Enjoy the stunning first images of ‘Titanic 2’, showing how closely the new ship will be modeled on RMS Titanic. Despite boasting brand new technology, the modern Titanic will stay true to the past with features such as an Edwardian gym and Turkish baths. Among the novelties will be a helipad and contemporary safety features.
The building cost of the new Titanic II ship is estimated to hit up to £400million.
An updated version and fully functioning replica of RMS Titanic, Titanic II is set to launch in 2018, 106 years after the original ship sank in the North Atlantic Ocean.
The original plans of Blue Star were to build the replica of Titanic in April 2012 in oder to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking. The project has been later pushed back to 2016, and then to 2018.
The brainchild of Australian businessman and politician Clive Palmer will look virtually identical to the 1912 ship. It will be just four metres wider, with a hull welded together rather than riveted because of modern maritime safety requirements.
However, unlike the original, the new Titanic ship will have enough lifeboats and modern marine evacuation systems, as well as a boat deck housing replicas of the authentic lifeboats.
Titanic 2 ship details
When finished, the new Titanic will be 53 metres high, 270 metres long, and weigh 40,000 tonnes. The ship will have 9 floors and 840 cabins accommodating up to 2,400 passengers and 900 crew, along with a swimming pool, gymnasium and Turkish baths. It will remain faithful to the classifications of its original namesake with first, second and third-class tickets.
The maiden voyage of Titanic II will not be from Southampton to New York like her namesake’s, but rather from Jiangsu, Eastern China to Dubai, United Arab Emirates where Blue Star Line has business partnerships.
“We are not looking for investment from Dubai, as it is a project we are funding ourselves, but we have been in contact with a number of companies based in the Emirates who are looking at utilising opportunities that arises with the project,” said James McDonald, marketing director of Blue Star Line.
He added that the new Titanic will have modern evacuation procedures, digital navigation and radar systems, satellite controls and all those things one would expect on a 21st century ship.
Some relatives of cruise passengers who died on RMS Titanic condemned the move to build the replica as insensitive, but Mr McDonald announced the project had received a favourable response. Blue Star had been flooded with inquiries from potential guests, with some offering up to £640,000 for the chance to be on Titanic 2 maiden voyage.