Some are calling this move an unsinkable idea.
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer will build a replica of the mythical cruiser, which will cover the Southampton-New York route on the 110th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
More than a century ago, the mighty Titanic left the port of Southampton bound for New York, on a trip she would never complete.
On the morning of April 15, 1912, north of a cold Atlantic Ocean, more than 1,500 people died in the sinking of what was then considered the world’s largest and most luxurious transatlantic against an iceberg.
Only 700 people survived, between passengers and crew.
Titanic was under the command of Capt. Edward Smith, who also went down with the ship.
The ocean liner was carrying some of the wealthiest people on the planet, as well as hundreds of emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland, Scandinavia and elsewhere throughout Europe who were seeking a new life in the United States.
The history of the “Unsinkable” was known throughout the twentieth century, but its greatest fame came in 1997 thanks to the movie director James Cameron, who took it to the screen with an extra point of epic and romance that would make him take away 11 Oscars later on.
Now, it seems the journey shall be repeated, but everyone is hoping for a happy ending.
The company Blue Star Line (in a tribute to the original that chartered the first ship, the White Star Line) has announced that it plans to build and launch the Titanic II in 2022, according to Bloomberg.
The trip would be the same, although with a previous stage from Dubai. Once established again in Southampton, the ship would make regular trips between England and New York in the summer and cruises around the world for the rest of the season, as explained by Lonely Planet.
The project of the Titanic II won’t come cheap.
It is estimated that the entire project will cost around $ 500 Million as experts aim to build an exact replica of the Titanic, only more modern: it will have the classic staircase, a pool and a sauna along its nine decks, which will host 2,400 passengers and 900 crew.
All of them redistributed in the first, second and third class.
Of course, this time the capacity of lifeboats will be almost 3,000 people, instead of just 1,200.
The idea is not new.
Blue Star Line, owned by the Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, already tried to create a similar project in 2012.
However, the lack of financing for the construction and a conflict with the Chinese government -which was building it- forced to cancel it in 2016.
Now, the project offices will be in Paris and will begin to operate and hire staff as of March 2019.