The Titanic sails again: Inside the lavish £300million replica of doomed ocean liner, which is due to set sail in 2018
- Planned by Blue Star Line, the Titanic II will stick to the incredible detail of the original ship which sank in 1912
- Titanic II’s launch has been pushed back to 2018, with a maiden voyage planned from Jiangsu, China, to Dubai
- Amenities include a small swimming pool, Turkish baths, a gym with Edwardian equipment and a squash court
If this replica of the RMS Titanic ever sets sail, it will look eerily similar to the ill-fated ocean liner that remains the most famous ship of all time.
These captivating side-by-side images show how the planned Titanic II will stick to the incredible detail of the original ship that sank in the Atlantic Ocean more than 100 years ago.
Even though today’s massive cruise ships have on-board amenities such as robot bartenders and giant slides, the Titanic replica will be toned down in comparison and stay true to its namesake with a small swimming pool, Turkish baths and an Edwardian gym.
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The grand staircase on White Star Line ships, including the Titanic and Olympic, was reserved for first class passengers only
Café Parisien, for first class passengers, was designed to have the appearance and feel of a sidewalk cafe in the French capital
Titanic’s 6ft deep pool (left) was filled with salt water after the ship had set sail from Southampton en route to New York
The original Titanic was the largest ship in the world when it set sail on its ill-fated maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in 1912
RMS TITANIC VS. TITANIC II: HOW OLD AND NEW COMPARE
Construction timeline: 1909-1912
Cost: $7.5million (£1.5million)
Maiden voyage: April 10, 1912
Length: 882ft 9in
Lifeboat capacity: 1,178
Maximum speed: 24 knots
Construction company: Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast
Construction timeline: TBD
Maiden voyage: Scheduled for 2018
Lifeboat capacity: 2,700
Maximum speed: 24 knots
Construction company: CSC Jinling Shipyard in Jiangsu, China
The launch of the fully functioning Titanic II, the brainchild of wealthy Australian businessman and politician Clive Palmer, who owns Blue Star Line, has been pushed back to 2018.
Like the ‘unsinkable’ original it will have first, second and third class cabins and dining rooms, and the grand staircase, smoking room, Café Parisien and Marconi Room will be recreated almost to the exact detail based on renderings produced by the Brisbane-based cruise line.
In terms of modern technology in guest rooms or public areas, there is not a TV in sight in the computer-generated images. However, the renderings do show a helipad on the aft deck – a feature that the original Titanic did not have.
There was even talk in the past of supplying period costumes for Titanic II passengers who want to get into the spirit, although it’s not known if that is still being considered.
Plans for the first class dining saloon on board Titanic II call for it to be designed in the same Jacobean style as the original
With white panelling throughout, the first class dining room was nearly 115ft long and spanned the entire width of the ship
Third class passengers ate in communal dining rooms furnished with long tables and chose items from menus which changed daily
Second class staterooms on board the Titanic featured wardrobes, mahogany bunk beds and a sofa that converted into a bed
Titanic II will recreate the original’s Marconi Room, which had a state-of-the-art system that allowed passengers to send messages
Titanic II will meet modern safety and design requirements, meaning it will have a welded hull instead of a riveted one, a diesel-electric propulsion system instead of steam engines, stabilisers, and high-tech navigational equipment.
And it will have enough lifeboats for everyone on board – there was a shortage on the doomed Titanic – and modern-day evacuation systems.
Titanic II will be 13ft wider than the original ship, but its length (885ft), height (174ft) and weight (40,000 tonnes) will be similar and it too will have nine decks, the Belfast Telegraph reported.
The new vessel will have 840 cabins across its three classes and a capacity of 2,435 passengers and 900 crew.
Although no price tag was revealed, construction cost estimates have ranged from £300million to £400million.
