Course Set To Build Replica Titanic For Duplicate Voyage – Sans Iceberg

Kim MacCormack

Sunday, December 2, 2018 2:52 AM UTC

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 2:52 AM UTC

A prop bet lets you pick whether the trans-Atlantic sail of Titanic II will be a success, but if you pick “no” make room for us on the door.

We wouldn’t count on you being able to stand on the railing on the ship’s bow, arms spread, yelling “I’m King of the World,” but plans are moving forward for the public to have an almost-movie experience on Titanic II.

Construction of a replica of the ill-fated ship, that hit an iceberg and sunk April 12, 1912, while on its maiden voyage, is the dream of Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer, who six years ago announced plans to build the new vessel. Since then, the project sputtered in fits and starts and was eventually suspended because of money woes.

Put now it seems the course has been righted and Palmer has announced that work will begin again. It seems his heart will go on. Yeah, a groaner but couldn’t resist.

It also has prompted a gallows-humor prop bet at sportsbook MyBookie.

Blue Star Line is creating an authentic Titanic experience, providing passengers with a ship that has the same interiors and 835-cabin layout as the original vessel, to produce the highest level of luxurious comfort. And yes, there will be the grand staircase as seen in James Cameron’s “Titanic,” the second-highest grossing movie of all time. Sorry, Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet not included.

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The ship also will offer the same sail class categories -- first, second and third -- and no worries about having to find a door to hoist yourself upon; there will be more than enough lifeboats for the more than 2,500 passengers and crew.

The company has engaged global partners including Finnish-based marine engineering company Deltamarin and Tillberg Design of Sweden to bring the grand vision of Titanic II to life.

Despite reports the new ship’s voyage to the U.S. would happen in 2022, following the planned path of the 1912 Titanic sans iceberg, no actual sail dates have been set. As a matter of fact, construction in China has yet to begin.

“The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York, but she will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivaled attention, intrigue and mystery in every port she visits,” Palmer told The Guardian.

“Millions have dreamt of sailing on her, seeing her in port and experiencing her unique majesty. Titanic II will be the ship where those dreams come true.”

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The new ship is touted as a mix of modern technology and original designs, but it will have no internet connection. So all of your favorite Jack and Rose movie moments you plan to recreate will have to be posted to Instagram and Facebook when the ship docks in the United States – if you get there. We kid!

Of course, you’ll get there. The ship will be several feet wider to provide additional stability and have a welded not riveted hull. Many experts now cite the rivets as a reason the unsinkable ship sank after hitting the iceberg. The promised “modern technology” includes the latest navigation and safety systems, a big upgrade from the 'berg-detecting guy with binoculars peering into the darkness.

The safety issue has prompted a prop bet on MyBookie related to the success of the new ship’s voyage.

Odds are +2000 that Yes, Titanic II Sinks on First Sail and -5000 No, It Does Not Sink On Its First Sail.

We consider it a pretty safe bet that whenever she sails, Titanic II will get a glorious welcome when she arrives to New York Harbor.

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