A Ride On Titanic 2? No Thanks. Caitlin Fitzgibbons

There was a press conference yesterday in New York in which, billionaire Clive Palmer unveiled blueprints for a new Blue Star Liner. Not the best time to be pushing cruises on people, considering the recent Triumph debacle. However, Palmer didn’t unveil plans for for any old cruise – he announced the construction of the Titanic II.

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Yes. Really. The ship will be a replica of the original RMS Titanic from 1912 and the first voyage will embark in 2016 from South Hampton, England to New York. Passengers will get the chance to experience all the majesty of the original ship, complete with foods from the Titanic’s original menu and, of course everyone’s favorite: its class system. From a historic standpoint, that seems like an interesting idea – perhaps everyone pays the same amount per ticket and when you board the ship you’re assigned a room at random and get to see how all sorts of passengers lived. However, from what I’ve read, it will pretty much operate by whoever pays the most. So for example, the person who already offered a million to be on the first voyage will probably be in first class. If you’re poor but still want to travel on the ship of a lifetime, you will get to authentically experience third class. Passengers will also be given 1920s costumes to wear as part of their ticket price- so you’re either going to get something super dapper or probably something wool or tweed.

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Some other important details have yet to be decided, such as whether or not the ship will have WiFi, which is always such a crucial component of any elaborate 1900s experience. It’s also a great way to prevent people from reporting bad experiences on the ship such as “@CNN this corset I paid for is really chafing and I think it gave me lice” or “hey @huffpost these portions are really 1920s #FatandMad.” While internet access is up for debate, the ship will have air conditioning, no TVs and hopefully be equipped with modern plumbing (re: Hell Cruise).

Even though the entire idea is strange to me, there are definitely some positives. Palmer says the costumes “will help you pretend you’re in the movie.” Such a good idea right? Hopefully that means the chance to scream “I’m the king of the world!” from the bow or a custom oil painting in the nude and NOT the whole ‘running head on into an iceberg’ thing. Even if that happened, I’m sure everyone would be fine. I mean, in 2016, we all know cruise technology will be at its prime. Blue Star Line assures that it will be the safest cruise ship in the world when it launches. It’s almost as if they are claiming it will be unsinkable, which doesn’t sound familiar at all.

Hopefully these movie amusement attractions will pop up everywhere, like one based on Argo, where you can pretend you’re a hostage in Iran trying to get back to the US. Another plus: global warming is going to be in full swing, which will be horrible for polar bears, but great for Titanic II passengers. Palmer noted, “One of the benefits of global warming is there hasn’t been as many icebergs in the North Atlantic these days.” That’s really assuring. If I were going on the ship, and I wouldn’t because even that ’90s Titanic museum exhibit freaked me out, I’d be happy to know there aren’t as many icebergs that could bring me to my icy death – just a few.

Additionally, anyone who pays to go on this maiden voyage is really doing Palmer a favor. He said, “I want to spend the money I’ve got before I die. You might as well spend it, not leave it to the kids to spend. There will be enough left for them anyway.” We all know we’re always looking for ways to help rich hilarious billionaires like Palmer because it’s really hard to find good causes to spend your money on – just ask Bill Gates. All in all, I’m sure it will be fun and most importantly create tons of jobs, which we all know is important, given the state of our economy. Palmer doesn’t care what the cost is – which is why he decided it be built in China.  It’s just good for the 400,000 + individuals already interested in the ship to know that quality will not be sacrificed. After all, nothing that says “Made in China” ever breaks – or hits an iceberg.

What do you think? Would you go on the cruise? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. I think your being a bit hard on the idea of a Titanic 2, okay yes the original did sink and tragically took the lives of many people but no one complained about the Queen Mary 2, I have a very big interest in Titanic and think that Titanic 2 will give anybody a insight to what it will be like being on the ship personally i would love to be on it. Everybody is just thinking titanic 2 will sink because the original did, I wish Clive Palmer and Blue Star Line all the luck in the world and I will be in Southampton in 2016 for the start of the maiden voyage…

    • Kev – I wish the Titanic II all the luck in the world as well. I hope you have a fantastic voyage. Most of my article was in jest and a reaction to Clive Palmer’s ridiculous statements.

  2. I should add I like it written like that. It sounds way more glamorous!

  3. Living round the corner from Southampton, seeing it written as South Hampton made me chuckle. I think I’d be terrified if I went on this!

  4. I’d totally go. If I could. *sigh*

  5. I would go if I could afford it–maybe second class? Oh yeah, will there be rats? Anyway, I like the idea, but I would like it better with a rescue ship sailing right beside it, just in case. I also believe it would be more appropriate and respectful to give it the look of the original, and some commemorative words on a plaque or two on the ship, but to give it a completely different name. The appearance should be a memorial, but the name should be inspirational.

  6. Not sure.
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    People fond of roleplaying will probably go. Maybe a lot of poor people who would otherwise not have gone will probably too.
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    Titanic one did not have radar onboard. There were no satelites of any kind back then either. So, it´s likely that the ship in question will not sink bacause of an iceberg.
    If this ship is fitted with modern engines it might also be a lot faster than the original.

  7. I would absolutely go! I was 15 when Titanic came out, just old enough to realize how tragic it was and just young enough to have an overly obsessive crush on Leonardo DiCaprio. There was more Leo on my walls than there was paint. Seriously, straight up Leonardo wallpaper by the time I was done.
    That aside, I ended up doing all of my research papers on the for reals Titanic and used to dream about something like this happening. Truth be told, I would blow my money on building this ship in a heartbeat if I could, but I wouldn’t build it in China. I straight up love this ship.
    *Nerd Alert* I’ve wanted a replica of the grand staircase to be at the entrance way of my dream home since I was. . . . . . 15.