Titanic II (pictured in a rendering) has had its launch pushed back to 2018, with a planned journey from Jiangsu, China, to Dubai
Blue Star Line, owned by Australian businessman Clive Palmer, will stick to the original detail of the Titanic (pictured: Turkish bath)
While modern cruise ships boast robot bartenders and giant slides, the Titanic II will feature a gym with Edwardian equipment
Like the original, first class cabins on board Titanic II will feature beds with curtains, wood panelling and his and hers sinks
First class passengers on board the Titanic sailed in the lap of luxury and had access to electric lifts with attendants and sofas
Palmer announced the project in 2012, when he told reporters Titanic II would be built at the CSC Jinling Shipyard in China.
A 2016 launch was planned and there was speculation in 2015 that the project had been abandoned after construction failed to get off the ground, but last September a spokesman for Palmer told the Belfast Telegraph that the launch would be delayed until 2018.
Yet there is still some uncertainty as to whether the controversial ship will ever be built.
Palmer, a 61-year-old MP in Australia’s House of Representatives, is a controversial figure Down Under and has been in the public firing line after his Queensland Nickel business went into voluntary administration, leaving the jobs of more than 200 workers in limbo.
Questions are now being asked about funds directed from Queensland Nickel to his Palmer United Party and involvement in any internal corporate dealings after he resigned his directorship.
This week, Palmer denied claims that his company was in financial difficulty when about AUD$6million (£2.9million) was directed to his political party.
He also rejected suggestions he used an alias to ‘hide’ his identity in emails authorising capital expenditure.
While many of today’s hulking cruise ships boast multiple swimming pools and slides, Titanic II would offer just one indoor pool
The bridge on Titanic II will be designed according to modern regulations and feature state-of-the-art technology
The launch of the fully functioning Titanic II, the brainchild of Australian businessman Clive Palmer, has been pushed back to 2018
Passengers who book a ticket in third class will eat their meals in a communal-style setting with long tables that can seat about a dozen
Second class cabins featured bunk beds and wardrobes with washing facilities, and could accommodate up to four passengers each
The Titanic, and in particular its grand staircase, has a place in pop culture thanks to the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet
There has also been criticism that the project is insensitive to the victims and survivors of the April 1912 tragedy that shocked the world.
The Titanic sank hours after it collided with an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, leaving more than 1,500 passengers and crew dead.
It was the world’s largest ship at the time and was carrying 2,224 people.
Titanic II will not take the same route on its maiden voyage, however. Instead of a transatlantic crossing, it will sail from Jiangsu, China, to Dubai.
THE HISTORY BEHIND RMS TITANIC, WHICH MADE ITS FATEFUL MAIDEN VOYAGE IN 1912
The RMS Titanic is pictured in Belfast before it made its way to Southampton ahead of its maiden voyage in April 1912
RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.
More than 1,500 people died when the ship, which was carrying 2,224 passengers and crew, sank under the command of Captain Edward Smith.
Some of the wealthiest people in the world were on board, including property tycoon John Jacob Astor IV, great grandson of John Jacob Astor, founder of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
Millionaire Benjamin Guggenheim, heir to his family’s mining business, also perished, along with Isidor Straus, the German-born co-owner of Macy’s department store.
The ship was the largest afloat at the time and was designed in such a way that it was meant to be ‘unsinkable’.
It had an on-board gym, libraries, swimming pool and several restaurants and luxury first class cabins.
There were not enough lifeboats on board for all the passengers due to out-of-date maritime safety regulations.
After leaving Southampton on April 10, 1912, Titanic called at Cherbourg in France and Queenstown in Ireland before heading to New York.
On April 14, 1912, four days into the crossing, she hit an iceberg at 11:40pm ship’s time.
James Moody was on night watch when the collision happened and took the call from the watchman, asking him ‘What do you see?’ The man responded: ‘Iceberg, dead ahead.’
By 2.20am, with hundreds of people still on board, the ship plunged beneath the waves, taking many, including Moody, with it.
Despite repeated distress calls being sent out and flares launched from the decks, the first rescue ship, the RMS Carpathia, arrived nearly two hours later, pulling more than 700 people from the water.
It was not until 1985 that the wreck of the ship was discovered in two pieces on the ocean floor.