It’s been 100 years since the fateful and tragic sinking of the Titanic. Its reincarnation, however, was announced by Blue Star Line in 2012.
In the announcement, Clive Palmer, Blue Star Line’s chairman, it was revealed that the ship would be a replica of the original and would offer the same interiors and cabin layout. Of course, not everything will be the same. Titanic II will integrate all the modern safety procedures and practices as well as navigation methods.
Additionally, the ship will be welded and not riveted, making it much safer. It will also be outfitted with plenty of lifeboats as well as 21st-century technology to ensure the ship’s luxurious reputation.
Curiously, Palmer also announced that “The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York.” The original Titanic set sail on April 10, 1012, carrying 2,200 passengers. That ship hit an iceberg four days later and sunk, killing more than 1,500 people. It also spurned one of the best or worst films of all time, depending on who you ask.
Funnily enough, that’s not the plan for this new Titanic. Instead, it will “circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivalled attention, intrigue and mystery in every port she visits,” explained Palmer.
The maiden voyage for the Titanic II is set for 2022; the project was delayed due to a financial dispute with the Chinese government in 2015. In September of 2018, Palmer announced that the project was back on course.