As soon as the Titanic II replica was announced in 2012, tweets abounded about the need for enough room for lifeboats. The original Titanic infamously did not have enough boats and life rafts on board for all the passengers, leading to the death of over 1,500 men, women, and children. Thankfully, the Titanic II will not be an exact replica: safety will be a priority. More than enough lifeboats have been factored into the design of the ship – but that’s another item.
There will be enough lifeboats on the ship for 2,700 people and enough life rafts for an additional 800 passengers. The original Titanic only had 16 wooden boats that would accommodate a total of 1178, just a third of the capacity of passengers.
The original Titanic was a luxury steam-liner in its time. If the Titanic II replicates the original’s prices, it will be quite expensive to take a trip. The most costly first-class cabins cost about $100,000.
Passengers like Jack Dawson, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in the hit movie Titanic, would have paid around $350 – $900 for his ticket, though that was the cheapest “class” of tickets. Do you think you could afford any of the levels on Titanic II?
The original Titanic’s passengers were split into three classes: first, second, and third. Accommodations and social status were profoundly impacted by which class you booked, and of course, the ability to pay for it. In the movie Titanic, Jack wins just enough to afford a third-class ticket, indicating his low social status, as opposed to Rose.
In the Titanic II, the accommodations are designed to be authentic to the original. This means smaller rooms at lower prices for the third class, and extreme luxury – and cost – for those in first class. An option for passengers to experience all class options is “under consideration,” meaning a special ticket would arrange for them to live in all three types of quarters and experience the different pains and privileges of the various classes.
The Blue Star Line is reportedly spending $500 million to build the new ocean liner. In 1912, the original Titanic, created by the White Star Line, cost $7.5 million, which would be roughly $180 million today.
By that ratio, the decks must be even more spruced up than those in the blockbuster film. Keep reading to see what type of amenities the Titanic II will have from passengers. Yes, pools, gyms, and more — oh my! Even some things that drive true nostalgia of the past.
The Titanic II will be built to almost the exact specifications as its originator, the Titanic. It will accommodate up to 2,400 passengers, while the 2,240 passengers boarded the original. The Titanic II will also have room for 900 crew members and 835 cabins.
Its proportions have been published online: 883 feet long and 175 feet high, with ten decks. The design plans also include replicas of the Titanic’s restaurants and dining rooms. The famous Parisian Cafe will also be replicated – it featured in the Titanic motion picture.
Titanic II will have a new deck called the “Safety Deck,” which the original did not have, unfortunately. The safety deck will be located between decks C and D with the purpose of housing modern, enclosed lifeboats. The boat deck above will feature replicas of the original lifeboats, though they will only be for show.
Space for the safety deck was made by lowering decks D and below by 2.8 meters and lifting the superstructure by 1.3 meters, which then necessitated the removal of the Orlop deck, which mainly housed boilers. The lifting of the superstructure now negates the need for a lookout on the ship, though that is an old practice and is left to technology today. In addition to the original staircases, new ‘escape’ staircases are also being built into the boiler exhaust uptakes.
Though the Titanic II will be a replica of the original when it comes to aesthetics, engine power is another matter. The original coal-fired boilers, steam engines, and steam turbines will all be replaced with diesel-electric propulsion systems with four diesel generating sets. They will provide power for three azimuth thrusters, and two bow thrusters mounted sideways. A rudder will be replicated, though that is purely for show and has no maritime purpose.
The space that housed the steam engines and coal-fired boiler rooms will be used on the Titanic II for crew quarters and ship systems.
The Titanic II will have a few external differences when compared to the original, such as a bulbous bow for increased fuel efficiency, though it will be moderate in size compared to newer ships.
Observation decks in the infamous funnels, which would have tinted window coverings to blend in with the funnel’s color, will be added, though the appearance is still intended to be as close as possible to the original.
Unlike the original Titanic, the replica will not have a sheer, or camber. A pronounced sheer was often a cosmetic feature of ocean liners of the time, thought to add a graceful appearance to the hull of the ship. However, the addition of a sheer also made work more difficult, which translated into more costly, construction.
The Titanic II will have an upwards rake added to the C deck at the bow and stern, which will give the ship a superficial appearance, though an inauthentic wedge-shaped gap had to be added between decks C and D to produce this visual effect.
Stabilizers will be added to the Titanic II to reduce roll in lousy weather. Active tank systems, or anti-roll systems, an accelerometer senses the rolling motions, and signals are sent from this roll-sensing device to a variable pitch pump, which controls the liquid flow between the tanks. This means the stabilizer can be used to reduce or even eliminate the roll of each individual wave.
The Titanic II will also have “Anti-iceberg” upgrades: it will have a welded hull instead of a riveted one, which should make for more exceptional durability, and it’s slightly wider for stability. Plus, modern navigation equipment makes it highly unlikely that the ship will encounter something unexpected.
Even though the Titanic was surrounded by water, passengers still were able to enjoy a pool. The original Titanic had a heated pool – the second pool of its kind. The first was installed in the Titanic’s sister ship, the Olympic.
