The “unsinkable” RMS Titanic began its maiden voyage on April 10, 1912, from Southampton in Hampshire, England to New York City. Unfortunately, five nights later, it collided with an iceberg and sank into the Atlantic, taking more than 1,500 lives in the process.
In 2012, a replica was announced: the Titanic II. There are many differences – and similarities – between the two ships. Let’s explore them.
1. New Departure Location
The RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on April 10, 1912, for a week-long journey to New York City. Halfway through the route, the ship scraped its hull along an iceberg and quickly filled with icy water. A few hours later, early on April 15, the boat sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
The replica’s company, the Blue Star Line, is owned by Clive Palmer. He announced that the first trip of the Titanic II would be departing from Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, though the final destination will remain as New York City. This means that the Titanic II will still pass through part of where the original ship intersected with the iceberg.
After the maiden voyage from the UAE to NYC, the Titanic II will journey from New York to Southampton, in England. Then it will begin making regular trips between the two cities, as the original Titanic was initially scheduled to do.