No, the ship hasn’t been resurrected from the ocean depths. This is the Titanic II, a replica of the original ship that met an icy, miserable fate in April of 1912. It’s a project years in the making, and it may be a project that’s doomed to fail.
Titanic II is a titanic project, if you’ll pardon the pun, and it’s been delayed multiple times. The idea became public in 1998, shortly after James Cameron’s 1997 movie about the ship was released. The South African businessman behind the project abandoned it in 2006. The Titanic II project, a new version of the old idea, was announced in 2012, a century after the first Titanic sank. But the initial construction was delayed until 2015 due to various issues with finances. The massive ship was scheduled to set sail in 2016 but again ran into financial problems that weren’t resolved until September 2018. Now, the company behind the project says that the ship will set sail in 2022. But will it?
Titanic II is designed to be a near-perfect replica of the original. One only hopes it won’t have the same design flaws. This version of the ship has a modern diesel engine, and there is no wood paneling. There are also modern safety and navigation features built in. But in appearance, Titanic II is made to look exactly like its predecessor.
Fancy a trip?
The planned route for Titanic II will follow the exact route the original Titanic was meant to take on its maiden voyage, going from Southampton, England to New York City. Once this maiden voyage is complete, a feat the real Titanic never accomplished, the Titanic II will sail around the world.
The original Titanic sank on April 15, sending more than 1,500 people to a watery death. The new Titanic will look the same as the original on the inside, with some upgrades to the third-class cabins.
Doomed to fail
The Titanic has conjured up images of romance, mystery, and tragedy for decades. Many people have dreamed about being on the fabled ship. However, the Titanic also has a reputation for doom that’s hard to ignore. Would you brave a trip on the Titanic II?
Businessman Clive Palmer, the driving force behind the project, believes that many people will crave a ride on the famous ship. Titanic II will have 835 cabins and will be able to carry 2,435 passengers. Yes, the grand staircase is definitely a part of the design.