  8. ANd how exact is this “replica” exactly?

  9. I see nothing good coming of this. At all. The exact same route as the original ship, a cruise line one word off from the line that build the Titanic, and I’m assuming, just for kicks, that the ship will shove off on April 10th. A recipe for absolute disaster. And Palmer isn’t doing this to honor the 1500 people who died in the original sinking, he’s doing it for the fame, money and publicity. And personally, as a Titanic history buff, I’m extremely put off by it.

    • Also, as a “Titanic buff” (all you did was watch the movie), how do you explain the original reason behind the build of the first ship? Don’t know if you knew this but Titanic is the most famous ship, generating the most money in its name then any other and easily the most publicised floating bit of metal in human history. . . . ?

    • Holy crap. The school system sucks these days. Or maybe worse, the people that go to school are so implemented on how the social network operates. Look at the comment below for example: she believes that just because its the same design and layout of boat, that it was automatically hit another iceberg? Were you people dropped as babies? You think anyone is going to let a huge ship like that leave without navigation systems, radar, and night vision? No. They are not funny enough. The reason the Titanic sunk was because to very cold fuckers stood at night time looking for chunks of ice. God dam it, you people drive me nuts.

  10. If I went against my “absolutely not” instant inkling skills, I wouldn’t do anything but stand on the deck looking for an iceberg……. It happened once, and as the old adage goes……history repeats itself. Honestly, I think it is a waste of money that could be used to better our country/world in many other ways.

  11. Also to note, has anyone read In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick? Its the true story of Moby Dick. In the book, their whaling ship is split in two as a giant mad sperm whale jumps on top of it and sinks the thing. After this event the men sail their whaleboats (20 foot long open rowing boats with sails) thousands of miles to just off the coast of South America, During this journey, they run out of food and water. To stay alive they resort to cannibalism and eat those who die first. Very gruesome story. And all true. And you know what? As gruesome and violent as that all was, people still made whaling ships and whaleboats. The whaling industry still went on afterwards. In fact, hundreds of New England men died chasing whales. And they kept doing it. The building of this ship is not out of disrespect to those who were lost, It is to celebrate the marvel of a ship that was so far ahead of its time. It is a way to connect with those who passed. It is a way to relive history.

  12. Um… no. Call me superstitious, but this all seems like a really bad idea to me. I wouldn’t go out on the maiden voyage, at least. Someone else can be the guinea pig for that trip. hahaha.

    • Just saying, but they crashed because they had two guys (in the dark) looking for ice burgs. Nowadays, we have satellite, radar that can show you a gold fish two miles away in the ocean and above that night vision. This boat, is not going to sink! Personally, I think the people who are being negative about this need to grow up, how is this a bad thing? Who cares?

  13. Very interesting. I knew there had been thoughts of this for some time, but I had no idea someone actually pulled the trigger on the idea. In all honesty as a salty dog, people should not be upset about this. It is not the same ship. It is a modernization of the first. First off the ship was a complete marvel. It was the largest of it’s kind at the time. It had some big technological advances in it’s design. And it is history. I don’t see people raising hell about all the other replicas made in the world. The HMS Bounty? The first one burned. The second one sank. The Mayflower. Many people died on the trip over to Plimoth. The ship was replicated and is still in existence today. Even better, in WWII, US salvaged a bunch of ships from Pearl Harbor that people had died on, refit them, and sent them back to see. Yes, the Titanic was one of the biggest losses in maritime history, but you know what? The ship rests at the bottom and is a protected site. That doesn’t mean someone can’t use the lines of the ship and make a replica. Get over yourselves. I’m sure if someone had the funds, they’d also like to replicate the DKM Bismark. Are you going to throw a fit if someone does that too? Let’s just hope they fix all the obvious mistakes (i.e. lifeboats, steering and propellers, and lousy rivets).

  14. As someone from Southampton, and I’ve also visited the museum in Halifax, I personally think it’s completely disrespectful to be rebuilding this ship. The loss of life just to Southampton was huge, as hundreds of the crew lived in the city and I think it’s dishonouring their memory to build this ship. Besides, purely from a maritime point of view it’s highly unlucky and sailors are naturally superstitious so I can’t see them, or anyone for that matter, wanting to sign up to go on board. Let us learn from our mistakes, not rebuild them.

  15. I don’t see why so many people are upset about the building of this ship. I really hope I get the chance to be on this cruise. The Titanic is something I have been deeply interested in since I was very very little and I even had the chance to visit Southampton. For me, being able to experience a replica of a ship that I feel spiritually connected to would be a chance of a lifetime.

  16. This is totally disrespectful from a marine point of view. Let Titanic lay where she lays – but no, some fatcat has to build another one and make money off a historic disaster…sad. I’m sure relatives of those affected by the sinking are outraged, and so am I.

  17. not only no, but HELL no… and talk about blatant disrespect to those who didn’t make it off the first one! I hope it sails with no one on it. Little hope the rest of humanity has that kind of “let it lie” attitude, but it gives me hope.

  18. This guy is crazy…

  19. I just blogged about this same thing yesterday! Except I was far more interested in the idea of a Titanic 2 movie where Jack is back and he wants revenge for Rose hogging that door.

    http://markandmallory.blogspot.com/2013/02/titanic-dos.html

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