Well, this is nerve-wracking. Titanic II, a replica of the infamous doomed ocean liner, will set sail in 2022, 110 years after the original.
Quick refresher: The original RMS Titanic made its voyage in April 1912, but met its end when it hit an iceberg and sank; more than 1,500 passengers died (but not Rose).
The new ship, intended to be a nearly exact replica (it will have better navigation systems and additional safety measures, thankfully), will carry 2,400 passengers, 900 crew members and enough life jackets and life boats to go around—a major upgrade, if you ask us. If everything goes to plan, the ship will travel first from Dubai to Southampton, England, then make that fateful journey across the Atlantic to New York. The $500 million project was originally intended to be ready in 2016, but financial disputes caused a major delay in production.
According to a statement from Clive Palmer, head of cruise company Blue Star Line, the trip will be “an authentic Titanic experience, providing passengers with a ship that has the same interiors and cabin layout as the original vessel, while integrating modern safety procedures, navigation methods and 21st century technology to produce the highest level of luxurious comfort.”
According to the Blue Star Line website, the Titanic II will feature all of the same restaurants and dining rooms, and provide the same luxury dining experience as the 1912 boat. The ship will still sell tickets according to three class tiers, but the third-class (aka "steerage") accommodations will also be modernized, so you won't have to worry about rats scurrying down the halls. (We hope.) Other onboard amenities will include saunas, pools and a Turkish bath. No word on the vintage cars with fog-prone windows, though...
Raise your hand if you’ll be buying a ticket. Now raise your hand if this whole thing makes you extremely nervous.