It would appear engineers of our day and age haven’t learned the over 100-year-old lesson from the previously-built “unsinkable ship” known as the Titanic.
Clive Palmer held a press conference on Tuesday morning on behalf of his Blue Stare Line company, to unveil the blueprints of the Titanic II, set to launch in 2016.
The ship is said to be an exact replica of its predecessor that’s designed to transport passengers across the sea. Mashable adds:
It will make its maiden voyage on 2016 from Southhampton, England to New York, carrying 2,600 passengers in 850 cabins. It will employ about 900 crew members. The length will be three inches longer than the original at 883 feet and include 18 lifeboats — enough for everyone on board.
“The area [for] passengers will be authentic with the same design and facilities, but there will be modern things such as air conditioning and other features we are debating, such as Internet on the ship,” Palmer said at the press conference. “I’m against it. I think you should relax on vacation. There won’t be TVs in the state rooms though.”
The Titanic II has kept various features based on the class system of the early 1900s. Like the first ship, it will have a gym, Turkish baths, a squash court, a grand staircase and swimming pools. It will also retain the dining rooms for second and third class, as well as Captain Smith’s sitting room, bedroom and quarters.
Passengers will also be given 1920s-area costumes, which will be included in state rooms upon arrival and will be a part of the ticket fee, to help recreate the experience. First class passengers will not be able to mingle with those in second or third class, but will be able to spend a few days in different quarters, which will require people to change clothing.
“It will really help you pretend you are in the movie,” Palmer said.
Let’s hope it’s not too much like the movie as that one did not end too well.
Ticket prices have yet to be announced, but some have pledged as much as $1 million to be onboard the first voyage. Oddly enough, descendents of those who survived the original Titanic trip, were in full support of the recreation.
“I’m thrilled,” Helen Benziger, the great-granddaughter of the “unsinkable” Molly Brown (played by Kathy Bates in the 1997 movie), said at the event. “The reason I agreed to be associated with the project is because the professor has assured me he will honor those passengers that perished and survived. My hope is that this will just be something that will honor them and take the voyage across the Atlantic, so it can complete the voyage.”
From a safety standpoint, a Blue Line representative said, “It will be the most safe cruise ship in the world when it launches.”
“Anything will sink if you put a hole in it,” said Palmer, noting the company is already looking into preventing worst-case scenarios. ”I’m not super-superstitious. We are staying true to the original Titanic and a lot of those designs and full experience that never saw the light of day, but there will be some updates too.”