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Titanic II - Recreating A Legend by Mary McShane

Updated on March 22, 2014

Published on February 25, 2014. Mary McShane, All Rights Reserved

Titanic II

The Grand Staircase Of Titanic II
The Grand Staircase Of Titanic II | Source

Titanic II under construction

How exciting! The Blue Star Line has contracted to build Titanic II.

The ship is being financed by 59 year old Australian billionaire mining tycoon Clive Palmer, the chairman of Blue Star Line. The CSC Jingling Shipyard in Nanjing, China was contracted to build the new cruise ship which will sail from Southhampton, England to New York, USA for her maiden voyage.

According to Australian newspaper The Courier Mail, Palmer wants Titanic II to be built bigger and better than the original, and to give passengers a real feel for the experience of sailing on the Titanic, including replica furnishings, menu, and ship design. He is not giving details of the cost of this undertaking and this writer could not find any articles giving an estimate.

Originally, his sales pitch was to book up to 1000 passengers to dine on stew and potatoes, and to dance the Irish jig in an effort to recreate the ambiance of traveling on the 1912 Titanic.

Early newspaper accounts say there will be circa 1910-1920 era costumes placed in state rooms as part of the ticket fee, to help passengers recreate the original Titanic experience from class to class. One report says that first class passengers won't be able to mingle with second or third class passengers. Instead they will exchange places and spend a few days in each of the class quarters, which is why the clothing is being provided.

With 21st century cruise passengers expecting to be pampered in luxury, I wonder how many passengers will take Clive Palmer up on his offer. Thankfully, all this marketing talk for the Titanic II is still in pre-planning stages. The details of the onboard experience have not been finalized nor have the tickets been put up for sale.

Here's hoping it is not a perfect replica of the original Titanic and that the ship has more than a few modern amenities.

This will be the first cruise ship contracted to the Chinese shipyard. They excel at building ships used for carrying coal and there is much speculation whether this might be too big a job for them to complete on time and within the budget.

I found this interesting:

Here we have a shipyard with no experience in building cruise ships and a billionaire with no experience in the cruise industry. Palmer's past investments and expertise lay in coal and iron ore, building golf courses and hotels, and investing in a horse stud.

Palmer is banking on the name "Titanic" to propel him into the world of cruise commerce and China is banking on the name "Titanic" to propel them out of building coal cargo ships and into luxury cruise liners.

Sounds like a perfect match!

Wanna buy a ticket?

Would you be a maiden voyage passenger?

If you were given a "free ticket" to sail Titanic II's maiden voyage, would you be a passenger on this ship?

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Titanic II

Proposed model of Titanic II
Proposed model of Titanic II | Source
Logo for Titanic II Blue Star Line
Logo for Titanic II Blue Star Line | Source

Clive Palmer

Clive Palmer
Clive Palmer | Source

First and Second Class and "Steerage"

The Titanic II promises to serve three distinctive classes, hopefully upgraded to today's standards. "Steerage" was the lowest priced ticket on Titanic I and will still be the lowest ticket on Titanic II. However steerage class will have many of the amenities that 21st century cruise passengers have come to enjoy and expect.

Although some news reports differ on the launch date (late 2016 to early 2017), the occupancy numbers are unanimous. Titanic II will hold 2600 passengers and about 900 in crew. The ship will have 850 cabins and 18 lifeboats, which is supposed to be enough for everyone on board. carrying 2,600 passengers in 850 cabins. It will employ about 900 crew members.

Let's hope the maiden voyage is not the last voyage.

Comparison between the two ships

Virtual tour of the new ship

Changing the subject a little bit ...

Titanic Museums - Almost like being there

Since the majority of readers (and myself!) will not be sailing on the Titanic II, and we clearly have missed the boat (thankfully) on Titanic I, I thought visiting some of the museums about the original Titanic might be fun.

The work and the effort that the "crew" do to making these museums an enjoyable experience is astounding. Each museum in each city brings something unique to the experience. Relatives and/or descendants of survivors have given their stamp of approval on either the museum they visited or the videos they viewed of the museums. It truly is an awesome experience.

While there are many museums, I have only chosen six videos. Although I have my own opinion which of the following videos would make me want to go visit their museum, I have placed a poll before the videos alerting you that your opinion is requested. After you view the videos, please come back to this poll and place your vote for the best presentation.

Enjoy!

Which video makes you want to go on their tour?