The Titanic II will have a similar pool, including the porthole windows, though it is tiny considering the number of passengers. Of course, not all passenger classes will be able to access the pool so that problem may sort itself out.
The original Titanic included a gym for its first-class passengers. The gym had an electric camel, an electrical horse, cycling machines, and rowing machines, all of which will be included in the Titanic II.
A squash or racquetball court will also be available to passengers, for a cost. An hour on the original court, which was obviously not included in the ticket price, cost passengers two shillings or 50 cents. The equivalent value today would be approximately $13.00 USD.
In 1912, first-class male passengers had access to a private smoke room aboard the Titanic. Of course, the Titanic II will also replicate this room, though it is not clear whether the room will be limited to only men this time around.
The original ship’s designer, Thomas Andrews, is said to have been last seen in the smoke room, which was also mimicked in the movie Titanic. The film also alludes to his despair at having designed a flawed ship and that he went down with it. The original Titanic bridge, which will be replicated for aesthetic purposes only on the Titanic II.
The interior designs and decorations of the Titanic II are intended to be as similar to the original ship as possible. Tillberg Design of Sweden was contracted to produce models that replicated the original interiors, though the wooden paneling would have to be replaced with veneers due to current fire regulations.
As long as it looks even remotely similar to the original vessel, passengers are sure to swoon over the replicated beauty. Likewise, who doesn’t appreciate a safer material?
The Titanic II is the first major passenger vessel built in China. China typically has more experience in constructing cargo ships rather than cruise ships, and a significant investment was required to ensure it met the primary safety requirements and regulations for passenger’s vessels.
It is undoubtedly a considerable undertaking, especially for the state-owned CJC Jingling shipyard that has never built a large passenger vessel.
As the Chinese state-owned shipyard constructing the Titanic II does not have a dry-dock, the ship will be side launching from a 200m slipway. That would make it the largest side-launched vessel in history and will require a significant extension to the shipyard’s facilities.
Side launching involves an oiled slideway, or slipway, that extends into the water. It is one of the most commonly used ship launching systems. There are two side launching methods: one involves the ship’s own weight sliding it into the water, and the second consists of the slipway and the ship being moved into the water as one, with the ship’s buoyancy and stabilizers steadying it.
The Titanic II will have one advantage the original passengers couldn’t dream of having: air conditioning. However, that’s where the luxury stops. There will be no television or internet on the ship, to maintain the romance of that long-lost time. For those in need of sending or receiving messages, there will be a Marconi room.
Everyone on board will also be provided with early 20th century-style clothes and undergarments in their cabins to get them ready for living on the Titanic.
Clive Palmer is definitely an “eccentric billionaire” if there ever was one. He has a reputation for insane publicity stunts, such as the attempt to create a giant Jurassic Park-style dinosaur theme park at his golf resort. Around the time of his announcement of the Titanic II, Palmer also decided to enter Australian federal politics. Palmer has previously claimed that he was the target of a conspiracy by Barack Obama, the CIA, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Greenpeace.
He has gained a reputation in Australia for launching ambitious and unconventional business ideas, then failing to see them through. The Titanic II might be another of these “Classic Clive Palmer announcements,” primarily due to the difficulties the project has faced.
Though much fanfare has surrounded the announcement of the Titanic II, the idea of a commercialized replica has also received criticism, being described as ‘insensitive’ and ‘a mockery of the memory of those who died.’
Cunard Line, who acquired the White Star Line legacy, claims that they have always been mindful and respectful of the tragedy and do not see the replica as “appropriate.”
On the tragedy’s 100th anniversary (2012), Clive Palmer announced that construction for a second Titanic would begin before the end of the year, with a 2016 launch date. The following year, reports emerged that Palmer was experiencing financial difficulties that would postpone the start of construction until March 2014, then to late 2014.
When construction still had not begun in 2015, a spokesperson clarified that the project had merely been delayed, not canceled, but the new launch date would be 2018 – two years later than initially planned. However, a journalist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation had been informed that the project had been halted, as the Chinese shipyard workers were highly unconvinced that the project would move beyond the proposal phase.
During this time, Clive Palmer had dabbled in Australian politics. When he faced the freezing of personal assets to recoup money owed to a newly bankrupt company he owned, he declined to stand for re-election and chose to refocus on the Titanic II project instead. On September 27, 2018, the Blue Star Line announced that the project would recommence, and the current expected launch date is 2022.
Do not confuse Clive Palmer’s project with a Chinese Titanic replica. Seven Star Energy Investment commissioned it to function as part of a Romandisea resort on the River Qi in the Sichuan Province.
Unlike the Titanic II, the replica is not intended to sail; instead, it will be permanently docked within a reservoir. Though the ship was still under construction in February 2019, it was meant to be completed by 2018. The estimated cost of the project was £125 million.
The Titanic museums, located in Branson, Missouri, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, are designed to depict the front half of the original ship. The museums manage to obtain a rotating set of Titanic artifacts, like a survivor’s cane and life jackets recovered from the ship.
