Titanic II will be almost exactly the same dimensions as the original, although with a modern propulsion system and, one would hope, better sewage and ventilation than the current state of the art in cruise ships.
The ship reportedly will be built by the CSC Jinling Shipyard in China. When completed, the ship will sail to Southampton, England, to re-create the voyage to New York that the original Titanic never completed.
The passengers, according to reports, will be provided with period clothing and the ship will have three classes, with Palmer electing to travel third class like Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Jack Dawson, did in the 1997 blockbuster “Titanic.” Just like in that movie, the lower classes will be restricted in their movements. Once in steerage, you stay in steerage, although presumably in this more enlightened age they’ll let you out if the ship starts to sink.
The sailing date is sometime in 2016, and, Palmer tells the press, 40,000 have registered for tickets and 16 have offered between $750,000 and $1 million to be on the maiden voyage.
Palmer may have discovered a market for re-creating doomed voyages, but without the disaster element. A trans-Atlantic flight on the Hindenburg, anyone?
Dale McFeatters writes for the Scripps Howard News Service.