Which video presentation made you want to go visit their museum? Choose One:

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Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Titanic Museum in Branson, Missouri (in detail)

Titanic Museum at Belfast, Ireland - a "walk-through"

Titanic Museum in Belfast, Ireland Museum (behind the scenes)

Titanic Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada

Titanic Museum in Orlando, Florida

Thank you for visiting my hub about Titanic II. I hope to be able to write another article after the ship completes her maiden voyage in three years.

© Mary McShane, 2/25/2014

© 2014 Mary McShane

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    Lori Colbo 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

    Fascinating.

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    Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    How interesting about Titanic 2 you have accomplished an informative and well reviewed hub. It sounds a lot of hardwork

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    Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

    Mary, you did a great job with this article. I chose the Pigeon Forge Museum. It seems to be the most realistic and offers the entrants the opportunity to experience what the passengers went through on that fateful night.

    I would be willing to visit a museum, but not a chance on booking a trip on the Titanic II! Bad karma.....

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    Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    @lambservant - thank you for your visit.

    @DDE, Thank you for your comment. I'm working on an article about the original voyage now.

    @bravewarrior - Thank you for your comment. I also chose the Pigeon Forge video. It made me want to run right out and visit the museum. I thought the other museum locations did not put up a video that would bring in visitors. Sometimes a "visitor's center" type video looks so very 'chamber of commerce' looking and doesn't inspire you to go see it. At least that was my view.

    @ booking a ticket? Not even if they gave it to me for free. The name alone is bad karma. I agree with you! :)

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    John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

    Great hub Mary. Clive Palmer is a true Australian character, almost becoming an icon, and fellow Queenslander of mine. His resort at Coolum with world class golf course etc also has a collection of life size dinosaur replicas. Clive started his own political party last year because he was disenchanted with the major parties, one of whom he had been their biggest benefactor. He actuallywon senate places and is now a senator with the balance of power. It is his ambition to become Prime Minister, and even though he has mining interests, that is not out of the question. He used to be treated as a bit of a joke but now is being taken seriously and so he should. He is not a sheep and can't be intimidated as he is the richest man in Queensland. Every year he hosts an extravagant dinner at his resort serving things like caviar and other fine fare and invites only the poor and homeless. He stands up for what he believes even though sometimes he makes outlandish statements. I wouldn't book a ticket on the titanic 11 though. Good hub, voted up.

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    Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    @Jodah, Thank you for your comment expanding on Clive Palmer. He certainly does seem to be quite the character and able to withstand whatever comes his way re: criticism and controversy.

    I'm reminded of the saying: Money talks, and money is power.

    As you said, he is the richest man in Queensland and able to command a lot of attention using that wealth and the power that comes with it. One can only hope he is able to retain his fortune so that he is able to continue the work he has set out for himself and also continue to be a power to be reckoned with. Like anything else, one bad investment and a fortune can be lost.

    The same goes with our health.

    P.S. He needs to take better care of himself (healthwise, weight, etc.) or he won't be here long enough to complete his set course.

    With that said, I hope he makes a success of Titanic 2. I, for one, will be glad to stand on dock and wave goodbye to all who choose to board her. lol

    Thank you, John :)

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    Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    It's truly amazing that someone wants to recreate the Titanic experience. I remember seeing the original movie and watching the remake, with Leonardo DiCaprio. We toured the Queen Mary in California and it gave quite an insight into just how big these ships really are. It was an unforgetable experience. I'm not sure I'd want to travel on a ship with the same name of the one that sank. Superstitious? Maybe. Interesting read here.

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    Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    @PegCole17

    I think I'd be superstitious too. Thanks for reading

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    Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

    Mary, very interesting hub, I gave it a thumbs up, and interesting and shared. I like the stories about the Titanic. But I think it is way to scary for me. Kind-of-like tempting fate.

    Congratulations on winning the Gold Award from Jo_Goldsmith11.

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    Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    @Shyron E Shenko

    Yes, it would be like tempting fate! I don't think I'd be a guest even for free.

    Thank you for letting me know about Jo's Gold Award, I hadn't seen it before now. And thank you for reading, voting and sharing my hub.

    Mary

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    Taranwanderer 2 years ago

    Great read! And one of my favorite movies of all-time by James Cameron

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    Jason Ponic 7 weeks ago from Albuquerque

    Sadly this project has been considered abandoned. Clive Palmer's businesses are in financial turmoil and it's pretty much torpedoed his replica project.

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    John Hansen 7 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

    Yes, Clive Palmer has been suffering ill health and spending more time in court over the collapse of his company Queensland Nickle, than anything else.I doubt he will be continuing with any more grand projects like this one for some time to come, if ever.

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