Although you can see these amazing artifacts, most of the items were lost to the ocean. Over time, elements in the water have eaten away at the metal and caused the actual ship to slowly desecrate.
Though exact details of the Blue Star Line’s experience have yet to be fully announced, it is most likely that the ship’s design won’t be the only historical element on the voyage. A promotional video showed passengers and crew in vintage costumes from the early 20th century, implying that employees may be wearing period-inspired outfits.
As mentioned previously, passengers will also have the option of dressing in period-era clothing to travel back in time. What would you pick if you were riding on the Titanic II? Details should become available as the ship’s 2022 launch draws closer.
The Blue Star Line has spared no expense when it comes to providing an accurate and authentic experience of the voyage. After all, Titanic II cost nearly four times as much as the first one.
According to the website, the ship will feature all the same restaurants and dining rooms as the original, with antique decor and a menu to match. Other amenities the boat will have include saunas, pools, and a Turkish bathhouse.
Perhaps the idea of sailing on the Titanic II doesn’t sound appealing to you. Maybe the idea of naming a ship after one of the most significant maritime tragedies have you worried about history repeating itself. Alternatively, perhaps you’re extremely adventurous and want to experience the original Titanic in all its former glory.
Never fear – you still have the option of visiting the original shipwreck. Several companies now have plans to take tourists down to the site in 2019 and 2020, though that window of opportunity will not be open for long. Of course, prices are exorbitantly high: over $100,000 per person. The dive takes up to 12 hours to reach the 12,500-foot depth, making it less seen than outer space!
Clive Palmer pragmatically said, “Anything will sink if you put a hole in it,” making him much smarter than the Titanic character, Cal, who said, “Even God himself couldn’t sink it!” The movie quote is based on the excitement surrounding the ship before the maiden voyage and the claims of it being an unsinkable ship.
Anything can happen when Mother Nature is involved; however, the designers and engineers will do everything in their power to protect the passengers and the ship from sinking.
Clive Palmer announced in a statement made in Brisbane, Australia that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union had forced his Australian cruise company, the Blue Star Line, to base their planned European office in Paris instead of London.
The reasoning is that it would be of little use to have a European HQ outside of Europe. The decision meant a delay in the European office launch until March 2019.
The Titanic II will have the same maximum speed as the original of 24 knots and would feature a larger rudder and a modern diesel engine instead of steam boilers. One knot is approximately 1.15 mph, making the maximum speed of the ships around 27 or 28 mph.
The Titanic II will have propellers mounted in Azipods or pods that can turn on a vertical and azimuthal axis for steering. The original Titanic had three propellers. Two would not be enough to transmit the power at the engine’s nominal speed, and the centerline propeller was driven by a Parsons low-pressure turbine using the low-pressure steam after it went through the reciprocating engines that drove the two outboard propellers.
The two outer propellers had three blades, and the centerline propeller had four. Essentially, the designers tried to combine the two types of propulsion engines thermodynamically and hydrodynamically through the use of three- and four-bladed propellers.
In a 2013 interview, Palmer claimed that he plans to travel in third class on the Titanic II’s launch. Though enormous sums of money collected from the Titanic’s first-class passengers, a considerable percentage of transatlantic voyages were made from the passengers in third class, also known as the “Steerage” passengers because of the location of third class deep in the ship’s hull.
The Titanic’s steerage tickets were more expensive than most other third-class cabins or accommodations at the time, with a third-class ticket costing nearly a month’s wages for a skilled laborer. This was mainly because the ship was an overall more luxurious ship than any others on the market, except for the Olympic. The result was that a typical third-class passenger was usually upper working-class or lower-middle-class.
Many luxury liners today include a helipad – a feature that was certainly not on the original Titanic. However, the Titanic II may get this special upgrade on the aft deck, which means it would not be as visible to the public.
Helipads are usually used on a ship for harbor operations or medical emergencies, though in evacuation cases, helipads are unnecessary because trained individuals can climb up or down while the helicopter is stationary. Maritime helicopters also tend to be larger than usual ones, which complicates the question of where to place the helipad without disrupting the rest of the ship’s design.
As we’ve mentioned, the Titanic II will have an additional lower deck called the safety deck. A fun feature of this deck is that it will also include a casino, hospital, a theater, and a few shops. The theater will seat approximately 400 and will be more of a ‘show lounge,’ since the deck is single-height. Some ships can accommodate up to thousands of passengers at once, but the Titanic II will not follow suit on this modern luxury.
Casinos on the ship are not a British tradition, so the Titanic did not have one, but they are currently among the most profitable public rooms on a modern cruise ship.
Titanic II has many features that should make navigating any potential objects in the water much more manageable. However, the Titanic II is not any safer from icebergs due to climate change.
Increased ice melting in Greenland, where the Titanic’s very own infamous iceberg originated, has led to increased iceberg discharge. Iceberg migration into the North Atlantic, where the Titanic II will be traveling, has doubled from the long-term average of about 450 a year to about 1000 today.
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