The Titanic II is to set sail from Southampton to New York in 2016.The replica ship will mimic the exact journey that the original Titanic took on the 15th April 1912.
The ship, that is currently being constructed in the Jinling Shipyard, China, is said to have an exterior that will resemble exactly the ill-fated ocean liner. The announcement of the construction of the ship, which is the project of Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, has been met with mixed reactions, with the family of the Titanic Master, Captain Edward Smith, calling the decision “bad taste.” Mr Palmer has said that the replica ship will be a tribute to all who died on the fatal journey back in 1912.
Speaking about the design of the ship, Ge Biao, the shipyard's director, said "it's difficult to replicate a luxury liner, but Jinling Shipyard has a history of 60 years of building various kinds of vessels with high quality."
"The liner will be equipped with advanced technologies, including the latest life-saving and communications systems to meet the requirements of modern navigation," added Li Wenbao, a spokesperson for the shipyard.
The ship will be able to accommodate 2,400 passengers and 900 crew members and will have 840 rooms. Since the announcement of the plans, Mr Palmer has received a number of inquiries from potential passengers, with some people offering up to £640,000 to be part of the inaugural voyage.
Mr Palmer is expected to announce further plans for the ship on the 2nd March at the Ritz in London. In a recent interview Mr Palmer was asked why he was building the replica ship, his response was “why not.”