Project by billionaire to build and sail exact replica of legendary liner.
An Australian billionaire, Clive Palmer, has undertaken a project to build an exact replica of the legendary Titanic which sank after striking an iceberg in April, 1912. Palmer, an Australian mining tycoon recently released blueprints for the ship which will cross the North Atlantic on its maiden voyage scheduled for the latter half of 2016.
Plans are for the ship to be constructed mostly in China by CSC Jinling Shipyard and according to Deltamarin, the Finnish company that’s designing the ship, it will be “absolutely the most safe cruise ship in the world when it is launched.” It will have capacity for 2,435 passengers and 900 crew. The original ship had about 2,229 on board, of whom 713 survived.
Upon completion, the ship will sail its maiden voyage in the exact shadow of its legendary namesake departing from Southampton, England, bound for New York.
This time, however, there will plenty of lifeboats, and life jackets, as well as air conditioning, but reports suggest that there may not be Internet or television access. (Still under consideration). Also present will be a hospital and helipad.
Plans are for the ship to precisely resemble the original vessel in every aspect, to include furnishings, staterooms, dining and recreational facilities.
First, second and third class tickets will be available. The cost? Yet to announced, but reports are that one interested party has made an offer of $1 million. In the spirit of the event, passengers will have the option of outfitting themselves with apparel from the era...apparently included as a packaged side benefit.