A replica of the Titanic is planned to set sail in 2018. Titanic II is a fully functioning replica of the ill-fated ship funded by Australian billionaire Clive Palmer. The project was originally intended to be completed by 2016.
The ship will have some modern changes added to the design. The vessel will be four meters wider in order to meet today’s maritime safety regulations, and the hull will be welded, not riveted. “The new Titanic will of course have modern evacuation procedures, satellite controls, digital navigation and radar systems and all those things you’d expect on a 21st century ship,” said James McDonald, the global marketing director of Palmer’s company Blue Star Line.
Passengers of the Titanic II will be able to choose from first, second and third-class tickets. The ship will boast nine floors and 840 cabins capable of accommodating 2,400 passengers and 900 crew members, along with Turkish baths, a swimming pool and gymnasiums.