Titanic II: Australian Mining Tycoon Clive Palmer To Life-size Build Replica Of The Titanic

A maiden voyage is scheduled by 2016. Palmer is confident, but notes: "Anything will sink if you put a hole in it."

A plan to build a life-size replica of the Titanic and sail her across the Atlantic—from one side to the other hopefully—was launched in New York yesterday. The man behind it, Australian mining tycoon Clive Palmer, expects Titanic II to be ready for her maiden voyage by 2016 and will have a crew of 900 people looking after its 2,435 passengers.

With four funnels and three classes of passenger travel, Titanic II will have some luxuries that were not available on Titanic I—a state-of-the-art hospital, a helicopter pad, and Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. (Hopefully the Titanic II won't have one thing that its predecessor did—an encounter with a large, unfriendly iceberg.)

The boat is being built in China's Jinling shipyard, just outside Nanjing, and its designer, Markku Kanerva, said it will be "absolutely the most safe cruise ship in the world when it is launched." Her predecessor's fate, however, does not seem to have affected demand, with 40,000 applications to take part in Titanic II's Atlantic crossing.

Palmer, who first announced the plan back in April 2012, the centenary of the ship's demise, says that he will travel steerage on the trip, because that's where the fun people will be. He helpfully pointed out that, with fewer icebergs in the North Atlantic, there is probably less chance of a collision. "Anything will sink if you put a hole in it," he said.

Would you travel on Titanic II, or are you saving your money to see, um, Celine Dion live in Vegas? Tell us what you think in the first-class cabin that is our comments section.

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  • Aspasia

    This arrogance is what created the disaster of Titanic I. Men with large egos requiring large monuments to that ego. This tragedy is something that should be solemnly respected not emulated.

     It is sacrilege to be so cavalier about the suffering and loss of life.  This was the 9/11 of its era.  You would do better to build a museum to the event rather than line your pockets and that of the Chinese with a vanity piece.

  • Barbara

    I wish I could be one of those 2435 passengers on the Titanic II.  I have been so addicted to the Titanic I, I wish I had enough money to pay for passage on the Titanic II,  I guess only in my dreams.

  • Sylvia

    Hi a few years ago the Titanic bug bit my dad, so he built a small wooden replica. We have a picture of it on its maiden voyage. It was and is a truly amazing ship.

  • Jae Jae

    I have always hoped and dreamed that one day someone would build a replica ship of the Titanic, I know it would be a dream come true for me if I could one day aboard this fabulous and luxurious star liner! Good luck and God bless to all that travel it! J Jae

  • Barbara

    Wouldn't it be awesome to be on Titanic II and having little skits on board with actors playing the first passenger in different areas of the Titanic II.  I would love to be there, on board, as I have been a Titanic fan since 1971.  I have tried to read everything about the Titanic since 1971, I find fascinating and very interesting.