Let’s hope the second trip ends better than the first! According to the Boston Herald, Australian billionaire Clive Palmer announced Monday that he plans to build a high-tech replica of the RMS Titanic for a scheduled 2016 voyage from England to New York. ”It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic,” said Palmer, who noted that the major difference will be the ship’s “state-of-the-art 21st-century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems.” Palmer said he intends the project to be ”a tribute to the spirit of the men and women who worked on the original Titanic.”
Ironically, the finished Titanic II, which will carry 1,680 passengers, will be small by today’s cruising standards when most ships carry more than 2,000 passengers. To ensure the meticulous design, a historical research team is working with Palmer’s Blue Star Line Pty. Ltd. As such, there will be four decorative smoke stacks, though the ship itself will run on diesel. There will also be updates to the original Titanic’s construction that will increase its sturdiness, maximize fuel efficiency, and allow the vessel to maneuver more precisely. Like, say, around icebergs (just an example). Palmer did not disclose the cost of the project. Tip to Clive: Spare no expense on lifeboats.
This is not Palmer’s first attempt at building Titanic II. Previous efforts were scuttled when he couldn’t raise enough money for the ambitious endeavor. Now that he has commissioned China’s CSC Jinling Shipyard, Palmer hopes to build three more mega-ships for future cruises.
What do you think, PopWatchers? Would you chance a ride on a 21st-century Titanic?