The new boat promises to be a near-exact replica of its 1912 counterpart.
Gather round, cruise fans: 106 years after the original vessel sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, a new version of the RMS Titanic is set to launch in 2018.
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer—who has apparently never seen the movie—came up with the idea for the Titanic II, along with his shipping company, Blue Star Line. Palmer announced the project in 2012 in hopes of launching in time for the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s fateful voyage, but the sail date was pushed back due to a series of delays.
The boat promises to be fully functioning replica, looking virtually identical to the 1912 counterpart—save for the fact that it promises to stock enough lifeboats for all its passengers, along with modern marine evacuation systems. For passengers interested in a walk down memory lane, the ship will also house replicas of the original lifeboats.
The updated Titanic will be four meters wider than the original and will also feature a welded hull, thanks to modern safety requirements enstated after the original incarnation of the ship hit an iceberg and sank. Blue Star Line and the German hydrodynamic consulting group, Hamburg Ship Model Basin, have been undergoing safety tests on the new vessel for years and while they won’t make the mistake of their predecessors and publicly broadcast that the ship is unsinkable, they do deem it completely seaworthy and up to all modern safety standards. "The new Titanic will, of course, have modern evacuation procedures, satellite controls, digital navigation, and radar systems and all those things you'd expect on a 21st century ship,” said James McDonald, the marketing director of Blue Star Line told the Belfast Telegraph.
Looking for your next water adventure? Titanic II will have 840 rooms and nine decks divided between first, second, and third class tickets. That is more than enough room to accommodate 2,400 passengers and 900 crewmembers—and at least one stowaway that looks like Leonardo DiCaprio (we can only hope).