduled for 2018 Cruise
Unsinkable. That was the prime promotional adjective used to describe the RMS Titanic ocean liner in 1912. Operated by a British company called White Star Line, Titanic was constructed in Belfast, Ireland. The ocean liner launched from Southampton, England destined for New York City in 1912. It sailed from Southampton on April 10 with 2,224 passengers on board. About 5 days later, Titanic infamously struck an iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912. Australian coal and real estate mogul Clive Palmer, and cruise line company Blue Star Line, are banking on the nostalgic and historical power of the Titanic to launch a nearly virtual replica of the Titanic, to be called Titanic II, sometime in 2018.
The Tragedy of Titanic
Over 1,500 Titanic passengers perished in the frigid waters and The RMS Carpathia was able to rescue a little over 700 survivors over two hours after the Titanic sank. The large numbers of deaths were due to several factors: the coldness of the North Atlantic waters, the fact that there were only enough lifeboats for less than 1200 people and too many lifeboats were launched pre-sinking that were under-capacity and the amount of time elapsed between Titanic’s sinking and the arrival of help. The history of that night has taken on a life of its own and become a legend of romantic tragedy. The legend of Titanic has cemented a place in the public consciousness and popular culture well into the 21st century.
Titanic II will feature near replica-like and era-appropriate interior design from the original Titanic. Titanic II will be built in China, whereas the original was built in Belfast, Ireland. Titanic II will also feature the latest in state-of-the-art technology and safety equipment. (Yes, there will be more than enough lifeboats to go around this time.) The hull on Titanic II will be extensively spot-welded. The hull of the original Titanic was only riveted together. The Titanic II has 840 cabin, which is enough room for 2400 passengers and 900 crew members. The new ocean liner will be over 900 feet long and 171 feet high. The new version of Titanic, just like the original, will be a lot smaller in stature in comparison to contemporary ocean liners, which are more akin to floating cities. Titanic II is scheduled to be launched from Jiangsu, China with a sea route destination of Dubai, U.A.E. sometime in 2018. Ticket prices have yet to be announced.
In reality, the sinking of the Titanic was an avoidable tragedy. Therefore, criticisms of insensitivity and commercially nostalgic opportunism, especially towards the families of survivors of the original Titanic, have not deterred Palmer and Blue Star Line’s ambitions in the least. Palmer and Blue Star Line had previously tried to launch Titanic II back in 2012 in time for the 100th anniversary of the sinking. In 2012, Titanic II was even slated to follow the original 1912 Southampton to New York City sea route of the Titanic. Those plans fell through; however, Palmer is certain that 2018 will be the year that Titanic II finally sets off on its maiden voyage.